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Breaking the Wave.

By: Laughlin, Kathleen A.
Contributor(s): Castledine, Jacqueline.
Material type: TextTextSeries: eBooks on Demand.New Directions in American History: Publisher: Hoboken : Taylor and Francis, 2012Description: 1 online resource (281 p.).ISBN: 9780203842935.Subject(s): Feminism - United States - History - 20th century | Feminism -- United States -- History -- 20th century | Second-wave feminism - United States | Second-wave feminism -- United States | Women - Political activity - United States - History - 20th century | Women -- Political activity -- United States -- History -- 20th centuryGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Breaking the Wave: Women, Their Organizations, and Feminism, 1945–1985DDC classification: 305.420973 | 305.42097309045 Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
Cover; Breaking the Wave: Women, Their Organizations, and Feminism, 1945-1985; Copyright; Contents; Acknowledgments; Foreword; Introduction: The Long History of Feminism; PART I Mainstream, Leftist, and Sexual Politics; CHAPTER 1 Civic Feminists: The Politics of the Minnesota Federation of Business and Professional Women's Clubs, 1942-1965; CHAPTER 2 The Legal Origins of "The Personal Is Political": Bella Abzug and Sexual Politics in Cold War America; CHAPTER 3 "I'm Glad as Heck That You Exist": Feminist Lesbian Organizing in the 1950s; PART II Women's Global Visions
CHAPTER 4 Exporting Civic Womanhood: Gender and Nation BuildingCHAPTER 5 The National Council of Negro Women, Human Rights, and the Cold War; CHAPTER 6 From Ladies'' Aid to NGO: Transformations in Methodist Women's Organizing in Postwar America; PART III The Politics of Location; CHAPTER 7 The Consumers' Protective Committee: Women's Activism in Postwar Harlem; CHAPTER 8 "Pregnant? Need Help? Call Jane": Service as Radical Action in the Abortion Underground in Chicago; CHAPTER 9 Feminizing Portland, Oregon: A History of the League of Women Voters in the Postwar Era, 1950-1975
CHAPTER 10 Barrio Women: Community and Coalition in the HeartlandPART IV Feminist Consciousness and Movement Persistence; CHAPTER 11 "Stop That Rambo Shit. . . This Is Feminist Softball": Reconsidering Women's Organizing in the Reagan Era and Beyond; CHAPTER 12 "It Would Be Stupendous for Us Girls": Campaigning for Women Judges Without Waving; CHAPTER 13 Building Lesbian Studies in the 1970s and 1980s; Conclusion: Looking Backward, Looking Forward; Selected Bibliography; Contributors; Index
Summary: Breaking the Wave is the first anthology of original essays by both younger and established scholars that takes a long view of feminist activism by systematically examining the dynamics of movement persistence during moments of reaction and backlash. Ranging from the "civic feminism" of white middle-class organizers and the "womanism" of Harlem consumers in the immediate postwar period, to the utopian feminism of Massachusetts lesbian softball league founders and environmentally minded feminists in the 1970s and 1980s, Breaking the Wave documents a continuity of activism in both national and local organizing that creates a new discussion, and a new paradigm, for twentieth century women's history.Contributors: Jacqueline L. Castledine, Susan K. Freeman, Julie A. Gallagher, Marcia Gallo, Sally J. Kenney, Rebecca M. Kluchin, Kathleen A. Laughlin, Lanethea Mathews, Catherine E. Rymph, Julia Sandy-Bailey, Jennifer A. Stevens, Janet Weaver, and Leandra Zarnow.
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Cover; Breaking the Wave: Women, Their Organizations, and Feminism, 1945-1985; Copyright; Contents; Acknowledgments; Foreword; Introduction: The Long History of Feminism; PART I Mainstream, Leftist, and Sexual Politics; CHAPTER 1 Civic Feminists: The Politics of the Minnesota Federation of Business and Professional Women's Clubs, 1942-1965; CHAPTER 2 The Legal Origins of "The Personal Is Political": Bella Abzug and Sexual Politics in Cold War America; CHAPTER 3 "I'm Glad as Heck That You Exist": Feminist Lesbian Organizing in the 1950s; PART II Women's Global Visions

CHAPTER 4 Exporting Civic Womanhood: Gender and Nation BuildingCHAPTER 5 The National Council of Negro Women, Human Rights, and the Cold War; CHAPTER 6 From Ladies'' Aid to NGO: Transformations in Methodist Women's Organizing in Postwar America; PART III The Politics of Location; CHAPTER 7 The Consumers' Protective Committee: Women's Activism in Postwar Harlem; CHAPTER 8 "Pregnant? Need Help? Call Jane": Service as Radical Action in the Abortion Underground in Chicago; CHAPTER 9 Feminizing Portland, Oregon: A History of the League of Women Voters in the Postwar Era, 1950-1975

CHAPTER 10 Barrio Women: Community and Coalition in the HeartlandPART IV Feminist Consciousness and Movement Persistence; CHAPTER 11 "Stop That Rambo Shit. . . This Is Feminist Softball": Reconsidering Women's Organizing in the Reagan Era and Beyond; CHAPTER 12 "It Would Be Stupendous for Us Girls": Campaigning for Women Judges Without Waving; CHAPTER 13 Building Lesbian Studies in the 1970s and 1980s; Conclusion: Looking Backward, Looking Forward; Selected Bibliography; Contributors; Index

Breaking the Wave is the first anthology of original essays by both younger and established scholars that takes a long view of feminist activism by systematically examining the dynamics of movement persistence during moments of reaction and backlash. Ranging from the "civic feminism" of white middle-class organizers and the "womanism" of Harlem consumers in the immediate postwar period, to the utopian feminism of Massachusetts lesbian softball league founders and environmentally minded feminists in the 1970s and 1980s, Breaking the Wave documents a continuity of activism in both national and local organizing that creates a new discussion, and a new paradigm, for twentieth century women's history.Contributors: Jacqueline L. Castledine, Susan K. Freeman, Julie A. Gallagher, Marcia Gallo, Sally J. Kenney, Rebecca M. Kluchin, Kathleen A. Laughlin, Lanethea Mathews, Catherine E. Rymph, Julia Sandy-Bailey, Jennifer A. Stevens, Janet Weaver, and Leandra Zarnow.

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In an interesting collection of essays, the authors collectively seek to challenge the notion of the wave metaphor that for some time has defined the history of women in the US: the first wave being the long fight for women's suffrage that lasted from the early 19th century until 1920; the second wave signaling the rise of the modern women's movement in the 1960s-70s; and the third wave made up of young women in the 1990s who saw their feminism as distinct from that of their mothers. What the assorted articles seek to dispel is the notion that between these waves, there was not the break from feminist activism that so many scholars have claimed, especially in the 1940s, 1950s, and 1980s. For example, Leandra Zarnow focuses on Bella Abzug as a civil rights attorney in the late 1940s, while Julie Gallagher looks at the National Council of Negro Women during the height of the Cold War, and coeditor Castledine and Julia Sandy-Bailey examine a lesbian feminist softball league in western Massachusetts. Thus, up-and-coming scholars open up new areas of study, challenging the wave metaphor in the process. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above. K. B. Nutter SUNY Stony Brook

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<p>Kathleen A. Laughlinis Professor of History at Metropolitan State University in Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN. She is the author of Women's Work and Public Policy: A History of the Women's Bureau, US Department of Labor, 1945-1970.</p> <p>Jacqueline L. Castledineis a core faculty member of the University Without Walls program, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where she teaches interdisciplinary studies.</p>

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