Climbing the Wall

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1994, Vol 39(2), 131–133. Reviews the book, Women on the Front Lines: Meeting the Challenge of an Aging America edited by Jessie Allen and Alan Pifer (1993). The material presented in this book takes a decidedly womanist perspective. The social problems that create and maintain limitations for older women are clearly exposed. Critical alternatives are offered, and the development of distinctive policy is discussed throughout the text. In many cases the material presented gives the reader a penetrating view of the reality of diverse older women in the United States in the 1990s. The information is presented by furnishing both aggregate data describing overall information concerning women and specific data concerning racially diverse women. This mixture is effectively mastered by using experts representing various disciples that are wrestling with assessing and understanding the lives of older women. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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