A History of U.S. Feminisms

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Seal Press, 2008 - History - 192 pages
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The History of U.S. Feminism is an introductory text designed to be used as supplementary material for first-year women's studies students or as a brush-up text for more advanced students. Covering the first, second, and third waves of feminism, The History of U.S. Feminism provides historical context of all the major events and players since the late nineteenth century through today.
The chapters cover first-wave feminism, a period of feminist activity during the nineteenth and early twentieth century which focused primarily on gaining women's suffrage; second-wave feminism, which started in the '60s and lasted through the '80s and is best understood as emphasizing the connection between the personal and the political; and third-wave feminism, which started in the early '90s and arose in part from a backlash against the movements propagated by the second wave.

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Prologue vii
Chapter 1 Feminisms Legacy 1
Fighting for the Vote 21
Seeking Liberation and Equality 57
Embracing Contradiction 103
Chapter 5 Knowing Our History Changing Our Future 137
Readers Guide 151
Further Reading and Resources 154
Sources 161
Index 165
Acknowledgments 175
About the Author 177

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Rory C. Dicker is the coeditor of Catching a Wave: Reclaiming Feminism for the 21st Century (Northeastern University Press, 2003). A native of New York State, Dicker completed her undergraduate studies in English and French at the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, and earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in English from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. After teaching for several years at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri, she returned to Nashville, where she lives with her husband and daughter. She teaches courses in English and Women’s and Gender Studies at Vanderbilt University.

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