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Moving the Mountain : The Women's Movement in America Since 1960

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"Moving the Mountain" tells the story of the struggles and triumphs of thousands of activists who achieved 'half a revolution' between 1960 and 1990. In this award-winning book, the most complete history of the women's movement to date, Flora Davis presents a grass-roots view of the small steps and giant leaps that have changed laws and institutions as well as the prejudices and unspoken rules governing a woman's place in American society. Looking at every major feminist issue from the point of view of the participants in the struggle, "Moving the Mountain" conveys the excitement, the frustration, and the creative chaos of feminism's Second Wave. This title includes a new afterword that assesses the movement's progress in the 1990s and prospects for the new century.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 632 pages
  • 152.4 x 223.52 x 38.1mm | 861.82g
  • University of Illinois Press
  • Baltimore, United States
  • English
  • Revised ed.
  • 0252067827
  • 9780252067822

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"Moving the Mountain tells the story of the struggles and triumphs of thousands of activists who achieved "half a revolution" between 1960 and 1990. In this book, Flora Davis presents a grass-roots view of the small steps and giant leaps that have changed laws and institutions as well as the assumptions, prejudices, and unspoken rules governing a woman's place in American society. Looking at every major feminist issue from the point of view of the participants in the struggle, Moving the Mountain conveys the excitement, the frustration, and the creative chaos of feminism's second wave."--BOOK JACKET.show more

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"Deliberately short on feminist theory and free of rhetoric, this balanced, gripping, inspirational chronicle of the contemporary women's movement in the U.S. should be a standard resource for years to come."-Publishers Weekly "This is an unbiased, finely detailed account of the second wave of the women's movement in America. Rarely is history so emotionally compelling as in Davis's depiction of the struggles and anger of these activist women."-Library Journal "Davis's level-headed analysis of how and why some feminist efforts succeed and some fail should provide an invaluable source of information and inspiration for many."- -Kirkus Reviews "Highly readable, highly accurate, highly recommended."-Muriel Fox, founder and past chairwoman of the National Organization for Woman "Lively and involved; it should appeal to those readers who are curious about the sources of contemporary feminism and the extent to which it has transformed America." - M. Christine Anderson, Michigan Historical Review "A very readable and illuminating narrative showing how ordinary people confronted with injustice sought to right wrongs and change the prevailing culture which relegated women to subordinate roles... A wonderfully accessible and enjoyable book which should be read by all who are interested in the way personal struggles can create wider social movements that address social ills. Rich in detail and narrative." -- Journal of Sociology and Social Welfareshow more

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