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Feminism and the Women's Movement

Feminist Articles for Consideration

What is Feminism?

This article examines feminism and some of the major waves of feminism throughout history.

The Significance of Feminism (Bell Hooks)

This article discusses why feminism has both been significant and necessary for the fight for gender equality.

The First Wave: Social Legal and economic rights for women

From Feminism: A Beginner's Guide, this chapter focuses upon first wave feminism which strove to attain social, legal, and economic rights for women.

The Second Wave: Expanding the Sphere of Influence

From Feminism: A Beginner's Guide, this chapter focuses upon second wave feminism which sought to expand the female sphere of influence.

The Third Wave: Language, Thought, and Cultural Production

From Feminism: A Beginner's Guide, this chapter focuses upon feminism's third wave which examines language, thought, and cultural production.

Feminism and psychology: Analysis of a half-century of research on women and gender

This article examines a half-century of psychological research on women and how these studies have informed and shaped our understanding of women and women's issues.

Third-Wave Feminism and the Defense of Choice

This article examines issues of choice, sexuality, and patriarchy through a feminist lens and provides an illustrative application of this framework for examining issues.

Awakening: The Modern Women's Rights Movement

Awakening: Makers: Women Who Make America


Is Feminism Dead?

Years after the womens movement burst open doors of opportunity that had long been barred, a new generation of women seems to be questioning the meaning and the value of the battles fought by their mothers and grandmothers. Has feminism somehow gone out of style? In this program, Patricia Ireland, of NOW; Phyllis Schlafly, of the Eagle Forum; Ellen Goodman, of The Boston Globe; Dr. bell hooks, of CUNYs English department; Dr. Tessie Liu, of Northwestern Universitys history and gender identity departments; and Dr. Martha Wharton, of The Ohio State Universitys departments of African-American studies and womens studies, appraise the womens movement as it currently exists and discuss its relevance in todays cultural climate. (29 minutes)

Not for Ourselves Alone: The Story of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony

Together, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony fought for the rights of women in Americaindeed, women everywhereand their determination and achievements still ripple through American society. This stirring documentary by Ken Burns and Paul Barnes recounts the challenges and triumphs of two pioneers who gave birth to the womens movement. Distributed by PBS Distribution. 2-part series, 9094 minutes each.

Sex in 69: Sexual Revolution in America

This A&E Special travels back to 1969 to explore Americas sexual revolutiona psychedelic time that gave birth to the concept of free love, saw the invention of the pill, and embraced a whole new perspective on human sexuality. From the Playboy Penthouse in Los Angeles, to San Franciscos hippie crash pads, to New Yorks gay baths, Sex in 69 plots out the seismic cultural shifts that changed buttoned-up American culture so dramatically, molding an entire generation in the process. Distributed by A&E Television Networks. (120 minutes)

Women First & Foremost

Hosted by Academy Award-winner Rita Moreno and Dee Wallace Stone, Women First & Foremost offers shining examples of how generations of women have achieved their deserved place at the forefront of history.

TEDTalks: Courtney Martin Reinventing Feminism

Blogger Courtney Martin examines the perennially loaded word "feminism" in this personal and heartfelt talk. She talks through the three essential paradoxes of her generation's quest to define the term for themselves.

Women's Rights

Despite the progress of the international womens movement in exposing and correcting human rights abuses against females, in many countries women are still fighting to attain the most basic of civil liberties. This program contextualizes that struggle by comparing womens rights in the U.S. with the status of women in China, Afghanistan, and Kenya. Hopeful signs such as rising levels of education for girls, female representation in government, and business opportunities for women are contrasted with the continuing practice of age-old antithetical abuses that have yet to be eliminatednonconsensual marriage and severe domestic violence, to name twoand the demoralizing effect of seeing hard-won rights overturned. Some content may be objectionable. A Films for the Humanities & Sciences Production. A part of the series Global Issues. (26 minutes)

Under One Sky: Arab Women in North America Talk about the Hijab

Is the hijabthe veil associated with Muslim womena symbol of oppression, an emblem of cultural identity, a combination of these two elements, or something else altogether? Set against a backdrop of Madison Avenue ads and Hollywood movies that alternately romanticize and demonize the Middle Eastern woman, this program presents the history of Arab womanhood, from the days of the early colonial missions to the post-Gulf War era. Informed and articulate Arab women living in North America passionately elucidate the ideologies behind the veil, as they tear away the labels imposed by both East and West. (44 minutes)

Books and eBooks


Understanding feminism
by Bowden, Peta; Mummery, Jane

9781844651955Peta Bowden; Jane MummeryUnderstanding Feminism"Understanding Feminism" provides an accessible guide to one of the most important and contested movements in progressive modern thought. Presenting feminism as a dynamic, multi-faceted and adaptive movement that has evolved in response to the changing practical and theoretical problems faced by women, the authors take a problem-oriented approach that maps the complex strands of feminist thinking in relation to women's struggles for equal recognition and rights, and freedom from oppressive constraints of sex, self-expression and autonomy. Each chapter focuses on a different cluster of concerns, demonstrating key moves in second-wave feminist thought, as well as some of the diversity in response-strategies that encompass both socio-economic and cultural-symbolic concerns. This approach not only shows how central feminist insights, theories and strategies emerge and re-emerge across different contexts, but makes clear that far from being 'over', feminism remains a vital response to the diverse issues that women (and men) find pressing and socially important. - Description from Syndetics
Glendale CC Library - GENERAL - HQ1121 .B69 2009
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Black Women in White America
by Lerner, Gerda

"Gerda Lerner has collected...material which can change images that whites have had of Blacks, and possibly even those which we, as Blacks, have of ourselves."--Maya Angelou
Glendale CC Library - GENERAL - E185.86 .L4
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