Historical Perspective on the Advancement of Women – Gerda Lerner

11 May

Dead Wild Roses

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Seventy two years (+) of struggle just to get right to vote, and an uphill battle *all* of the way.  Now who exactly was creating such resistance to positive social change?  Hmm… now that is quite the puzzle now isn’t it.

Those in power will never willingly concede their power.  Not ever.  What it takes – organizing, resistance, community is what feminism built up til roughly the end of the second wave.  With in influx of po-mo theory and men – the feminist root manifesto – the liberation of women from the oppressive structures of society – has been all but lost.

So much time has been lost to endless debates over empowerment and identity politics, the entire project steadfastly nonthreatening to the status quo.  The radical feminist message is starting to get out again, despite the best efforts of the establishment to silence women who look to the root…

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