Movers and Shakers: American Women Thinkers and Activists, 1900-1970

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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

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Preface ix
  • 1 - The Feminist View 1
  • Notes 30
  • 2 - Feminism in the Early Years, 1900-1920 31
  • 3 - The Hope Deferred, 1920-1940 97
  • 4 - The Bleak and Lonely Years, 1940-1960 171
  • 5 - The Resurgence of Feminism: Movers and Shakers in the Sixties 229
  • Index 309
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