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Feminist literature of the 1970s

The 1970s are often considered the most important decade for feminism in terms of political action. Yet the feminist literature of those times is often overlooked. Here is a description of that literature, arranged in order of the author’s birthdates. I hope it will be of use, or at least of amusement, to you.

Carol Hanisch (birthdate unknown) is an American activist best known for coming up with the idea to have a feminist protest of the 1968 Miss America pageant (which first brought feminist concerns to the attention of the mainstream media) and for writing The Personal Is Political, which was published in 1970 and coined the phrase. In this paper she argues that women and other oppressed people should stop blaming themselves for their problems and realize that those problems are often caused by oppression and have political solutions. You can read The Personal Is Political in its entirety http://www.carolhanisch.org/CHwritings/PIP.html”>here.

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