March 24, 1980 12:00 PM

Edited by Suzanne Levine & Harriet Lyons

A ’60s counterpart of this book would have been embarrassingly thin. But in the ’70s the feminist presence became so pervasive in every aspect of life that this fascinating, 253-page, scrapbook-size history can hardly do it justice. From the wealth of material, the editors drew excerpts from national magazines, speeches, court decisions, polls and manifestos that charted the advances and defeats of feminism. There are also more than 500 photographs. After a lengthy but thoughtful preface by Gloria Steinem, the book is divided into 27 sections ranging from Work, Politics and Men to Violence, Sports and Marriage. Even feminists’ nemeses like Marabel Morgan, Phyllis Schlafly and Anita Bryant are given space. Neither scholarly nor meant to be, this anthology is an objective, restrained and useful reminder of what a difference a decade has made. (Paragon paperback, $8.95; Putnam hardcover, $17.95)

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