Feminists Who Changed America, 1963-1975

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Barbara J. Love
University of Illinois Press, Sep 22, 2006 - History - 526 pages
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Documenting key feminists who ignited the second wave women's movement

Barbara J. Love’s Feminists Who Changed America, 1963-1975 will be the first comprehensive directory to document many of the founders and leaders (including both well-known and grassroots organizers) of the second wave women's movement.  It tells the stories of more than two thousand individual women and a few notable men who together reignited the women's movement and made permanent changes to entrenched customs and laws.

The biographical entries on these pioneering feminists represent their many factions, all parts of the country, all races and ethnic groups, and all political ideologies. Nancy Cott's foreword discusses the movement in relation to the earlier first wave and presents a brief overview of the second wave in the context of other contemporaneous social movements. 


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This book is great as a resource for anyone interested in learning about the courageous and forward thinking feminists of the Second Wave. But unlike most reference books, once you start reading it's hard to put down!

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I recently found this book and perused the table of contents. Although it is expansive, I could hardly refer to this review as "comprehensive". Given it's seemingly inclusive title, I find it personally disturbing in that so many sisters are missing. Many of us who fought the fight to advance feminist ideals and many other aspects of societal change for justice, racial and gender equality and "bread and roses" are noticeably missing. I find myself wondering how the author sought out individuals to interview.
If there is to be a second volume, an addendum to acknowledged as many of the great number of womyn as can be identified and here left unrecognized, I would recommend one resource to as a start - OLOC - Old Lesbians Organizing for Change. Of course many womyn will still not be found, but the womyn in OLOC had been active in the 60s and 70s and continue now. These womyn would not only be assets as individuals, but would likely recall those womyn with whom they worked in the past.


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Barbara Love has worked as an editor, writer, and journalist, and is currently a member of the board of the Veteran Feminists of America. She is the author of Foremost Women in Communications and coauthor of Sappho Was a Right On Woman.

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