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

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Penguin Books, 2006 - History - 444 pages
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In this enthralling narrative-the first of its kind-historian and journalist Ruth Rosen chronicles the history of the American women's movement from its beginnings in the 1960s to the present. Interweaving the personal with the political, she vividly evokes the events and people who participated in our era's most far-reaching social revolution. Rosen's fresh look at the recent past reveals fascinating but little-known information including how the FBI hired hundreds of women to infiltrate the movement. Using extensive archival research and interviews, Rosen challenges readers to understand the impact of the women's movement and to see why the revolution is far from over.

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THE WORLD SPLIT OPEN: How the Modern Women's Movement Changed America

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A lively, comprehensive chronicle of the women's movement from Betty Friedan's The Feminine Mystique (1963) through the backlash of the —90s. Rosen (History/Univ. of California, Davis; The Lost ... Read full review

The world split open: how the modern women's movement changed America

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This portrait of postwar American feminism is both a study in social history and a memoir; but Rosen's (history, Univ. of California, Davis) personal narrative takes nothing away from her scholarship ... Read full review


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Ruth Rosen, a professor emerita at the University of California, Davis, teaches history and public policy at U.C. Berkeley.  She is the editor of The Maimie Papers and author of Prostitution in America. She is a former columnist for the Los Angeles Times and editorial writer and columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle. A cofounder and senior fellow of the Longview Institute, she writes for a wide variety of magazines and journals, including, The History News Network,, The American Prospect, Dissent, The Nation,, and is a regular contributor to the online political Web site Talking Points Memo Café.

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