By Judith Nies
At the peak of the Vietnam struggle protests, twenty-eight-year-old Judith Nies and her husband lived a possible idyllic existence. either have been development their respective careers in Washington—Nies because the speechwriter and leader staffer to a middle crew of antiwar congressmen, her husband as a Treasury division economist. They lived within the carriage condominium of the famed Marjorie Merriweather put up property. but if her husband introduced domestic an inventory of questions from an FBI dossier with Judith's identify at the entrance, Nies quickly learned that her lifestyles was once approximately to take an intensive flip. stunned to discover herself the focal point of an FBI research into her political actions, Nies started to reevaluate her function as thankful worker and dutiful spouse. In The woman I Left Behind, she chronicles the stories of these ladies who, like herself, reinvented their lives in the middle of a wildly moving social and political landscape.
In a clean, candid examine the Nineteen Sixties, Nies pairs illuminating descriptions of feminist leaders, women's liberation protests, and different pivotal social advancements with the tale of her personal transformation right into a staunch activist and author. From exposing institutionalized sexism on Capitol Hill in her first released article to orchestrating the removing of a separate "Ladies Gallery" at the condominium flooring to taking management of the ladies in Fellowships Committee, Nies discusses her personal efforts to magnify women's offerings and to alter the workplace—and how the repercussions of these efforts within the sixties can nonetheless be felt this day.
A heartfelt memoir and piercing social statement, The woman I Left Behind recounts one woman's brave trip towards independence and equality. It additionally evaluates the results of the feminist flow at the similar girls who made it happen—and at the daughters born of their wake.