Feminist Coalitions: Historical Perspectives on Second-wave Feminism in the United States

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Stephanie Gilmore
University of Illinois Press, 2008 - History - 307 pages
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Much of the scholarship on second-wave feminism has focused on divisions within the women's movement and its narrow conception of race and class, but the contributors to this volume remind readers that feminists in the 1960s and 1970s also formed many strong partnerships, often allying themselves with a diverse range of social justice efforts on a local grassroots level. These essays focus on coalitions and alliances in which feminists and other activists joined forces to address crucial social justice issues such as reproductive rights, the peace movement, women's health, Christianity and other religions, and neighborhood activism, as well as alliances crossing boundaries of race, class, political views, and sexual identity. The contributors bring fresh perspectives to feminist history by calling attention to how women struggled to include and represent diverse women without minimizing the difficulties of conceptualizing a singular feminism.

Contributors are Maria Bevacqua, Tamar Carroll, Marisa Chappell, Andrea Estepa, Sara M. Evans, Amy Farrell, Stephanie Gilmore, Cynthia Harrison, Elizabeth Kaminski, Wendy Kline, Premilla Nadasen, Caryn Neumann, Anne M. Valk, and Emily Zuckerman.

 

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Contents

Ms Magazine
48
Rethinking
63
Women Strike
84
Church Women
113
Fighting for Abortion as a Health Right
135
CrossRace
178
Forging a Multiracial ClassBased
196
The Cooperative Origins of EEOC v Sears
225
Feminist Consensus
252
Intersections
285
Acknowledgments
295
Index
303
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Stephanie Gilmore is a visiting assistant professor of history and American studies at Trinity College, Hartford, Connecticut.

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