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Freedom for WomenForging the Women's Liberation Movement, 1953-1970$
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Carol Giardina

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780813034560

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813034560.001.0001

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“Something had to be there already”

“Something had to be there already”

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Freedom for Women

Carol Giardina

University Press of Florida

The feminism of women activists working with women's liberation movements has been framed by powerful forces. All these feminist activists shared common life experiences. This chapter aims to give insight on these common features prevalent in the lives of women activists. The common feature was the presence of an Old Left family background for these feminists. The chapter provides an account of the presence of radical feminism in the lives of major activists. The activists talked about in the chapter include Judith Brown, Pam Allen, Pauli Murray, Eleanor Holmes Norton, Ella Baker, and Patricia Robinson. These women activists had an idea about the woman question much before they became Women's Liberation pioneers. This can be attributed to their radical feminist families.

Keywords:   feminism, women's liberation movements, feminist activists, Old Left family backgrounds, radical feminism, Women's Liberation pioneers

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