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August 05, 1988 - Image 15

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1988-08-05

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The book chronicles the
roles of women who brought
feminism to the forefront and
depicts tales of those who
worked behind-the-scenes. In
"Sisterhood," Cohen refutes
rumors that Betty Friedan —
who was married with
children — was a lesbian, and
explains that Friedan was
more of a feminist pioneer
than the well-known Gloria
Steinem, who got involved in
the women's movement much
later than Friedan.
She discusses how Steinem
considered suicide when she
found out she was pregnant
just days before abortions
became readily available in
the United States. She went
to England for the abortion.
And she shares her many
interviews with noted
feminists Germaine Greer,
Kate Millet, Ti-Grace Atkin-
son and Susan Brownmiller.
"I am telling readers about
what happened, why and how
the media pliyed things,"
Cohen explains. "I'm talking
about these women, who they
are and not how they were
portrayed by the media. We
are talking about their im-
ages versus reality."

It wasn't difficult for Cohen
to select the book topic. As a
journalist who had written
articles for The New York
Times Magazine, The Ladies
Home Journal and other
magazines, Cohen — at the
time an editor at the New
York Daily News — was ready
for a new challenge.
"Doesn't every journalist

want to write a book?" she
It was a natural progression
that took time and a lot of pa-
tience. At one point, Cohen
tried to return her advance
money to the publisher,
Simon and Schuster Inc., so
she could quit. The project
was too big, she thought.
Cohen moved to New York
City in 1974, well after most
of the feminist battles had
cooled. She missed a lot of the
rallies and other activities,
which made the task of
writing the book
Still, Cohen remembers her
own experiences with sexism
during her early years as a
journalist at the upstate New
York Binghamton, Sun-
Bulletin. The proud cub
reporter was showing her first
byline to a friend, who asked,
"Why are you doing _this to
your parents? Don't you like
your family?"
Cohen was appalled. Yet the
remark wasn't uncommon for
the generation. She recalls a
similar sexist attitude from
her days as a student at
Radcliffe College. Once,
Cohen reminisces, she went
to a professor to discuss her
plans to become a reporter.
The professor advised the
young writer to use her
education to teach her
"The book is about the bat-
tle," Cohen says. "Now we are
working on the peace. There
may be more options for
women, but there is more



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Pollack Wins Primary,
Will Face Carl Pursell


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tate Sen. Lana Pol-
lack, D-Ann Arbor,
easily defeated
University of Michigan
economics professor Dean
Baker in Tuesday's primary
for the second congressional
With 70 percent of the
precinct results tallied,
Pollack secured 68.4 percent
of the votes in the district,
which comprises parts of
Washtenaw, Jackson,
Hillsdale and Lenawee coun-
ties. She now moves on to the
November general election to
try to unseat six-term
Republican U.S. Rep. Carl
"It is on to Carl Pursell —
a win in November," Pollack
told a crowd of about 200 sup-
porters after. Baker conceded
late Tuesday evening. It was

Baker's second attempt at the
congressional seat.
Pollack, 45, who is Jewish,
has served for six years in the
state senate. Before being
elected to the legislature in
1982, she served as a trustee
with the Ann Arbor board of
If she wins in November,
Pollack will become the se-
cond Jewish woman in
In other races, Jewish can-
didates didn't fare as well.
Jeff Leib, 46, a former West
Bloomfield township trustee,
placed second to Chief
Oakland County Prosecutor
Richard Thompson in the
race to replace L. Brooks Pat-
terson, outgoing Oakland
County prosecutor.
Thompson will face
Democrat Barry Kraemer in
Paul J. Fischer, 30, lost in
his first judicial bid for the

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