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American Woman: The Poll Dance: Women and…

American Woman: The Poll Dance: Women and Voting

by Kimberley A. Johnson

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I was introduced to Kimberley A. Johnson through Facebook. I enjoyed posts and comments that friends had posted and followed her. Seeing her newly-published book available, I bought it, downloaded to Kindle, and read it through in record time. Filled with facts and rich in pertinent autobiographical detail, the book insists that American women must finally gain constitutional guarantees of equality through passage of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). Then the Right-wing war on women, which has grown fashionable (and richly financed) since 2010 must be countered, in order than the next generations of women not have to fight the same battles as their great-grandmothers. Enough is too much.

Where Johnson stands on feminism is abundantly clear, but she argues against rigidity. Everyone can learn from everyone else. Too often people of all political stripes generalize, exaggerate, stereotype, and turn instantly to hatred and rancor, abandoning reasoning. Johnson gently urges us to avoid all of this. She can be earthy without seeking to shock. She provides abundant, concrete examples of how individuals can make a difference in the political process and in society -- primarily by voting, whether they want to or not. She has an empowering way about her, without demanding that anyone follow her chosen path into activism.

The book is a delight to read. It covers a variety of topics in history and sociology and is thought-provoking throughout. Beginning to read, I wondered how I, as an old, white guy, would relate to the material. I must say I never felt excluded or set up as a straw soldier. Johnson is no stereotypical hysterical man-hater (words she herself uses). I imagine women who have felt systemic discrimination will get more from this book than I, but I encourage all males of good faith to study and enjoy it. Women -- old, middle-aged, and young, politically Blue or Red (or purple), anywhere on the socio-economic spectrum -- can benefit greatly.

I'll be watching for Johnson's Facebook musings even more enthusiastically than before. ( )
  pdgarrett48 | Oct 26, 2014 |
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