Righting Feminism: Conservative Women and American Politics, with a new epilogue

Paperback | April 15, 2012

byRonnee Schreiber

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When we think of women's activism in America, liberal figures such as Gloria Steinem and Betty Friedan invariably come to mind. But women's interests are not synonymous with organizations like NOW anymore. As Ronnee Schreiber shows, the conservative ascendancy that began in the Reagan era hasbeen accompanied by the emergence of a broad-based conservative women's movement. Righting Feminism shows that one of the key - albeit overlooked - developments in political activism since the 1980s has been the emergence of conservative women's organizations. It focuses on Concerned Women for America and the Independent Women's Forum to reveal how they are using feministrhetoric for conservative ends: outlawing abortion, restricting pornography, and bolstering the traditional family. But ironically, these organizations face a paradox: to combat the legacy of feminism - particularly its appeal to the majority of American women - they must use the rhetoric of women'sempowerment. Indeed, Schreiber amply illustrates how conservative activists are often the beneficiaries of the very feminist politics they oppose. Yet just as importantly, she demolishes two widely believed truisms: that conservatism holds no appeal to women and that modern conservatism is hostileto the very notion of women's activism. And, in this updated edition, Schreiber takes the story forward with an epilogue that considers the ways in which the politics of representation have changed for both conservative women and feminist activists in the wake of the political ascendency of figures including Sarah Palin and MichelleBachmann. Based on numerous interviews with colorful conservative activists and extensive analyses of organizational documents, Righting Feminism offers a new way of understanding the unlikely intersection of women's activism and conservative politics in America today.

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When we think of women's activism in America, liberal figures such as Gloria Steinem and Betty Friedan invariably come to mind. But women's interests are not synonymous with organizations like NOW anymore. As Ronnee Schreiber shows, the conservative ascendancy that began in the Reagan era hasbeen accompanied by the emergence of a broad...

Ronnee Schreiber is Associate Professor of Political Science at San Diego State University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.68 inPublished:April 15, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0199917027

ISBN - 13:9780199917020

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements1. Introduction2. Conservative Women's Political Activism3. Playing Femball: CWA and IWF as Women's Organizations4. Are Women Victims?: Violence Against Women5. Finding Common Ground: Constructing Mothers' Interests6. Representing Women's Health Interests7. Conclusion: The Political Implications of Conservative Women's ActivismEpilogueAppendix AAppendix BBibliographyNotes