New Book on USA Second Wave Feminism

Feminist Coalitions: Historical Perspectives on Second-Wave Feminism in the United States
Edited by Stephanie Gilmore
Foreword by Sara Evans

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 are 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.

“The most exciting work on the American women’s movement to appear in years.
Combining wisdom and hope, this paradigm-altering and agenda-setting volume
is exactly what we need to meet the challenges of the new millennium. Its
message is distinctive, invigorating, and vitally important for students of
history to understand how change occurred in the past, and for citizens
concerned with how to make changes in the present. A profoundly important
intervention in feminist scholarship.”–Nancy MacLean, author of Freedom Is Not Enough: The Opening of the American Workplace

“These fascinating and vivid essays complicate and expand our view of the
coalitions that were able to come together and fight for common goals.
Scholars and students in women’s history, women’s studies, and sociology
will surely find this an invaluable reference as it introduces new histories
of the women’s movement and second-wave feminism.”–Ruth Rosen, author of
The World Split Open: How the Modern Women’s Movement Changed America

Stephanie Gilmore is an assistant professor of women’s studies at Dickinson

Publication Date: June 2, 2008
Cloth (unjacketed):  978-0-252-03328-5
Paper:  978-0-252-07539-1
Pages: 320 pages


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