Daughters of 1968: Redefining French Feminism and the Women's Liberation Movement

September 1, 2019|
Daughters of 1968: Redefining French Feminism and the Women's Liberation Movement by Lisa Greenwald
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Daughters of 1968 is the story of French feminism between 1944 and 1981, when feminism played a central political role in the history of France. The key women during this epoch were often leftists committed to a materialist critique of society and were part of a postwar tradition that produced widespread social change, revamping the workplace and laws governing everything from abortion to marriage.

The May 1968 events-with their embrace of radical individualism and antiauthoritarianism-triggered a break from the past, and the women''s movement split into two strands. One became universalist and intensely activist, the other particularist and less activist, distancing itself from contemporary feminism. This theoretical debate manifested itself in battles between women and organizations on the streets and in the courts.  

The history of French feminism is the history of women''s claims to individualism and citizenship that had been granted their male counterparts, at least in principle, in 1789. Yet French women have more often donned the mantle of particularism, advancing their contributions as mothers to prove their worth as citizens, than they have thrown it off, claiming absolute equality. The few exceptions, such as Simone de Beauvoir or the 1970s activists, illustrate the diversity and tensions within French feminism, as France moved from a corporatist and tradition-minded country to one marked by individualism and modernity.

 
Lisa Greenwald, PhD, spent almost a decade working in and researching the women''s movement in France, supported by an Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship and grants from the French government. She has worked as a consultant and in-house historian for a variety of nonprofits and foundations in France, Chicago, and New York. She teaches history...
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Title:Daughters of 1968: Redefining French Feminism and the Women's Liberation Movement
Format:Paperback
Product dimensions:426 pages, 9 X 6 X 0.68 in
Shipping dimensions:426 pages, 9 X 6 X 0.68 in
Published:September 1, 2019
Publisher:UNP - Nebraska
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9781496217714

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