Feminist Coalitions

Historical Perspectives on Second-Wave Feminism in the United States
Author: Edited by Stephanie Gilmore
The partnerships forged among second-wave feminists
Cloth – $125
978-0-252-03328-5
Paper – $28
978-0-252-07539-1
Publication Date: May 2008
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About the Book

Much of the scholarship on second-wave feminism has focused on divisions within the women's movement and its narrow conception of race and class, but the contributors to this volume remind readers that feminists in the 1960s and 1970s also formed many strong partnerships, often allying themselves with a diverse range of social justice efforts on a local grassroots level. These essays focus on coalitions and alliances in which feminists and other activists joined forces to address crucial social justice issues such as reproductive rights, the peace movement, women's health, Christianity and other religions, and neighborhood activism, as well as alliances crossing boundaries of race, class, political views, and sexual identity. The contributors bring fresh perspectives to feminist history by calling attention to how women struggled to include and represent diverse women without minimizing the difficulties of conceptualizing a singular feminism.

Contributors: Maria Bevacqua, Tamar Carroll, Marisa Chappell, Andrea Estepa, Sara M. Evans, Amy Farrell, Stephanie Gilmore, Cynthia Harrison, Elizabeth Kaminski, Wendy Kline, Premilla Nadasen, Caryn Neumann, Anne M. Valk, and Emily Zuckerman.

About the Author

Stephanie Gilmore is a former assistant professor of women's studies at Dickinson College and author of Groundswell: Grassroots Feminist Activism in Postwar America.