Revolutionizing Expectations: Women's Organizations, Feminism, and American Politics, 1965-1980 by Melissa BlairRevolutionizing Expectations: Women's Organizations, Feminism, and American Politics, 1965-1980 by Melissa Blair

Revolutionizing Expectations: Women's Organizations, Feminism, and American Politics, 1965-1980

byMelissa Blair

Paperback | November 15, 2014

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In the 1970s the women’s movement created tremendous changes in the lives of women throughout the United States. Millions of women participated in a movement that fundamentally altered the country’s ideas about how women could and should contribute to American society. Revolutionizing Expectations tells the story of some of those women, many of whom took part in the movement in unexpected ways. By looking at feminist activism in Durham, Denver, and Indianapolis, Melissa Estes Blair uncovers not only the work of local NOW chapters but also the feminist activism of Leagues of Women Voters and of women’s religious groups in those pivotal cities.

Through her exploration of how women’s organizations that were not explicitly feminist became channels for feminism, Blair expands our understanding of who feminists were and what feminist action looked like during the high tide of the women’s movement. Revolutionizing Expectations looks beyond feminism’s intellectual leaders and uncovers a multifaceted women’s movement of white, African American, and Hispanic women from a range of political backgrounds and ages who worked together to bring about tremendous changes in their own lives and the lives of generations of women who followed them.

MELISSA ESTES BLAIR is assistant professor of history and political science at Warren Wilson College.
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Title:Revolutionizing Expectations: Women's Organizations, Feminism, and American Politics, 1965-1980Format:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:November 15, 2014Publisher:University Of Georgia PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0820347132

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Blair’s book focuses on liberal rather than radical activists, local rather than national agendas, and small cities rather than large urban centers. In doing so, she demonstrates that feminism was a larger and more diverse movement than many of us have believed it to be. . . . This book provides a valuable case study of the challenges of making women’s lives matter. - Jennifer Scanlon