By Dorothy Sue Cobble
The American women’s circulation has been shrouded in myths, argue 3 prime students during this daring and revisionist history.
Eschewing the traditional knowledge that locations the origins of the yank women’s stream within the nostalgic glow of the overdue Sixties, Feminism Unfinished lines the beginnings of this seminal American social circulate to the Nineteen Twenties, within the method developing an improved, ancient narrative that dramatically rewrites a century of yankee women’s background. additionally not easy the modern “lean-in,” trickle-down feminist philosophy and saying that women’s histories all too frequently depoliticize politics, hard work matters, and divergent financial situations, Dorothy Sue Cobble, Linda Gordon, and Astrid Henry exhibit that the post-Suffrage women’s move interested by exploitation of ladies within the office in addition to on inherent sexual rights. The authors rigorously revise our “wave” imaginative and prescient of feminism, which formerly recommended that there have been transparent breaks and sharp divisions inside those media-driven “waves.” displaying how historical past books have obscured the extraordinary activism through working-class and minority ladies long ago, Feminism Unfinished offers a much-needed corrective. 20 illustrations
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Some recognized the right of women, like men, to jobs and job security. The Amalgamated Clothing Workers, for example, opposed the widespread efforts in the 1930s to fire married women as a solution to the economic crisis. Others sought (in vain) to preserve an older gender order in which women’s first and only priority was caring for their families. Yet despite its sexism and ambivalence about women’s rights, the labor movement’s commitment to economic and social equality, as well as its consciousness of worker rights, inspired women to organize and, in the end, to seek their own rights as women.
5 The Legacies of the 1920s Before looking at the workplace and policy changes labor-oriented social justice feminists sought and won from the 1930s to the 1960s, it is important to understand the world of the 1920s in which many grew up and the bitter debates that divided women reformers in this decade. The tensions that erupted among feminists after 1920 would persist for the next fifty years, separating the women’s movement into two hostile camps. With the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment in 1920 and suffrage affirmed, at least for the majority of women, National Woman’s Party (NWP) founder Alice Paul and other leaders from the militant suffrage wing began to mobilize with a new goal in mind.
Like the majority of other NWP members, she came from a relatively privileged background. Raised in a wealthy Quaker family with a father who was a successful businessman and president of the Burlington County Trust Company in New Jersey, Paul had earned a PhD from the University of Pennsylvania and three law degrees by the end of the 1920s. Like many of the women grouped around her, she believed deeply in removing barriers to women’s individual achievement and allowing women the same freedoms as men.