Rethinking the Waves of Feminism: Race and Gender in Postwar U.S. Feminism

Wednesday, February 4, 2009
Programs for Teachers
Newberry Teachers' Consortium

This seminar will introduce participants to recent interpretations of the modern U.S. women’s movement that have questioned the periodization of “Second Wave” feminism as starting in the mid-1960s and suggested that women of color and working-class women played an important role in shaping feminist activism in the postwar era. Paying particular attention to how diverse groups of women have agitated for change since the 1950s, participants will discuss a wide range of primary documents that they can use to impart an expansive historical understanding of modern feminism.

Seminar led by Jennifer Brier, University of Illinois at Chicago