for your note to FEMINIST.COM--and
for turning to us to help with
your project. Feminism of the
1960s really grew out of two
main groups--one was women who
had been working in the Civil
Rights movement and who were
either leaving the movement
because they were realizing
the injustice in being the workers
not the leaders, or they were
white women who were leaving
because the Civil Rights movement
was being taken over by the
black power movement. Other
women came to feminism inspired
in part by Betty Friedan's 1963
book, The Feminine Mystique.
Most of these women were sick
of being housewives living in
the suburbs. They wanted more
and wanted to change their situation.
Other women came to feminism
via other social justice movements,
like the peace movement, the
student movement--and other
liberal, but still male movements.
The movement of the 1960s was
about consciousness changing
and also about obtaining a legal
standing for women. It was also,
in the words of Gloria Steinem,
about naming things that had
otherwise been called just life.
For instance, domestic violence,
rape, job discrimination, etc...
Gloria Steinem actually didn't
come to feminism until a speak-out
on abortion rights in 1969.
So she came late to the movement
of the 1960s.
I hope that helps. Good luck
with your report.