Gender Politics and the FSM

Bettina Aptheker

in The Free Speech Movement

Published by University of California Press

Published in print January 2002 | ISBN: 9780520222212
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520928619 | DOI:
Gender Politics and the FSM

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This chapter talks about the author's experience in learning about gender politics. It relates how she delivered her first speech on the top of the police car that had been dispatched to Sproul Plaza to take Jack Weinberg to jail. This was the beginning of what was to become the Free Speech Movement. It explains how she learned about women's history, gendered oppression, and sexual abuse from joining the FSM in 1964.

Keywords: student activist; FSM; gender politics; Sproul Plaza; Jack Weinberg; women's history; gendered oppression; sexual abuse; University of California; Berkeley

Chapter.  4934 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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