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feminism



  • The Red Scare and Women in Government

    McCarthyite attacks on the political left also pushed women out of policymaking positions in the federal government, the historian Landon Storrs argues. 



  • The Forgotten Feminists of the Backlash Decade

    Lisa Levenstein's book assesses a shift in the women's movement in the 1990s into digital spaces and professionalized issue organizations. A reviewer considers what that shift enabled women to achieve and what it cost. 



  • The Improbable Journey of the Suffragist Sash

    by Hilary Levey Friedman

    The sash embodies the suffragists’ vision of womanhood — one that was simultaneously progressive and regressive.  That vision helped move women into the public and political spheres, but it did so by emphasizing their appearance. 



  • In the 1990s, Feminism Found a New Ally: Computers (excerpt)

    by Lisa Levenstein

    Few observers recognized that Edie Farwell’s group was part of a wide-ranging network of female technology specialists who were using the 1995 Beijing NGO conference to build the infrastructure for what would become online feminism.



  • Overlooked No More: Valerie Solanas, Radical Feminist Who Shot Andy Warhol

    Solanas was a radical feminist (though she would say she loathed most feminists), a pioneering queer theorist (at least according to some) and the author of “SCUM Manifesto,” in which she argued for the wholesale extermination of men.



  • The Real Story Behind “Because of Sex”

    by Rebecca Onion

    One of the most powerful phrases in the Civil Rights Act is often viewed as a malicious joke that backfired. But its entrance into American law was far more savvy than that, led by Representative Martha Griffiths.



  • There’s Nothing Good About Phyllis Schlafly

    by Eileen Jones

    "Mrs. America", the new miniseries about Phyllis Schlafly, doesn’t want us to come away with a harsh view of its subject. But we should: Schlafly’s right-wing views were consistently monstrous, doing untold damage to the country.



  • 'Mrs. America' Makes the Case for Messy History

    In allowing various perspectives to shine through, "Mrs. America" takes a piece of the past that, through the work of time, has been smoothed of its rough edges and grants it complexity.