3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
“Recovering the 1950s: Women’s Political Hopes in the Lost Decade”
Christine Stansell, University of Chicago
The paper is an excerpt from the book I am finishing, a history of feminism, 1792-2002. Looking at a variety of women’s activities in the US and sketching a range of opinion about women, I describe the period as one when more post-war hopes for a part in politics survived that is commonly thought. The section ends with a discussion of De Beauvoir’s The Second Sex and the surprisingly hospitable reception it received in the early 1950s.