term "The personal is political"
wasn't actually popularized
until the late 60s and early
70s (by a group called the Redstockings
and by Robin Morgan in her book
Sisterhood is Powerful).
The term was created to underscore
what was happening in women's
personal lives--i.e. access
to health care, being responsible
for all of the housework, possibly
being sexually assaulted in
our own homes--was a political
issue. This was meant to 1.)
inspire women to be politically
active in the issues that affected
their lives and 2.) make sure
that politicians paid attention
to women's lives--and look at
how the laws ignored women.