Moving the Mountain: The Women's Movement in America Since 1960

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University of Illinois Press, 1999 - History - 628 pages
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"Moving the Mountain tells the story of the struggles and triumphs of thousands of activists who achieved "half a revolution" between 1960 and 1990. In this book, Flora Davis presents a grass-roots view of the small steps and giant leaps that have changed laws and institutions as well as the assumptions, prejudices, and unspoken rules governing a woman's place in American society. Looking at every major feminist issue from the point of view of the participants in the struggle, Moving the Mountain conveys the excitement, the frustration, and the creative chaos of feminism's second wave."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
  

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Contents

The Opening Salvos
15
The Resurgence of Liberal Feminism
26
The Founding of NOW
49
The Birth of Womens Liberation
69
Experiments in Radical Equality
94
The Media and the Movement
106
Congress Passes the ERA
121
Turning Points
137
Equal Pay and the Pauperization of Women
332
Diversity From the Melting Pot to the Salad Bowl
356
Why the ERA Lost
385
The Eclipse of the Gender Gap
415
The New Right and the War on Feminism
433
The Unending Struggle over Abortion
453
The Womens Movement in the 1980s
471
The Future of Feminism The 1990s and Beyond
491

The Relegdization of Abortion
157
Women in Politics
184
Changing Education
205
The Womens Health Movement
227
Lesbian Feminism
259
Feminists and Family Issues
278
Violence Against Women
308
Acknowledgments
513
Abbreviations Frequently Used
517
Notes
519
Bibliography
597
Index
607
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About the author (1999)

Davis has taught writing and journalism at the New School for Social Research and at Fordham University in New York City. She writes frequently about women's issues for national magazines.

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