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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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The Influence of Simone de Beauvoir

The Influence of Simone de Beauvoir

(p.73) 4 The Influence of Simone de Beauvoir
Freedom for Women

Carol Giardina

University Press of Florida

Simone de Beauvoir has played a major role in raising Women's Liberation founders' understanding that male ascendancy has imposed limitations on women's achievement of human potential. Many leading Women's Liberation organizers have adopted feminist consciousness, ideology, and an example from Beauvoir. The chapter brings into light the influences of Simone de Beauvoir on different women activists and their thinking patterns. “The Second Sex”, written by Beauvoir, managed to manipulate many women's thinking and raised their consciousness towards a need for a women's liberation movement. The chapter provides an accounts of different activists and how they were affected by reading Beauvoir's views in her book.

Keywords:   Simone de Beauvoir, Women's Liberation founder, Women's Liberation organizers, feminist consciousness, The Second Sex, women's liberation movement

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