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Challenge and ChangeRight-Wing Women, Grassroots Activism, and the Baby Boom Generation$
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June Melby Benowitz

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780813061221

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813061221.001.0001

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Challenge and Change

June Melby Benowitz

University Press of Florida

This chapter looks back at the challenges that rightist women faced in the rapidly changing American society during the three decades that followed World War II. It discusses how changes that included the worldwide spread of communism, the expanding black civil rights movement, and rapid advances in science, technology and medicine, combined with concerns about the futures of their rapidly growing families and the baby boom generation, led increasing numbers of people to speak out and act from the grassroots. The chapter describes links between the rightist women of the post-World War II era and rightist women of the 1930s and 1940s, and discusses ways in which the right itself underwent change during the post-war years. It shows how rightist women of this study are linked with the right-wing Tea Party movement of the 21st century. Right-wing women were placing more emphasis on moral issues, and on the family. This chapter also reveals how right-wing women have taken full advantage of advances in media and technology to reach out to Americans who share their points of view. This has enabled their movement to grow considerably.

Keywords:   Challenges, Change, Right-wing women, Grassroots, Media, Growth, Tea Party movement

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