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The Grounding of Modern Feminism
In this landmark addition to scholarship, Nancy F. Cott, author of the 'The Bonds of Womanhood, ' offers a new interpretation of feminism in the United States during the early decades of this century--a period traditionally viewed as one in which women won the right to vote and then lost interest in feminist issues.
Paperback, 378 pages
Published September 10th 1989 by Yale University Press
(first published 1987)
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A well written and well documented look at the changing nature of the early 20th century women's movement. An interesting discussion on the evolution of progressive groups, beginning with a more unified front and ultimately fracturing apart, in part due to some of the success they met. A far more complicated topic than most text-books imply, but when isn't that true?
Given the title, The Grounding of Modern Feminism chronicles the introduction of feminism in the United States. Nancy Cott’s work is centered on the “study of feminist intentions and the ways they do or do not materialize.” Framing this history is the paradox of feminism in that it “asks for sexual equality that includes sexual difference.” This problematic “ism” posits that women should fight for sex equality on the basis of sex difference, whilst equality asks for the disintegration of sex in...more
This book cronicles feminism from its origins (the word came into use around 1910) through the 1920s. It is pretty narrow in its scope, so if yer lookin for a complete history of feminism, search elsewhere. However, to understand from where the feminist movement of the 1960s (i.e. modern feminism) sprang, which I see as being important to analyze in fair detail (283 pages of it): plow ahead!Cott brilliantly details the paradox of feminism: its simultaneous goals of conceptualizing women as a cla...more