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Reviews by Ashley Josleyn French

Ashley Josleyn French

Ashley Josleyn French is completing a masters program in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. She also holds a MA in Sociology of Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. Ashley is a program consultant at a private educational organization in Manhattan and enjoys ambling around Brooklyn with her husband and son.

Big Girls Don’t Cry: The Election that Changed Everything for American Women

As we entered our hotel after a day of sightseeing while on vacation in New York City in September 1984, my father lifted me onto his shoulders so I could see what the fuss was all about in the lobby. The lights were bright and there were lots of tall men in suits all around us. With my father’s direction, I could see the backs of the heads of the Democratic presidential and vice-presidential candidates trying to navigate the crowd. I can still picture the back of Geraldine Ferraro’s head; all I remember from that moment was that her hair was blond and in a hairstyle similar to my mother’s.