Freedom for Women

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  • Copyright: 2010-04-25
  • Publisher: Univ Pr of Florida
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"Giardina presents a history of the women's liberation movement that captures the early excitement of collective feminist activity. Grounded in rich details, Giardina's study uncovers how a small group of people generated the ideas and strategies that helped a movement catch fire."--Anne M. Valk, author ofRadical Sisters "A fresh and provocative interpretation of the origins of the women's liberation movement. By examining the contributions of African American and white feminist 'founders, ' her work challenges widely held misconceptions about second wave feminism."--Christina Greene, University of Wisconsin In this richly detailed firsthand history of the contemporary Women's Liberation Movement (WLM), scholar-activist Carol Giardina argues against the prevalent belief that the movement grew out of frustrations over the male chauvinism experienced by WLM founders active in the Black Freedom Movement and the New Left. Instead, she contends, it was the ideas, resources, and skills that women gained in these movements that were the new and necessary catalysts for forging the WLM in the 1960s. Giardina uses a focused study of the WLM in Florida to tap into the common theory and history shared by a relatively small band of Women's Liberation founders across the country. Drawing on a wealth of interviews, autobiographical essays, organizational records, and published writings,Freedom for Womenbrings to light information that has been previously ignored in other secondary accounts about the leadership of African American women in the movement. It also explores activists' roots in other movements on the left. Comprehensive, serendipitous, and carefully formulated, Giardina's work is a vivid portrait of the people and events that shaped radical feminism.

Author Biography

Carol Giardina, visiting assistant professor of history at Queen's College in New York, is one of the founders of the modern Women's Liberation Movement.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Abbreviationsp. xv
Introductionp. 1
Toward a Female Liberation Movementp. 15
The "Borning" Movement: "The idea of doing something about it"p. 34
"Something had to be there already"p. 56
The Influence of Simone de Beauvoirp. 73
Next Steps to Women's Liberationp. 83
The Influence of Black Power on the Rise of Women's Liberationp. 100
"After that paper, there would be no turning back"p. 126
Support for Women's Liberation on the Left, New and Oldp. 145
Making the Women's Liberation Movementp. 173
The Movement Goes Nationwide: 1968-1970p. 193
The Movement Is Established: 1970p. 217
Epiloguep. 237
Notesp. 245
Selected Bibliographyp. 289
Indexp. 305
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