A Feminist In The White House: Midge Constanza, The Carter Years And America’s Culture Wars
Saturday October 27, 4:30 - 6:00
The Women's Museum of California, 2730 Historic Decatur Road, Barracks 16,
Liberty Station, Point Loma, 92106
A feminist, an outspoken activist, and a woman without a college education – Margaret “Midge” Costanza was one of the unlikeliest of White House insiders. Yet in 1977, under the Carter administration, she was the first female to be appointed an assistant to a U.S. President. A FEMINIST IN THE WHITE HOUSE illuminates how many of the twists and turns in Costanza’s life were lessons in the nature of power, the high price of being “the first,” and the possibilities and pitfalls of being both an idealist and a politician.
ABOUT THE BOOK:A friend and colleague of Costanza, author Doreen Mattingly explores “the unlikely path” of a trailblazer in A FEMINIST IN THE WHITE HOUSE: Midge Costanza, the Carter Years, and America’s Culture Wars, who, to the dislike of many, prioritized her own principles over political expediency. Drawing on her own research and an unfinished memoir, Mattingly charts Costanza’s humble beginnings in Rochester, New York, her tumultuous 20-month stint in the White House, and her unwavering commitment to political issues and living life to its fullest.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Dr. Doreen J. Mattingly is Professor and Chair
of Women’s Studies at San Diego State University.
She resides in San Diego, CA.
Dr. Doreen J. Mattingly holds a PhD in Geography from Clark University, and MA from UCLA, and a BA from UC Berkeley. Dr. Mattingly regularly teaches courses titled: Women’s Work, Sex, Power, and Politics, Women in International Development, and Women’s Movements and Activism, and has led SDSU travel study trips exploring women’s lives in Asia, Latin America, and Europe. Her academic publications are on a range of topics, including women’s employment, domestic work, immigration, urban politics, feminist research methods, and women’s activism in the 1970s.
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