Feminism, Sexuality, and Politics: Essays by Estelle B. by Estelle B. Freedman

By Estelle B. Freedman

Certainly one of a small workforce of feminist pioneers within the ancient occupation, Estelle B. Freedman teaches and writes approximately women's background with a fondness trained through her feminist values. over the last thirty years, she has produced a physique of labor during which scholarship and politics have by no means been jointly particular. This assortment brings jointly 11 essays--eight formerly released and 3 new--that rfile the evolving courting among educational feminism and political feminism as Freedman has studied and lived it.

Following an creation that offers a map of the non-public and highbrow trajectory of Freedman's paintings, the 1st component of essays, at the origins and methods of women's activism in U.S. heritage, reiterates the significance of valuing girls in a society that has lengthy devalued their contributions. the second one part, at the upkeep of sexual barriers, explores the malleability of either sexual identities and sexual politics. Underlying the gathering is an inquiry into the altering meanings of gender, sexuality, and politics throughout the 19th and 20th centuries in addition to a priority for utilizing the insights of women's historical past widely, from the school room to the courthouse.

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But it is equally important for the women within mixed institutions to create female interest groups and support systems. Otherwise, token women may be either co-opted into traditionally deferential roles or assimilated through identification with the powers that be. In the process, these women will lose touch with their feminist values and constituencies, as well as suffer the personal costs of tokenism. Thus, in universities we need to strengthen our women’s centers and women’s studies programs and to form women’s groups among faculty as well as students.

Reproductive Health Services (1989), which upheld state restrictions on access to abortion; in Lawrence v. Texas (2003), in which the Supreme Court overturned antisodomy laws; and in contemporary cases addressing the right to same-sex marriage. Bringing my exploration of history and politics full circle, this essay argues that historians cannot selectively emphasize positive and linear paths to current policies; we can look for precedents, but above all we must explain the process of change, including the contradictory lessons of the past.

Mary P. ”16 Thus did Jane Addams learn the techniques of the political world through her efforts to keep the neighborhood clean. S. Children’s Bureau; and one-time settlement resident Katharine Bement Davis moved from the superintendency of the Bedford Hills Reformatory for Women in 1914 to become the first female commissioner of corrections in New York City. 17 They drew upon the networks of personal friends and professional allies that grew within separate female institutions when they waged their campaigns for social reform and suffrage.

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