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By Lauren Kessler

Communists vilified her as a raging neurotic. Leftists brushed off her as a burdened idealist. Her kin pitied her as an exploited lover. a few stated she was once a traitor, a stooge, a mercenary and a grandstander. To others she was once a real American heroine—fearless, principled, daring and resolute. Congressional committees enjoyed her. The FBI hailed her as an avenging angel. The Catholics embraced her. however the truth is, greater than part a century after she captured the headlines because the "Red secret agent Queen," Elizabeth Bentley continues to be a mystery.

New England-born, conservatively raised, and Vassar-educated, Bentley was once groomed for a quiet existence, a small existence, which she explored in brief within the Twenties as a instructor, educating well-heeled younger ladies at the fantastic thing about Romance languages at an east coast boarding college. yet in her mid-twenties, she rejected either previous and destiny and set herself on a completely new path. within the Nineteen Thirties she embraced communism and fell in love with an undercover KGB agent who initiated her into the area of espionage. by the point the USA plunged into WWII, Elizabeth Bentley used to be directing the operations of the 2 greatest secret agent earrings in the USA. ultimately, she had 80 humans in her mystery gear, 1/2 them staff of the government. Her resources have been in all places: within the departments of Treasury and trade, in New Deal organisations, within the top-secret OSS (the precursor to the CIA), on Congressional committees, even within the Oval Office.

When she defected in 1945 and instructed her story—first to the FBI after which at a sequence of public hearings and trials—she was once catapulted to tabloid reputation because the "Red undercover agent Queen," ushering in, nearly single-handedly, the McCarthy period. She was once the government’s big name witness, the FBI’s most vital informer, and the darling of the Catholic anti-Communist move. Her disclosures and accusations positioned a halt to Russian spying for years and helped to set the tone of yankee postwar political life.

But who was once she? a wise, self sufficient girl who made her offerings freely, correct and mistaken, and had the power of personality to determine them via? Or was once she used and manipulated through others? smart lady is the definitive biography of a conflicted American lady and her debatable legacy. Set opposed to the backdrop of the political drama that outlined mid-twentieth century the United States, it explores the secret agent case whose explosive household and international coverage repercussions were debated for many years yet now not absolutely revealed—until now.

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4. See especially Firestone (1970), Mitchell (1974), and Zaretsky (1973). 5. Feminist theorists who stress psychological processes, for example, do not reject the notion of a distinct feminine personality. They disagree, however, with more conventional psychological theory about the social value of these gender differences or the inherent superiority of masculine personality traits. See, for example, Chodorow (1978) and Gilligan (1982). Explaining Women's Behavior I 25 Feminists have suggested two probable "causes" for women's subordination vis-a-vis men.

10 / Hard Choices among different cohorts at different ages. This table reveals an interesting difference between the baby boom mothers born between 1930 and 1940 and the baby boom offspring born between 1945 and 1959. Although only about 20 percent of the women in the older group were childless by the time they reached their late twenties, well over 30 percent of the younger group remained childless throughout their twenties. Among those born between 1945 and 1949, almost 20 percent were childless well into their thirties; for those born between 1950 and 1954, over 35 percent were still childless as they approached thirty.

As Milkman (1980:102) notes, The link between women's domestic labor and their wage labor, to which Marxist-feminists attribute the allocation of women to specific jobs, is actually an ideological link. There is nothing intrinsically "feminine" about the jobs women do as wage workers. Marxist feminists argue that women as a group form an underclass of exploited workers in the home and the workplace. Industrial capitalism makes all women, regardless of their husbands' or fathers' class positions, economically, socially, politically, and ultimately psychologically dependent upon men.

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