Impossible to Hold: Women and Culture in the 1960s by Lauri UmanskyImpossible to Hold: Women and Culture in the 1960s by Lauri Umansky

Impossible to Hold: Women and Culture in the 1960s

byLauri UmanskyEditorAvital Bloch

Hardcover | February 1, 2005

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With Jackie in a pill-box hat and Marilyn crooning to the president, the 1960s opened with women hovering at the fringes of the public imagination—and ended with a feminist movement that outpaced anything NASA could concoct. A compelling story, but did it really happen that way?

Unlike many accounts of the era, Impossible to Hold revels in the complexities of female identity and American culture. The collection's sixteen original essays move beyond conventional discussions of hippie chicks and Weatherwomen to examine the diverse lives of women who helped to shape religion, sports, literature, and music, among other aspects of the cultural hodgepodge known as the sixties.

From familiar names like Yoko Ono, Carole King, and Joan Baez to lesser-known figures like Anita Caspary and Barbara Deming, the women revealed in Impossible to Hold represent a variety of points on the celebrity and feminist spectrums. The book traces women who sought to break into “male” fields, women whose personae and work link the radical sixties to earlier cultural traditions, and those who consciously confronted power structures and demanded change. Separately and together, their cultural work informed the sixties and their biographies offer a lucid and complex picture of that proverbial “long decade.”

Title:Impossible to Hold: Women and Culture in the 1960sFormat:HardcoverDimensions:368 pages, 9.41 × 7.24 × 1.04 inPublished:February 1, 2005Publisher:NYU PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0814799094

ISBN - 13:9780814799093


Editorial Reviews

“One of the strongest aspects of this book is that it ignores the usual female suspects in discussions of the sixties. It also focuses on women and the culture of the sixties instead of feminism during the sixties. Almost none of the women profiled in the text self-identified as feminists, yet their cultural contributions helped make a huge impact for women of future generations.&#8221:
- Altar Magazine,