Challenge and Change : Right-Wing Women, Grassroots Activism, and the Baby Boom Generation.

By: Benowitz, June MelbyMaterial type: TextTextSeries: JSTOR eBooksPublisher: Gainesville : University Press of Florida, 2015Description: 1 online resource (385 pages)Content type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9780813055572; 0813055571Subject(s): Women -- Political activity -- United States -- History -- 20th century | Conservatism -- United States -- History -- 20th century | Women's rights -- United States -- History -- 20th century | Baby boom generation -- United States | Women political activists -- Training of -- United States | Right and left (Political science) | POLITICAL SCIENCE -- Essays | POLITICAL SCIENCE -- Government -- General | POLITICAL SCIENCE -- Government -- National | POLITICAL SCIENCE -- Reference | Baby boom generation | Conservatism | Right and left (Political science) | Women -- Political activity | Women's rights | United States | HISTORY / Women | 1900-1999Genre/Form: History. | Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Challenge and Change : Right-Wing Women, Grassroots Activism, and the Baby Boom Generation.DDC classification: 320.0820973/0904 LOC classification: HQ1236.5.U6 | B47 2015Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
Our schools, our children -- Shaping American education -- Public health -- Right-wing women and desegregation of the public schools -- Protesting the protests -- Sex, God, and the American flag: tradition and change in moral values -- The Vietnam War and student rebellion -- "Women's liberation" and the Equal Rights Amendment.
Summary: Focusing on 1950-1980, June Benowitz explores the development of the right-wing women's movements in the United States by analyzing differences and continuities between the generations of conservative activists. Benowitz particularly seeks to understand the ways in which grassroots members of the Old Right responded to the political, cultural, and social ideologies of Baby Boomer youth by constructing a thematic framework covering major issues taken up be woman such as education, health, morals, war, and patriotism.
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Our schools, our children -- Shaping American education -- Public health -- Right-wing women and desegregation of the public schools -- Protesting the protests -- Sex, God, and the American flag: tradition and change in moral values -- The Vietnam War and student rebellion -- "Women's liberation" and the Equal Rights Amendment.

Focusing on 1950-1980, June Benowitz explores the development of the right-wing women's movements in the United States by analyzing differences and continuities between the generations of conservative activists. Benowitz particularly seeks to understand the ways in which grassroots members of the Old Right responded to the political, cultural, and social ideologies of Baby Boomer youth by constructing a thematic framework covering major issues taken up be woman such as education, health, morals, war, and patriotism.

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The dull title of this engaging book does not do it justice. Benowitz (Univ. of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee) writes a clear account of national right-wing women activists between 1950 and the mid-1970s. In their roles as mothers, rightists perceived a responsibility to defeat any threats to their children. These women, often racist and anti-Semitic, saw communists at the heart of demands for school integration, mental health reform, sex education, and polio vaccination. Rightist women also viewed the government and progressive educators, as well as scientific and intellectual elites, as part of a broad conspiracy to undermine their vision of a utopian United States. Benowitz argues that these women set the stage for the rise of the New Right and the Tea Party. The scope of the book is impressive. The author covers every major rightist issue, including the Vietnam War and the Equal Rights Amendment, and shows command of the secondary literature. The historical context to such controversies as the fluoridation of public water will be very useful to readers. Summing Up: Highly recommended. General collections, and upper-division undergraduates and above. --Caryn E. Neumann, Miami University

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