The Resurgence of Feminism: Movers and Shakers in the Sixties
I AM MYN OWENE WOMAN, WEL AT ESE. --Chaucer's Criseyde (quoted in Mary McCarthy's "The Man in the Brooks Brothers Shirt")
YOU CAN'T EXPECT A MAN TO GIVE YOU YOUR IDENTITY ON A SILVER PLATTER, WHICH IS WHAT SOCIETY WOULD HAVE US BELIEVE. THAT'S DISHONEST, AND IT HAS PRODUCED A LOT OF BITTER WOMEN. BECAUSE I HAVE WORK TO CARE ABOUT, IT IS POSSIBLE THAT I MAY BE LESS DIFFICULT TO GET ALONG WITH THAN OTHER WOMEN WHEN THE DOUBLE CHINS START TO FORM.
-- Gloria Steinem
I STILL THINK EVERY MALE SEES A CUNT AS A VELVETLINED SAFE-DEPOSIT BOX. WHAT'S VALUABLE IS WHAT they PUT IN THERE, AND HOW NICE IT FEELS. SO UNFAIR--IT'S ALL SO UNFUCKINGFAIR.
-- Lois Gould, Such Good Friends
Nineteen-sixty was still Eisenhower's year and the liberated sentiments just expressed were yet to come. The woman voter of 1960, technically the majority, was conservative and