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The Rising of the Women: Feminist Solidarity and Class Conflict, 1880-1917

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Focusing on the socialist housewives, settlement workers, and feminists who were main allies of working women between the 1880s and World War I, this book explores the successes and failures of the united fronts within which middle- and working-class American women worked together to improve social and economic conditions for female laborers.
Paperback, 352 pages
Published August 31st 2001 by University of Illinois Press (first published January 1st 1980)
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Nick
Nov 03, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history, 1980s, 1880s, 1890s, 1910s
I learned a lot, but it was presented in a relatively boring manner. Great if you want to know about how the AFL and conservative unions treated women, compared to the IWW, compared to the Socialist party, compared to the womens unions (not all of these categories are mutually exclusive btw). Themes are what caused unity vs fragmentation and the relationship between feminism and socialism. The writer is an avowed marxist, so theres that. The last 2 chapters focus on two specific (and very contra ...more
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I wanted to like Tax's book, and I think she tried to do good work on this topic and cover aspects of women's involvement in labor struggles that have sometimes been overlooked. She also took a practical approach, looking to see how the strategies employed by women at this time might be applicable to current feminist movement.
However, it seems that much of the research was not thorough and well done, and as far as I can tell, a few passages are plagiarized wholesale from previous classics on wom
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Meredith Tax has been a writer and political activist since the late 1960s. She was a member of Bread and Roses, an early socialist-feminist group in Boston, and her 1970 essay, “Woman and Her Mind: The Story of Everyday Life,” is considered a founding document of the US women’s liberation movement. She was active in the antiwar movement and the left in the Seventies, when she worked in several fa ...more