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Radical sisters : second-wave feminism and black liberation in Washington, D.C.
Title:
Radical sisters : second-wave feminism and black liberation in Washington, D.C.
Author:
Valk, Anne M., 1964-
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
Urbana, Ill. : University of Illinois Press ; Chesham : Combined Academic [distributor], 2010.
Physical Description:
xiv, 253 pages : illustrations, map ; 23 cm.
Series:
Women in American history

Women in American history.
General Note:
Originally published: 2008.
Contents:
Introduction -- Mobilizing for political and economic rights -- Defining welfare rights -- Washington women's liberation movement -- Organizing for reproductive control -- Women and Black liberation -- Lesbian feminism and separatism -- Coalition building against sexual violence -- Conclusion.
Abstract:
"Radical Sisters is a fresh exploration of the ways that 1960s political movements shaped local, grassroots feminism in Washington, D.C. Rejecting notions of a universal sisterhood, Anne M. Valk argues that activists periodically worked to bridge differences for the sake of improving women's plight, even while maintaining distinct political bases. Washington, D.C. is a critical site for studying the dynamics of the feminist movement, not only for its strategic location vis-a-vis the federal government but because in 1970 over 70 percent of the city's population was African American. While most historiography on the subject tends to portray the feminist movement as deeply divided over issues of race, Valk presents a more nuanced account, showing feminists of various backgrounds both coming together to promote a notion of "sisterhood" and being deeply divided along the lines of class, race, and sexuality."--Jacket.
ISBN:
9780252077548