The Women's Liberation Movement in America

The Women's Liberation Movement in America

by Kathleen Berkeley
     
 

The women's liberation movement of the 1960s and 1970s changed the lives of a vast majority of women, especially young women, in America. This introduction to the movement provides not only a narrative overview, but a also wealth of ready-reference materials, including 13 lengthy biographical profiles of key figures, a broad selection of 15 primary source documents

Overview

The women's liberation movement of the 1960s and 1970s changed the lives of a vast majority of women, especially young women, in America. This introduction to the movement provides not only a narrative overview, but a also wealth of ready-reference materials, including 13 lengthy biographical profiles of key figures, a broad selection of 15 primary source documents, a glossary of terms, and a useful annotated bibliography. The women's liberation movement was an outgrowth of earlier waves of feminism, including the women's suffrage movement that gained women the right to vote in 1920. In a succession of chronologically organized chapters, Berkeley tells the tumultuous story of the movement from its historical roots through the present.

Berkeley examines the background of the modern movement in the early 20th century, by detailing the stirrings and development of the movement in the 1960s, analyzing the key issues that defined the feminist agenda in the 1970s, and chronicling the growing backlash against feminism that reached its peak in the 1980s. An epilogue offers an assessment of the impact of the movement on American society and the direction feminism may take in the 21st century. This narrative history and ready-reference guide to the movement will aid students in understanding this important movement in American life.

Editorial Reviews

VOYA
One of the Guides to Historic Events of the Twentieth Century, this well-organized and thoroughly researched and documented tool introduces the major concepts of and players in the women's rights movement. While tracing the history of the movement in the twentieth century from the eve of World War I to the early 1990s, the author does an excellent job of incorporating world events and other social reforms that influenced women's liberation. Much attention is given to the past two generations of women who shaped the latter part of the century as well as to the backlash against feminism that grew in the 1980s. Unfortunately readers will not find information on the "third wave feminists" or feminism's younger contemporaries such as Naomi Wolf, Katie Roiphe, or Elizabeth Wurtzel. Although the Clinton $ND Lewinsky scandal is detailed in the chronology of events, it is never developed in relation to feminism in the narrative. Because of the excellent organization and unique appendixes, students will be able to pull from this text what they most need, whether for research or personal interest. Short, informative biographies of the women who shaped the movement are helpful additions to the resource. A substantial section on primary documents includes many essential and informative works that reflect various struggles of the movement. Highlights include portions of President John Kennedy's Commission on the Status of Women report, the Equal Rights Amendment, Mitsuye Yamada's article "Asian Pacific American Women and Feminism," and Chief Justice William Rehnquist's conservative decision from Webster v. Reproductive Health Services. This essential tool is rounded out by an annotated bibliographyand a glossary of selected terms. Index. Biblio. Source Notes. Further Reading. Chronology. VOYA CODES: 4Q 2P S (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; For the YA with a special interest in the subject; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 1999, Greenwood, 256p. PLB $39.95. Ages 16 to 18. Reviewer: Katie O'Dell

SOURCE: VOYA, October 2000 (Vol. 23, No. 4)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780313298752
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
11/30/1999
Series:
Greenwood Press Guides to Historic Events of the Twentieth Century Series
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.41(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.91(d)
Lexile:
1500L (what's this?)

Meet the Author

KATHLEEN C. BERKELEY is Professor of History at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. She is the author of Like a Plague of Locusts: From an Antebellum Town to a New South City, Memphis, Tennessee, 1850-1880 (1991) and numerous articles including the 1986 History of Education Society's prize-winning selection The Ladies Want to Bring About Reform in the Public Schools: Public Education and Women's Rights in the Post-Civil War South. She is currently working on a biography of Charlotts Hawkins Brown, an African-American educator and race leader from North Carolina.

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