In Here She Is, Hilary Levey Friedman reveals the surprising ways pageants have been an empowering feminist tradition. She traces the role of pageants in many of the feminist movement’s signature achievements, including bringing women into the public sphere, helping them become leaders in business and politics, providing increased educational opportunities, and giving them a voice in the age of #MeToo. Using her unique perspective as a NOW state president, daughter to Miss America 1970, sometimes pageant judge, and scholar, Friedman explores how pageants became so deeply embedded in American life — from their origins as a P. T. Barnum spectacle at the birth of the suffrage movement through today. She looks at how pageantry has morphed into culture everywhere from The Bachelor to Cheer and specialized contests. Friedman also acknowledges the damaging and unrealistic expectations pageants place on women in society and discusses the controversies. Presenting a more complex narrative than what’s been previously portrayed, Here She Is shows that as American women continue to evolve, so too will beauty pageants.
Here She Is: The Complicated Reign of the Beauty Pageant in America
- From the Publisher
September 1, 2019
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