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

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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 neighborhood 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.

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"These fascinating and vivid essays complicate and expand our view of the coalitions that were able to come together and fight for common goals. Scholars and students in women's history, women's studies, and sociology will surely find this an invaluable reference as it introduces new histories of the women's movement and second-wave feminism."—Ruth Rosen, author of The World Split Open: How the Modern Women's Movement Changed America

“[Feminist Coalitions] does well in calling attention to the many identities of second-wave feminisms and the movement’s successful initiatives in work, health, reproductive, peace, and civil rights campaigns.”—The Journal of American History

“An important new dimension to the ongoing scholarship, revisioning the history of second-wave feminism.”—Oral History Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780252033285
  • Publisher: University of Illinois Press
  • Publication date: 5/23/2008
  • Series: Women in American History Series
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

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

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Table of Contents

Foreword Sara M. Evans Evans, Sara M.

1 Thinking about Feminist Coalitions Stephanie Gilmore Gilmore, Stephanie 1

2 Creating a National Feminist Agenda: Coalition Building in the 1970s Cynthia Harrison Harrison, Cynthia 19

3 Attentive to Difference: Ms. Magazine, Coalition Building, and Sisterhood Amy Farrell Farrell, Amy 48

4 The Making of Our Bodies, Ourselves: Rethinking Women's Health and Second-Wave Feminism Wendy Kline Kline, Wendy 63

5 Taking the White Gloves Off: Women Strike for Peace and "the Movement," 1967-73 Andrea Estepa Estepa, Andrea 84

6 Enabled by the Holy Spirit: Church Women United and the Development of Ecumenical Christian Feminism Caryn E. Neumann Neumann, Caryn E. 113

7 Fighting for Abortion as a "Health Right" in Washington, D.C Anne Valk Valk, Anne 135

8 Reconsidering Violence against Women: Coalition Politics in the Antirape Movement Maria Bevacqua Bevacqua, Maria 163

9 "Welfare's a Green Problem": Cross-Race Coalitions in Welfare Rights Organizing Premilla Nadasen Nadasen, Premilla 178

10 Unlikely Allies: Forging a Multiracial, Class-Based Women's Movement in 1970s Brooklyn Tamar Carroll Carroll, Tamar 196

11 The Cooperative Origins of EEOC v. Sears Emily Zuckerman Zuckerman, Emily 225

12 Demanding a New Family Wage: Feminist Consensus in the 1970s Full Employment Campaign Marisa Chappell Chappell, Marisa 252

13 Learning from Coalitions: Intersections and New Directions in Activism and Scholarship Elizabeth Kaminski Kaminski, Elizabeth 285

Acknowledgments 295

Contributors 299

Index 303

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