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Gail Collins traces the triumphs and defeats 'when everything changed'
Hosting a BookExpo America 2009 book and author breakfast panel, conservative 'Morning Joe' MSNBC-TV host and author Joe Scarborough set aside political differences of opinion and introduced liberal New York Times political op-ed columnist Gail Collins and her new book, When Everything Changed (Little, Brown and Company; October, 2009), noting several things he had learned in reading it. Collins began her presentation to booksellers by describing how a New York Times Sunday Magazine essay on 'one thousand years of women' she wrote for a special edition commemorating the millenium evolved into two volumes of women's history covering over 400 years, beginning with Pocahontas, Eleanor Dare and the 'dolls, drudges, helpmates and heroines' of America's Women and followed by the second volume focused on the last 50 years of American history, When Everything Changed. Detailing a few of the great triumphs and defeats of trend-setting women since 1960, Collins illustrated how these headline moments led to profound changes in women's daily lives, altering the fabric of life over the past half century. Collins wrapped her book presentation noting the famous soap opera General Hospital episode when Luke raped Laura as a seminal moment in women's history.

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