Tidal Wave: How Women Changed America at Century's End
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Tidal Wave: How Women Changed America at Century's End

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Forty years ago few women worked, married women could not borrow money in their own names, schools imposed strict quotas on female applicants, and sexual harassment did not exist as a legal concept. Yet despite the enormous changes for women in America since 1960, and despite a blizzard of books that continue to argue about women's "proper place," there has not been a seri...more
ebook, 320 pages
Published May 11th 2010 by Free Press (first published February 4th 2003)
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sparked my interest and a great jumping off point to learn more. althought attempting to deal with diversity and racial strife within the movement on almost every page, there is an aspect of protectionism -- that every charge and criticism of the movement as racist -- didn't understand the well-intentioned white women who just didn't know better. it seems self-serving and unlikely to me.

clearly, racism and its counterpart of inclusion were complicated, and were depicted as such, but there is su...more
Although written more for readers with some background in 20th-century U.S. women's history, a fascinating and in-depth look at second-wave feminism and the emergence of the third wave.
Apr 02, 2008 Tinea rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Tinea by: "Race, Gender, & American Social Movements" class
Shelves: gender-sexuality
This is a history of second wave feminism from a decidedly second wave perspective.

As such, it was plagued by mainstream white second wave feminists' continued inability to be self-critical even while acknowledging the very significant cultural and political changes that they pushed through. The women's liberation movement made amazing progress: reproductive justice, women-owned business, athletics, education, electoral politics, the establishment of an anti-violence movement and rape crisis ho...more
It was a bit of work to get throug this book, simply because it was full of history, details, names and examples. At points, I felt like I could have just been reading a bullet point list of major events on a particular issue, but it was worth the read. and It makes a great starting point for an overview of feminism from the 60s and beyond in the US, as well as constantly touching on the complexlity of the movement and the ongoing struggles.
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Sara M. Evans is a distinguished scholar and Professor Emeritus of History at the University of Minnesota where she taught women's history since 1976. She lives in St. Paul, Minnesota.
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