To say that Madeleine May Kunin has lived an extraordinary life is an absurd understatement! Governor, ambassador, deputy secretary of education, professor, poet, feminist… the list just goes on. Coming of Age: My Journey to the Eighties, a memoir, contemplates the emotional changes that come along side the physical changes of aging.
Governor Kunin has written three previous books: Living a Political Life (Knopf), and The New Feminist Agenda: Defining the Next Revolution for Women, Work, and Family (New York Times Editor's Choice) and Pearls Politics and Power. She has more energy than two 40-year-olds. She is currently James Marsh Scholar Professor-at-Large at the University of Vermont, serves on the board of the Institute for Sustainable Communities (ISC), and she recently launched Emerge Vermont to encourage and support women in politics.
"With Coming of Age, Madeleine May Kunin continues in her role as bearer of light for women everywhere. This time, she holds the lantern while walking gracefully, passionately and authentically toward her final years. Like the woman herself, Kunin's memoir is exquisite." -- Vermont Woman
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Many readers are already familiar with Madeleine Kunin, the former three-term governor of Vermont, who served as the deputy secretary of education and ambassador to Switzerland under President Bill Clinton.
The first time Madeleine M. Kunin ran for office it was because she thought there ought to be more women in politics. In time she fulfilled that belief by becoming the first woman governor of Vermont. Throughout her career, Kunin found that the rules for women politicians were different: she would not be forgiven (nor would she forgive herself) for neglecting her family.