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

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  • Copyright: 2008-05-23
  • Publisher: Univ of Illinois Pr

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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 neighbourhood 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.

Author Biography

Stephanie Gilmore is a visiting assistant professor of history and American studies at Trinity College, Hartford, Connecticut.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. vii
Thinking about Feminist Coalitionsp. 1
Creating a National Feminist Agenda: Coalition Building in the 1970sp. 19
Attentive to Difference: Ms. Magazine, Coalition Building, and Sisterhoodp. 48
The Making of Our Bodies, Ourselves: Rethinking Women's Health and Second-Wave Feminismp. 63
Taking the White Gloves Off: Women Strike for Peace and "the Movement," 1967-73p. 84
Enabled by the Holy Spirit: Church Women United and the Development of Ecumenical Christian Feminismp. 113
Fighting for Abortion as a "Health Right" in Washington, D.C.p. 135
Reconsidering Violence against Women: Coalition Politics in the Antirape Movementp. 163
"Welfare's Green Problem": Cross-Race Coalitions in Welfare Rights Organizingp. 178
Unlikely Allies: Forging a Multiracial, Class-Based Women's Movement in 1970s Brooklynp. 196
The Cooperative Origins of EEOC v. Searsp. 225
Demanding a New Family Wage: Feminist Consensus in the 1970s Full Employment Campaignp. 252
Learning from Coalitions: Intersections and New Directions in Activism and Scholarshipp. 285
Acknowledgmentsp. 295
Contributorsp. 299
Indexp. 303
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