In the early 1960s, a wife, mother, and activist asked, "Is this all?" and the second wave of feminism was born. The Feminine Mystique marshaled support for women's causes, particularly among white, suburban homemakers who were educated but intellectually frustrated. Through the National Organization for Women, Betty Friedan and her colleagues aimed their message to both the frustrated homemaker and the employed middle-class woman. Thousands of grassroots and national organizations emerged as a sizable powerhouse for women's rights. Organizational membership grew, laws were passed, public policy acquiesced, and women entered academia, the workplace, and politics in dramatic fashion over only a few decades. Where is the Women's Movement today, a half century later? The answer is deeply rooted in the health and vitality of the organizations that comprise the national movement. Many women are now successful, but feminist organizations find themselves in solitude, nearly fifty years following The Feminine Mystique. In Success and Solitude, the women's movement as a national social movement is critiqued and analyzed at an organizational level.
Publisher: University Press of America
Number of pages: 160
Weight: 372 g
Dimensions: 248 x 163 x 17 mm
In a meticulously researched book, Maxwell discusses the changing identity of the feminist movement. Success and Solitude was made more enjoyable by Maxwell's careful efforts to make her research more than just facts and figures to the reader. The real gems in Maxwell's writing come in the latter part of the book, when she begins to piece together her arguments in an articulate and authoritative manner. * Feminist Review, (Www.Feministreview.Blogspot.Com) *