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Gail Collins of “The New York Times” Discusses Her Book on America’s Women Oct. 1

Date Released: 8/31/2007

New York Times columnist Gail Collins will discuss her current book “America’s Women: 400 Years of Dolls, Drudges, Helpmates and Heroines,” at Purchase College on Monday, October 1 at 7 PM in the Recital Hall of the Purchase College Performing Arts Center.  Ms. Collins will sign copies of her book after the lecture. Admission is free. For more information, call 914-251-6550.

Purchase College is located at 735 Anderson Hill Road, Purchase, NY.

Gail Collins joined the New York Times in 1995 as a member of the editorial board and later as an op-ed columnist. In 2001 she became the first woman ever appointed editor of the Times editorial page.  At the beginning of 2007, she stepped down and began a leave in order to finish a sequel to “America’s Women,” updating it to women since 1960.  She returned to the Times as a columnist in July 2007.

Before joining the Times, Ms. Collins was a columnist at New York’s Newsday and the New York Daily News, and a reporter for United Press International.  Her first jobs in journalism were in Connecticut, where she founded the Connecticut State News Bureau, which provided coverage of the state capitol and Connecticut politics.  When she sold it in 1977, the CSNB was the largest news service of its kind in the country, with more than 30 weekly and daily newspaper chains. 

Besides “America’s Women,” which was published in 2003, Ms. Collins is the author of “Scorpion Tongues: Gossip, Celebrity and American Politics,” and “The Millennium Book,” which she co-authored with her husband, Dan Collins.

“America’s Women” features a stunning array of personalities from women peering worriedly over the side of the Mayflower to feminists having a grand old time protesting beauty pageants and bridal fairs. Courageous, silly, funny and heartbreaking, these women shaped the nation and our vision of what it means to be female in America.  Ms. Collins charts a journey that shows how people lived, what they cared about, and how they felt about work, sex and marriage.  She describes the way women’s lives were altered by dress, fashion, medical advances, rules of hygiene, social theories about courtship and the ever-changing attitudes toward education, work and politics.