Significant Contemporary American Feminists: A Biographical Sourcebook


The history of the second wave of feminism in the United States demonstrates the potential for both serious social change and seemingly intractable divisions among women. Race, ethnicity, social class, sexual orientation, and religion have all been dividing influences among women, shaping their various perspectives on and relations to the women's movement. Yet collectively, women's efforts--identified as second wave feminism--are seen as having made a difference. This book highlights the lives and work of fifty second wave feminists, women who have served as catalysts in the developing feminist movement. A diverse group--playwrights and politicians, grassroots organizers and scientists, poets and theologians--they provide the reader with compelling stories of individual women's lives, collective feminist struggles, and the possibilities of feminist social change.

Additional information

Includes content by:
  • Gönul Pültar
  • Judith Richards
  • Marina Karides
  • Joya Misra
  • Julie A. Davies
Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Westport, CT
Publication year:
  • 1999