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Hi, I was just wondering how you feel that activism is changing in the modern world, not only in regards to women's issues, but also human rights and the environment. Do you see it changing? I'd appreciate your reply - Alicia

I think that the biggest change in activism--today compared to 20, 30, 40 years ago is that in previous generations activism got documented as grand--thousands of people, marches, protests, etc... and also that it is brings change immediately. This is actually counter to the reality of activism, which is that smaller steps lead to bigger steps and change takes a lot of time--it rarely happens with one person or overnight. So today activism appears less active, but it's just that people are planting the seeds, the way they did in the 40s and 50s for what came in the 60s and the 70s.

I think also, that activism is very issue specific--instead of the environment, it's the forests or the oceans or pollution. It's more specific. And today it involves activism from within the system as well as from outside the system. In previous generations people were ambivalent about the system and then put pressure on the system from outside. Today it needs pressure from outside and inside. I hope that helps. Good luck.


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