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The News and Its Pictures

AS THE 1980s DRAW to a close, the image of women in the mass media is still taking a beating. In part, this is the result of a well-orchestrated right-wing campaign against independent women. Spearheaded by the attack on abortion rights, most so-called feminist issues have been steadily torpedoed during the Reagan era. Overall, women made no economic gains, except for that minority of genteel women—mainly Anglo-Saxon Protestant—who were enlisted by Wall Street during its “bull” market, which only widened economic disparities. But it will not be an image of the successful, economically upwardly mobile woman that will stand for the ’80s. Rather, it will be the image of a beaten, genteel woman—Hedda Nussbaum—that apparently will represent the feminine status quo.

This is only fitting. The ’80s began with the image of another abused (emotionally rather than physically), genteel woman—Jean

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