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Author Fitzgerald, Sara, 1951-

Title Elly Peterson [electronic resource] : "mother" of the moderates / Sara Fitzgerald ; with a foreword by Haynes Johnson.

Imprint Ann Arbor : University of Michigan Press, 2011.


Location Call No. OPAC Message Status
 Axe ProQuest E-Book  Electronic Book    ---  Available
Description 318 p., [10] p. of plates : ill.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary "A magisterially written, well-researched, informative, and entertaining biography of a woman who helped throw open the doors to broader participation and power for women in the Republican Party and American politics."--Dave Dempsey, author of William G. Milliken : Michigan's Passionate Moderate. Elly Peterson was one of the highest ranking women in the Republican Party. In 1964 she ran for a Michigan seat in the U.S. Senate and became the first woman to serve as chair of the Michigan Republican Party. During the 1970s she grew disenchanted with the increasing conservatism of her party, united with other feminists to push for the Equal Rights Amendment and reproductive choice, battled Phyllis Schlafly to wrest control from her of the National Federation of Republican Women, and became an independent. Elly Peterson's story is a missing chapter in the political history of Michigan, as well as the United States. This new biography, written by Sara Fitzgerald (a Michigan native and former Washington Post editor), finally gives full credit to one of the first female political leaders in this country. When Peterson retired in 1970 as assistant chairman of the Republican National Committee, David Broder of the Post wrote that her abilities would have earned her the national chairmanship were it not for the unwritten sex barrier that both parties have erected around that job."-- Provided by publisher.
Reproduction Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, MI : ProQuest, 2015. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest affiliated libraries.
Subject Peterson, Elly Maude, 1914-2008.
Republican Party (Mich.) -- History -- 20th century.
Republican Party (Mich.) -- Biography.
Republican Party (U.S. : 1854- ) -- History -- 20th century.
Republican Party (U.S. : 1854- ) -- Biography.
Women politicians -- Michigan -- Biography.
Politicians -- Michigan -- Biography.
Women's rights -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Conservatism -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Michigan -- Politics and government -- 1951-
United States -- Politics and government -- 1945-1989.
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Added Author Johnson, Haynes, 1931-
ProQuest (Firm)
ISBN 9780472117871
9780472027620 (e-book)

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