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Breaking the Wave : Women, Their Organizations, and Feminism, 1945-1985 - Kathleen A. Laughlin

Breaking the Wave

Women, Their Organizations, and Feminism, 1945-1985

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Breaking the Wave is the first anthology of original essays by both younger and established scholars that takes a long view of feminist activism by systematically examining the dynamics of movement persistence during moments of reaction and backlash. Ranging from the "civic feminism" of white middle-class organizers and the "womanism" of Harlem consumers in the immediate postwar period, to the utopian feminism of Massachusetts lesbian softball league founders and environmentally minded feminists in the 1970s and 1980s, Breaking the Wave documents a continuity of activism in both national and local organizing that creates a new discussion, and a new paradigm, for twentieth century womena (TM)s history.

Contributors: Jacqueline L. Castledine, Susan K. Freeman, Julie A. Gallagher, Marcia Gallo, Sally J. Kenney, Rebecca M. Kluchin, Kathleen A. Laughlin, Lanethea Mathews, Catherine E. Rymph, Julia Sandy-Bailey, Jennifer A. Stevens, Janet Weaver, and Leandra Zarnow.

Acknowledgementsp. ix
Forewordp. xi
Introduction: The Long History of Feminismp. 1
Mainstream, Leftist, and Sexual Politicsp. 9
Civic Feminists: The Politics of the Minnesota Federation of Business and Professional Women's Clubs, 1942-1965p. 11
The Legal Origin of "The Personal is Political": Bella Abzug and Sexual Politics in Cold War Americap. 28
"I'm Glad as Heck That You Exist": Feminist Lesbian Organizing in the 1950sp. 47
Women's Global Visionsp. 63
Exporting Civic Womanhood: Gender and Nation Buildingp. 65
The National Council of Negro Women, Human Rights, and the Cold Warp. 80
From Ladies Aid to NGO: Transformations in Methodist Women's Organizing in Postwar Americap. 99
The Politics of Locationp. 113
The Consumers' Protective Committee: Women's Activism in Postwar Harlemp. 115
"Pregnant? Need Help? Call Jane": Service as Radical Action in the Abortion Underground in Chicagop. 136
Feminizing Portland, Oregon: A History of the League of Women Voters in the Postwar Era, 1950-1975p. 155
Barrio Women: Community and Coalition in the Heartlandp. 173
Feminist Consciousness and Movement Persistencep. 189
"Stop That Rambo Shit... This is Feminist Softball": Reconsidering Women's Organizing in the Reagan Era and Beyondp. 191
"It Would Be Stupendous for Us Girls": Campaigning for Women Judges Without Wavingp. 209
Building Lesbian Studies in the 1970s and 1980sp. 229
Conclusion: Looking Backward, Looking Forwardp. 246
Selected Bibliographyp. 252
Contributor Biographiesp. 257
Indexp. 261
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ISBN: 9780415874007
ISBN-10: 0415874009
Series: New Directions in American History
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 268
Published: 21st September 2010
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.39
Edition Number: 1