A MUST READ POLITICAL HISTORY AND MEMOIR FOR OUR TIMES
JOY BEHAR: I think it’s a very good idea even to review the decade and say, well, this is where I used to be. I mean you know, that famous line, title from a book, I remember, THE GIRL I LEFT BEHIND, is so true. It’s like you look back and you say, who was that girl?
JANE FONDA: Usually the girl was pretty good. The problem for us women starts at about puberty. And the trick to aging, the way I think people can age, as a woman, you circle back to the girl. And you know that girl for the first time.
EXCERPT from Joy Behar Interview with Jane Fonda on her new book “Prime Time” http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/1108/10/joy.01.html
Aired August10, 2011 “The Joy Behar Show”
The book’s narrative style—blunt, unflinching, honest—serves the story well…educational and entertaining, with a wry, ironic wit evident throughout.”
Nies has written a fascinating account of her personal experience interwoven with her observations of a pivotal decade of political and social history.
--Ellen Steinbaum, Boston Globe
Nies moves nimbly between descriptions of her unique personal situation and recollections of the more general climate for women...A potent reminder of how much things have changed -- and stayed the same.
--The Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch
At the height of the Vietnam War protests, Judith Nies held “the most interesting job in Washington” as the chief staffer to a core group of anti-war congressmen. A graduate of John Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) with an impressive international resume, Nies had everything she needed to succeed in Washington except for one obvious characteristic: she was the wrong gender.
Hitchhiking on the road
From the port of Izmir (Turkey), we traveled along the coast to Miletus, Didyma, Ephesus, Bodrum and into another world and another dimension of time. Today I see them as names on a map, but then they were my route into the world of myth, a world so ancient and so overpowering that my underdeveloped imagination simply quit.
Swampscott Tomboys baseball team of 1907
Three out of the ten players in this women's baseball team have the last name "Nies." In 1907, only five years after Queen Victoria died, most formal portraits of women were wedding photos. This unusual team photo had been preserved in my Aunt Alice's attic. Alice Nies, top row second from left was second base and captain; May Nies, first row, second from right, was left field; and Claire Nies, top row, second from right, was center field.
Photographer Bernie Boston took this iconic photograph during an anti-Vietnam Warm demonstration in 1967. It appeared in the Washington Star Newspaper and I called up and bought a copy of the photo the day it appeared.