The Rising of the Women
Feminist Solidarity and Class Conflict, 1880-1917
A meticulously researched and brilliantly nuanced examination of the rise of feminism and its relationship with union and labor movements.
Focusing on the socialist housewives, settlement workers, and left-wing feminists who were the main allies of working women between the 1880s and World War I, The Rising of the Women explores the successes and failures of the "united fronts" within which middle- and working-class American women worked together to improve social and economic conditions for female laborers.
Through detailed studies of the Woman's Trade Union League, the Illinois Women's Alliance, the New York shirtwaist makers strike of 1909-10, and the 1912 textile workers strike in Lawrence, Massachusetts, Meredith Tax uncovers the circumstances that helped and hindered cross-class and cross-gender cooperation on behalf of women of the working class. In a new introduction to this first Illinois paperback edition, Tax assesses the progress of women's solidarity since the book's original publication.
"In this searching examination of the links between feminism, trade unionism, and socialism, Tax asks why the connection between the working-class struggle and the movement for women's liberation broke so often, and why, in the end, no lasting relationship developed. . . . [An] intelligent study of the failure of understanding and fragmentation of interests." -- Library Journal
"The Rising of the Women is indispensable for a comprehensive understanding of nineteenth- and early twentieth-century feminism." -- New Directions for Women
"Rich in historical detail, powerful in its analysis and interpretation, and wise in its recommendations for contemporary mobilization." -- Steven M. Buechler, Contemporary Sociology
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