The Other Feminists: Activists In The Liberal Establishment

The Other Feminists: Activists In The Liberal Establishment

  • Publish Date: 2013-11-05
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Author: Susan M. Hartmann
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This intriguing book enriches our understanding of the womens movement in the United States by showing how feminists captured a place for their goals on the agendas of four male-dominated liberal organizations in the 1960s and 1970s: the American Civil Liberties Union, the National Council of Churches, the Ford Foundation, and the International Union of Electrical Workers. Susan M. Hartmann examines the efforts of women and men who had few ties to the independent womens movementand thus have been neglected in studies of second-wave feminismbut who nonetheless contributed substantially to the spread of feminist ideas and practices into the mainstream of American society. She identifies key resources that these establishment groups furnished the independent womens movementmoney, legitimacy, and access to the critical arenas of public opinion and government.
Revising the common view that the second wave of feminism was a white middle-class phenomenon, Hartmann discovers significant numbers of women of color and working-class women who pushed feminist agendas. In demonstrating how feminist change took place within establishment organizations, the book highlights the processes and the benefits that attended the incorporation of feminism into the frames of economic and racial justice, individual rights, and Christian values. It thus illuminates both the reach and the staying power of second-wave feminism.

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