Synopses & Reviews
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.
Contributors are Maria Bevacqua, Tamar Carroll, Marisa Chappell, Andrea Estepa, Sara M. Evans, Amy Farrell, Stephanie Gilmore, Cynthia Harrison, Elizabeth Kaminski, Wendy Kline, Premilla Nadasen, Caryn Neumann, Anne M. Valk, and Emily Zuckerman.
"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
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 crossing boundaries of race, class, and sexual identity. These essays focus on alliances that addressed crucial social justice issues such as reproductive rights, women's health, the peace movement. Christianity and other religions, and neighborhood activism.
A fresh new look at the productive partnerships forged among second-wave feminists
About the Author
Stephanie Gilmore is a visiting assistant professor of history and American studies at Trinity College, Hartford, Connecticut.