On the Cusp

The Women of Penn '64

Non-Fiction - Social Issues
198 Pages
Reviewed on 09/06/2018
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Reviewed by Maria Beltran for Readers' Favorite

On the Cusp: The Women of Penn '64 by Anne Sceia Klein and Vilma Barr looks at the emergence of women as they invade a man's world. This is a collection of real life stories of nineteen University of Pennsylvania women graduates on the threshold of a world where the role of women was drastically changing. Their stories are varied as they invade the world of business, academics, professional careers, and society in general, areas which at that time were firmly controlled by men. The year is 1964 and without a collective conscious effort on their parts, these women ushered in the new era of the late 60's and early 70's that had a lasting effect on the women of today.

Anne Sceia Klein and Vilma Barr's On the Cusp: The Women of Penn '64 is a tribute to nineteen trailblazing women that have profoundly changed the role of women in society. Many young women today do not realize that the empowerment of women came slowly and with great difficulty, and On the Cusp is a book that can remind them of how different things were in the past. On the Cusp is aptly titled since in the early 60's, these women were ushering in the biggest cultural and economic revolution in the history of the United States of America. And since the stories are told in their own words, the book gives its reader the feeling of meeting these extraordinary women personally. Today, women are no longer relegated to the traditional roles of housewife, mother, secretary, teacher or nurse and, to a certain extent, we owe it to the women of Penn '64.