Success And Solitude

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In the early 1960s, a wife, mother, and activist asked, "Is this all?" and the second wave of feminism was born. The Feminine Mystique marshaled support for women's causes, particularly among white, suburban homemakers who were educated but intellectually frustrated. Through the National Organization for Women, Betty Friedan and her colleagues aimed their message to both the frustrated homemaker and the employed middle-class woman. Thousands of grassroots and national organizations emerged as a sizable powerhouse...
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In the early 1960s, a wife, mother, and activist asked, "Is this all?" and the second wave of feminism was born. The Feminine Mystique marshaled support for women's causes, particularly among white, suburban homemakers who were educated but intellectually frustrated. Through the National Organization for Women, Betty Friedan and her colleagues aimed their message to both the frustrated homemaker and the employed middle-class woman. Thousands of grassroots and national organizations emerged as a sizable powerhouse for women's rights. Organizational membership grew, laws were passed, public policy acquiesced, and women entered academia, the workplace, and politics in dramatic fashion over only a few decades. Where is the Women's Movement today, a half century later? The answer is deeply rooted in the health and vitality of the organizations that comprise the national movement. Many women are now successful, but feminist organizations find themselves in solitude, nearly fifty years following The Feminine Mystique. In Success and Solitude, the women's movement as a national social movement is critiqued and analyzed at an organizational level.
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In a meticulously researched book, Maxwell discusses the changing identity of the feminist movement. Success and Solitude was made more enjoyable by Maxwell's careful efforts to make her research more than just facts and figures to the reader. The real gems in Maxwell's writing come in the latter part of the book, when she begins to piece together her arguments in an articulate and authoritative manner. 7 August 2009
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761845027
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc
  • Publication date: 3/28/2009
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Sarah Maxwell, Ph.D., is a lecturer in the School of Public Policy, Eller College of Management, at University of Arizona. She teaches courses in public and nonprofit management and policy.
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Table of Contents

Part 1 Tables Part 2 Figures Part 3 Preface Part 4 Acknowledgments Part 5 Section I: Building a Movement: From Friedan to NOW Part 6 The Fight for Equality; The Approach; So What?; Societal Trends and Feminism; Limitations to Studying Social Movements; Organization of the Book Part 7 Inequality and Resources in Social Movements:The History of Social Movement Theory: Bridging Theories to Yield Commonalities; Defining Social Movements for Analysis: Resources as the Foundation of Sustainability; Resource Mobilization and Commonalities Ap Part 8 Social Infrastructure, Resources, and Membership: Methodology; The Fight for Equality; Perceptions; Membership in Women's Organizations; Conclusion Part 9 Section II: The Changing Nature of the Women's Movement over Fifty Years Part 10 The Changing Nature of Educational Inequality for Women Part 11 Opportunities in the Labor Market, the Significance of 76 Cents Part 12 Political Equality: Indicators of Inequality in 2000-2008 Part 13 Changing Trends: We're Not Joining, but Friedan's Message Survives: Changes in Feminist Organizational Membership Since the 1980s; Membership Decline; General Trends among Women's Organizations; Trends in Perceived Discrimination, Membership, and Belief i Part 14 Success and Solitude Nearly a Half-Century Later: The Unfolding Feminist Organization Story: Why Is Membership Declining?; Are Women Still Experiencing Inequality? A Synopsis; Do Women Perceive Discrimination?; Linking Perceived Inequality and Attitudes a Part 15 Appendix Part 16 References Part 17 About the Author
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