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The Story of Jane by Laura Kaplan
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Oct 25, 2022 | ISBN 9780593471081

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“A dramatic and important piece of women’s history.”
Publishers Weekly

“[A] powerful story . . . invaluable to organizers, feminist historians, and anyone concerned about contemporary threats to personal liberty.”
Kirkus Reviews

“Remarkable. . . . Kaplan’s engrossing tales of the quiet courage of the women who risked their reputations and freedom to help others may remind many readers of other kinds of outlaws who have resisted tyranny throughout history.”
Chicago Sun-Times

“This is lively, nuanced history that brings to life the hopes, terrors, and disappointments of a movement committed to giving women control over their own bodies.”

“Kaplan tells all about Jane’s inspiring history in this fantastic book.”

“As a study of this remarkable but little-known phenomenon, this book will be of value to anyone interested in women’s health, the women’s movement, and women’s reproductive health and rights, particularly now that those rights are coming under increasing attack.”
Library Journal

“Kaplan, who joined Jane in 1971, has pieced together the histories of the anonymous (here identified only by pseudonyms), average-sounding women who transformed themselves into outlaws.”
Cleveland Plain Dealer
The Story of Jane is a piece of women’s history in step with feminist theory demanding that women tell their own stories. It serves to remind people of an important and often overlooked moment in the women’s rights movement.”
Seattle Weekly

“[Kaplan] draws on her personal recollections and interviews with Jane members and clients and the doctors who performed the abortions to provide a well-written, detailed history of this radical group. . . . A dramatic and important piece of women’s history.”
Publisher’s Weekly

“Weaving together the voices and memories of her former co-workers, Kaplan recounts how the group initially focused on counseling women and helping them find reliable, reasonably priced doctors. . . . Kaplan’s account of this remarkable story recaptures the political idealism of the early ‘70s. . . . 23 years after Roe v. Wade, the issues and memories raised by the books are close and all too relevant.”
San Francisco Chronicle
“Fascinating. . . . The Story of Jane succeeds on the steam of Kaplan’s gripping subject and her moving belief in the power of small-scale change.”

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