The fading of former suffragist activism during the interwar period did not spell the end of the fight for women’s rights in the US, especially as so many women remained unable to exercise their citizenship.
In this episode, we turn to the next era of women’s activism, the women’s movement of the 1960s and 1970s. In the wake of World War II, the revived women’s rights movement followed a similar path to their suffragist predecessors. Born from the civil rights movement, these new activists boasted a more expansive vision of women’s rights, including advocating for workplace justice and pushing for reproductive freedom.
In this episode of “Prologued,” we discuss the era that saw the emergence of activists like Betty Friedan, Frances Beal, Gloria Steinem and Shirley Chisholm, but also the deep divisions among women’s rights activists based on strategy, ideology, and the limitations of white feminism.
- Lilia Fernandez, Rutgers University
- Susan Hartmann, The Ohio State University
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