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Feminists Who Changed America, 1963-1975

Feminists Who Changed America, 1963-1975

EDITED BY Barbara J. Love
Copyright Date: 2006
Pages: 576
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    Feminists Who Changed America, 1963-1975
    Book Description:

    Barbara J. Love’s Feminists Who Changed America, 1963-1975 is 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 racesand ethnic groups, and all political ideologies. Nancy F. 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.

    eISBN: 978-0-252-09747-8
    Subjects: Bibliography, Sociology, History

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  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-iv)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. v-vi)
  3. Foreword
    (pp. vii-x)
    Nancy F. Cott

    How did the women’s movement begin in the 1960s? At the time, to young women like myself, it seemed to come out of nowhere, riveting one’s awareness to women as a subject sex. Suddenly women’s stories demanded attention. Women became the most interesting people in the world.

    Yet it did not come out of nowhere. The great upsurge had been building for decades, its near antecedents being in gender equality efforts in labor unions and leftwing activism during and after World War II, as well as in the longer campaign to write equal rights into the U.S. Constitution. Sociologist Helen...

  4. Introduction
    (pp. xi-xvi)

    This bookhadto be written. The 2,220 biographies in this reference work must be available for anyone who wants to understandwhythe second wave women’s movement succeeded so quickly and pervasively. More than any other social revolution in history, ours grew from the struggles of thousands of individuals to erase thousands of separate forms of discrimination in every sector of society.

    Not only did this book need to be written, it needed to be written soon, in our lifetime when most of the subjects could provide first-hand accounts.

    It was clear to me that feminists who had written...

  5. Acknowledgments
    (pp. xvii-xx)
  6. Editors and Advisory Board
    (pp. xxi-xxii)
  7. Donors
    (pp. xxiii-xxiv)
  8. Abbreviations
    (pp. xxv-xxviii)
  9. Biographies A – Z

  10. Index
    (pp. 507-526)
  11. Back Matter
    (pp. 527-528)