The World Split Open: 2how the Modern Women's Movement Changed America

Front Cover
Viking, 2000 - Social Science - 446 pages
15 Reviews
In this "indispensable book" (Sandra Gilbert), Ruth Rosen takes the reader on an unforgettable journey through the last half of the twentieth century, charting the accomplishments and failures of a movement that transformed American families, business, politics, and society.Weaving together ten years of archival research and interviews, Rosen turns the long and complicated history of the women's movement into a compelling and coherent narrative. The World Split Open provides a "you are there" account of the inner workings of the women's movement, from the publication of The Feminine Mystique in 1963 and the inception of Ms. Magazine to the feud between Betty Friedan and Gloria Steinem and the backlash of the nineties. Writing with vigor and grace, Rosen has created the balanced, meticulously documented, and evocative history that we expect from a distinguished scholar and activist. With uncompromising integrity, The World Split Open challenges us to understand how the women's movement has forever altered our lives and why the revolution is far from over.

From inside the book

What people are saying - Write a review

User ratings

5 stars
4 stars
3 stars
2 stars
1 star

Review: The World Split Open: How the Modern Women's Movement Changed America

User Review  - David Bates - Goodreads

In The World Split Open Ruth Rosen provides an overview of second wave feminism from the early sixties to the nineteen eighties, charting the rise of the Women's Movement and its impact on American ... Read full review

Review: The World Split Open: How the Modern Women's Movement Changed America

User Review  - Marleen - Goodreads

Amazing historical and sociological account of the women's movement. Comprehensive and thought provoking. Not to be missed. Read full review


Dawn of Discontent
Female Generation Gap
Limits of Liberalism

10 other sections not shown

Common terms and phrases

References to this book

All Book Search results »

About the author (2000)

Ruth Rosen is professor of history at the University of California at Davis. She writes regularly for "Dissent" and "The Women's Review of Books,

Bibliographic information