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Freedom for Women

Carol Giardina

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print April 2010 | ISBN: 9780813034560
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813039329 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813034560.001.0001
Freedom for Women

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In this first-hand history of the contemporary Women's Liberation Movement (WLM), the book argues against the prevalent belief that the movement grew out of frustrations over the male chauvinism experienced by WLM founders active in the Black Freedom Movement and the New Left. Instead, it contends, it was the ideas, resources, and skills that women gained in these movements that were the new and necessary catalysts for forging the WLM in the 1960s. The book uses a focused study of the WLM in Florida to tap into the common theory and history shared by a relatively small band of Women's Liberation founders across the country. Drawing on a wealth of interviews, autobiographical essays, organizational records, and published writings, the book brings to light information that has been previously ignored in other secondary accounts about the leadership of African American women in the movement. It also explores activists' roots in other movements on the left. It is a vivid portrait of the people and events that shaped radical feminism.

Keywords: WLM founders; Women's Liberation Movement; Black Freedom Movement; New Left; 1960s; Florida; African American women; activists; radical feminism

Book.  336 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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