Dear Sisters: Dispatches from the Women's Liberation Movement

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Women's liberation was the largest social movement in the history of the United States, and evidence of its monumental influence is everywhere -- in the schools, on the playing fields, in the media, the law and the workplace. Dear Sisters documents, celebrates and assesses the groundbreaking ideas and activities of women's liberation as the movement took off with such breadth and force in the late 1960s and 1970s.

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Overview

Women's liberation was the largest social movement in the history of the United States, and evidence of its monumental influence is everywhere -- in the schools, on the playing fields, in the media, the law and the workplace. Dear Sisters documents, celebrates and assesses the groundbreaking ideas and activities of women's liberation as the movement took off with such breadth and force in the late 1960s and 1970s.

Rosalyn Baxandall and Linda Gordon, distinguished scholars and former participants in women's liberation, have assembled a unique collection of posters and poems, songs and cartoons, manifestoes and leaflets. In their full, scholarly introduction and in their commentary on individual documents, Baxandall and Gordon interpret the movement for contemporary readers. They provide historical context as well as the flavor of those optimistic times, while also showing how the movement's ideas and achievements underlie today's controversies about such issues as abortion, homosexuality, affirmative action, welfare and day care funding. Capturing the subtle humor, passion and overwhelming diversity of women's liberation, Dear Sisters testifies to the enduring power of a movement that changed the world forever.

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Library Journal
Middle-aged feminists will greet with delight this wide-ranging compilation of original documents from 1968 to 1977, the days of "maximum grassroots participation in the women's movement." Two distinguished historians have gathered these articles, leaflets, position papers, drawings, and cartoons to record the thinking of myriad feminist groups overlooked by historians because of the difficulty in locating documents often written collectively or anonymously and circulated by samizdat. (Originals are now in the New York University library, available to the public.) The authors introduce the collection with an essay placing the movement in historical perspective, and each entry has its own brief introductory annotation. The documents--most have been abridged--are arranged in broad topical areas, and the diversity of perspectives is admirable. Although there is some overlap with Radical Feminism: A Documentary Reader, edited by Barbara Crow (New York Univ., 2000), Crow's focus on longer theoretical pieces will serve a scholarly audience, while Baxandall and Gordon's work will attract a larger public readership. Most libraries will want this volume.--Cynthia Harrison, George Washington Univ., Washington, DC Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.\
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A pair of scholarly movement participants assemble and comment on a unique collection, as the cover states, of "broadsides, cartoons, manifestos and other documents from the 20th century's most influential movement." Organized around the themes of the origins of second wave feminism, women's bodies, and institutions. Indexed by contributor. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Marie Claire
A fascinating and important chronicle of the women's liberation movement.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780465017065
  • Publisher: Basic Books
  • Publication date: 10/4/2000
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 7.71 (w) x 9.59 (h) x 1.09 (d)

Meet the Author

Rosalyn Fraad Baxandall is the author of Words on Fire: The Writings and Biography of Elizabeth Gurley Flynn and, with Elizabeth Ewen, of Picture Windows: How the Suburbs Happened. Linda Gordon is the author of The Great Arizona Orphan Abduction and Pitied But Not Entitled: Single Mothers and the History of Welfare.Rosalyn Fraad Baxandall and Linda Gordon first met in 1971 at a women's liberation demonstration and have been working together ever since. Both teach women's history at universities—Baxandall at SUNY/College at Old Westbury, Gordon at NYU—both are mothers, and both eagerly await the new feminist revival. Rosalyn Fraad Baxandall is the author of Words on Fire: The Writings and Biography of Elizabeth Gurley Flynn and, with Elizabeth Ewen, of Picture Windows: How the Suburbs Happened. Linda Gordon is the author of The Great Arizona Orphan Abduction and Pitied But Not Entitled: Single Mothers and the History of Welfare.Rosalyn Fraad Baxandall and Linda Gordon first met in 1971 at a women's liberation demonstration and have been working together ever since. Both teach women's history at universities—Baxandall at SUNY/College at Old Westbury, Gordon at NYU—both are mothers, and both eagerly await the new feminist revival.

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Table of Contents

I Origins
A Movement Arises
The New Left
New Organizational Forms
Feminist Theory
II Bodies
Health
Reproductive Rights
Sexuality
Objectification, Harassment, Violence
III Institutions
Family
Education
Work
Culture
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