Righting Feminism: Conservative Women and American Politics / Edition 1

Righting Feminism: Conservative Women and American Politics / Edition 1

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by Ronnee Schreiber
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0195331818

ISBN-13: 9780195331813

Pub. Date: 06/28/2008

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

When we think of women's activism in America, figures such as Gloria Steinem and Betty Friedan invariably come to mind—those liberal doyennes who have fought for years to chip away at patriarchy and achieve gender equality. But women's interests are not synonymous with organizations like NOW anymore. As Ronnee Schreiber shows, the conservative ascendancy that

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When we think of women's activism in America, figures such as Gloria Steinem and Betty Friedan invariably come to mind—those liberal doyennes who have fought for years to chip away at patriarchy and achieve gender equality. But women's interests are not synonymous with organizations like NOW anymore. As Ronnee Schreiber shows, the conservative ascendancy that began in the Reagan era has been accompanied by the emergence of a broad-based conservative women's movement. And while firebrands like Ann Coulter and Phyllis Schlafly may be the public face of rightwing women's activism, a handful of large and established women's organizations have proven to be the most effective promoters of the conservative agenda.

Righting Feminism shows that one of the key—albeit overlooked—developments in political activism since the 1980s has been the emergence of conservative women's organizations. It focuses on the most prominent of these groups, Concerned Women for America and the Independent Women's Forum, to reveal how they are using feminist rhetoric for conservative ends: outlawing abortion, restricting pornography, and bolstering the traditional family. But ironically, these organizations face a paradox: to combat the legacy of feminism—particularly its appeal to the majority of American women—they must use the rhetoric of women's empowerment. Indeed, Schreiber amply illustrates how conservative activists are often the beneficiaries of the very feminist politics they oppose. Yet just as importantly, she demolishes two widely believed truisms: that conservatism holds no appeal to women and that modern conservatism is hostile to the very notion of women's activism.

Based on numerous interviews with colorful conservative activists and extensive analyses of organizational documents, Righting Feminism offers a new way of understanding the unlikely intersection of women's activism and conservative politics in America today.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195331813
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
06/28/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     ix
Introduction     3
Conservative Women's Political Activism     17
Playing "Femball": CWA and IWF as Women's Organizations     39
Are Women Victims? Framing Violence against Women     56
Finding Common Ground: Constructing Mothers' Interests     78
Representing Women's Health Interests     96
The Political Implications of Conservative Women's Activism     117
Appendix A     129
Appendix B     131
Notes     133
Bibliography     155
Index     169

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Righting Feminism: Conservative Women and American Politics 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
elvagould More than 1 year ago
women with everything want to take away things from women with nothing. But if they need any one of the things they want to take away, they can buy it somewhere else. They are speaking out of a position of privelege.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Scholarly, insightful, well-written book on an interesting aspect of current culture. Clearly describes current conservative women's politics in a historical context.