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Supersisters Trading Cards
(NY), (Supersisters), (1979). A complete set of 72 Supersisters trading cards, issued in 1979 as counterpoint to an arena of overwhelmingly male representation. In 1978, sisters Lois Rich and Barbara Egerman wrote to nearly 500 prominent women of the time: the first 72 to respond were included, and the cards are numbered in the order responses were received. The issued set includes American actors, activists, artists, athletes, authors, aviators, journalists, musicians, politicians, and business executives. It is notably short on scientists, but for Margaret Mead, who passed away in 1978 and is the only woman included posthumously. Though arguably more fascinating for those names that have since faded from mind, some of the more recognizable names include Gloria Steinem, Katharine Graham, Bella Abzug, Meredith Monk, Helen Thomas, Helen Reddy, and Helen Hayes. The roster is nearly 90% white, but minority representation includes Sonia Manzano, Rosa Parks, Barbara Gardner Proctor, Ruby Dee, Miki Gorman, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Leslie Uggams, Shirley Chisolm, and Ntozake Shange. Photos on the front; biographical statements, accomplishments, and occasional quotes on the verso -- all provided by the respondents. 72 cards, plus a colophon noting that each woman had given permission for her inclusion in the series. There is an edge-stain to one side that does not extend onto the card faces; a near fine set, lacking the plastic case. Three copies located in OCLC. [#035144] $1,000

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