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Feminism as life's work : four modern American women through two world wars

Author: Mary K Trigg
Publisher: New Brunswick, New Jersey : Rutgers University Press, [2014] ©2014
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Tracing the intertwined lives and work of four women who carried forward the cause of feminism after the suffrage victory in 1920, this book recasts the "doldrums" of the women's movement as a time of experimentation in new realms-the National Women's Party; sexuality, marriage, and relations with men; and work and financial independence-and documents struggles that prefigure those of a later generation.
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Biography
History
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Trigg, Mary K., 1955-
Feminism as life's work
(DLC) 2013033863
(OCoLC)857141312
Material Type: Biography, Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Mary K Trigg
ISBN: 9780813565385 0813565383
OCLC Number: 879576365
Description: 1 online resource (xii, 266 pages, 10 unnumbered pages of plates) : illustrations
Contents: Planting the seeds --
Setting the stage --
Detention by the male --
Old ideas versus new: maternalism and equal rights --
This vast laboratory --
To work together for ends larger than self --
Feminism as life's work.
Responsibility: Mary K. Trigg.

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Tracing the intertwined lives and work of four women who carried forward the cause of feminism after the suffrage victory in 1920, this book recasts the "doldrums" of the women's movement as a time of experimentation in new realms-the National Women's Party; sexuality, marriage, and relations with men; and work and financial independence-and documents struggles that prefigure those of a later generation.

"With suffrage secured in 1920, feminists faced the challenge of how to keep their momentum going. As the center of the movement shrank, a small, self-appointed vanguard of 'modern' women carried the cause forward in life and work. Feminism as Life's Work profiles four of these women: the author Inez Haynes Irwin, the historian Mary Ritter Beard, the activist Doris Stevens, and Lorine Pruette, a psychologist. Their life-stories, told here in full for the first time, embody the changes of the first four decades of the twentieth century--and complicate what we know of the period. Through these women's intertwined stories, Mary Trigg traces the changing nature of the women's movement across turbulent decades rent by world war, revolution, global depression, and the rise of fascism. Criticizing the standard division of feminist activism as a series of historical waves, Trigg exposes how Irwin, Beard, Stevens, and Pruette helped push the U.S. feminist movement to victory and continued to propel it forward from the 1920s to the 1960s, decades not included in the 'wave' model. At a time widely viewed as the 'doldrums' of feminism, the women in this book were in fact taking the cause to new sites: the National Women's Party; sexuality and relations with men; marriage; and work and financial independence. In their utopian efforts to reshape work, sexual relations, and marriage, modern feminists ran headlong into the harsh realities of male power, the sexual double standard, the demands of motherhood, and gendered social structures."--Publisher's Web site.

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