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Moving the Mountain : The Women's Movement in America since 1960 - Flora Davis

Moving the Mountain

The Women's Movement in America since 1960

Paperback Published: 1st May 1999
ISBN: 9780252067822
Number Of Pages: 632

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"Moving the Mountain" tells the story of the struggles and triumphs of thousands of activists who achieved 'half a revolution' between 1960 and 1990. In this award-winning book, the most complete history of the women's movement to date, Flora Davis presents a grass-roots view of the small steps and giant leaps that have changed laws and institutions as well as the prejudices and unspoken rules governing a woman's place in American society. Looking at every major feminist issue from the point of view of the participants in the struggle, "Moving the Mountain" conveys the excitement, the frustration, and the creative chaos of feminism's Second Wave. This title includes a new afterword that assesses the movement's progress in the 1990s and prospects for the new century.

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"Deliberately short on feminist theory and free of rhetoric, this balanced, gripping, inspirational chronicle of the contemporary women's movement in the U.S. should be a standard resource for years to come."-Publishers Weekly "This is an unbiased, finely detailed account of the second wave of the women's movement in America. Rarely is history so emotionally compelling as in Davis's depiction of the struggles and anger of these activist women."-Library Journal "Davis's level-headed analysis of how and why some feminist efforts succeed and some fail should provide an invaluable source of information and inspiration for many."- -Kirkus Reviews "Highly readable, highly accurate, highly recommended."-Muriel Fox, founder and past chairwoman of the National Organization for Woman "Lively and involved; it should appeal to those readers who are curious about the sources of contemporary feminism and the extent to which it has transformed America." - M. Christine Anderson, Michigan Historical Review "A very readable and illuminating narrative showing how ordinary people confronted with injustice sought to right wrongs and change the prevailing culture which relegated women to subordinate roles... A wonderfully accessible and enjoyable book which should be read by all who are interested in the way personal struggles can create wider social movements that address social ills. Rich in detail and narrative." -- Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare

Introduction: The View from the Kitchen Tablep. 9
Thoughts on the 1999 Editionp. 12
The Second Wave Begins: Reinventing Feminism
The Opening Salvosp. 15
The Resurgence of Liberal Feminismp. 26
The Founding of NOWp. 49
The Birth of Women's Liberationp. 69
Experiments in Radical Equalityp. 94
The Media and the Movementp. 106
Congress Passes the ERAp. 121
Turning Pointsp. 137
The Movement Divides and Multiplies
The Relegalization of Abortionp. 157
Women in Politicsp. 184
Changing Educationp. 205
The Women's Health Movementp. 227
Lesbian Feminismp. 259
Feminists and Family Issuesp. 278
Violence Against Womenp. 308
Equal Pay and the Pauperization of Womenp. 332
Diversity: From the Melting Pot to the Salad Bowlp. 356
Why the ERA Lostp. 385
Confronting the Political Realities
The Eclipse of the Gender Gapp. 415
The New Right and the War on Feminismp. 433
The Unending Struggle over Abortionp. 453
The Women's Movement in the 1980sp. 471
The Future of Feminism: The 1990s and Beyondp. 491
Acknowledgmentsp. 513
Abbreviations Frequently Usedp. 517
Notesp. 519
Bibliographyp. 597
Indexp. 607
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ISBN: 9780252067822
ISBN-10: 0252067827
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 632
Published: 1st May 1999
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.3  x 3.6
Weight (kg): 0.85
Edition Type: New edition