“Something had to be there already”

Carol Giardina

in Freedom for Women

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print April 2010 | ISBN: 9780813034560
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813039329 | DOI:
“Something had to be there already”

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The feminism of women activists working with women's liberation movements has been framed by powerful forces. All these feminist activists shared common life experiences. This chapter aims to give insight on these common features prevalent in the lives of women activists. The common feature was the presence of an Old Left family background for these feminists. The chapter provides an account of the presence of radical feminism in the lives of major activists. The activists talked about in the chapter include Judith Brown, Pam Allen, Pauli Murray, Eleanor Holmes Norton, Ella Baker, and Patricia Robinson. These women activists had an idea about the woman question much before they became Women's Liberation pioneers. This can be attributed to their radical feminist families.

Keywords: feminism; women's liberation movements; feminist activists; Old Left family backgrounds; radical feminism; Women's Liberation pioneers

Chapter.  6565 words. 

Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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