By Judith Nies
At the peak of the Vietnam warfare protests, twenty-eight-year-old Judith Nies and her husband lived a likely idyllic lifestyles. either have been construction 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 condo of the famed Marjorie Merriweather publish 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 a thorough flip. surprised to discover herself the point of interest of an FBI research into her political actions, Nies started to reevaluate her position as thankful worker and dutiful spouse. In The lady I Left Behind, she chronicles the reports of these ladies who, like herself, reinvented their lives in the middle of a wildly transferring social and political landscape.
In a clean, candid examine the 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 condo 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 implications of the feminist flow at the similar girls who made it happen—and at the daughters born of their wake.