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Fifty Years Of Change For American Women

Steve Scher
10/12/2010 at 9:00 a.m.

Fifty years ago, women needed their husband's permission to get a credit card. Now women are viable contenders for the presidency. How did the role of American women change so much in a generation? Gail Collins, the first female editorial page editor for the New York Times, takes a comprehensive look at what made it all possible, from politics to family.

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Gail Collins was the editorial page editor for the New York Times from 2001 to 2007 — the first woman to hold that position. She currently writes a column for the Times' op–ed page. She's the author of "America's Women," and her latest book, "When Everything Changed: The Amazing Journey of American Women from 1960 to the Present."

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