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American Women on the Move

Condition: BRAND NEW
ISBN: 9781498535991
Author(s): Shelah Gilbert Leader
Format: Hardcover
Year: 2016
Publisher: Lexington Books
Dimensions: 237 x 0 x 159 (w x l x h)
Pages: 192

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This is the inside story of the National Women's Conference held in Houston in 1977. Although the federally funded meeting was featured on the cover of Time magazine twice, participant Gloria Steinem now describes it as 'the most important event nobody knows about.' In fact, the International Women's Year (IWY) Conference was America's most democratic, representative, and inclusive congress of citizens in our history. Conference delegates had been elected by 150,000 women at open meetings in every state and territory where they discussed the range of barriers to women's full equality, debated solutions, and proposed remedies. Anti-feminists also had their say. Despite heated disagreements over issues such as the ERA, abortion, lesbian rights, child care, and other hot topics of the day, the Houston delegates united to approve a National Plan of Action to achieve full equality for all women.
To celebrate the 40th anniversary of that unique gathering, the high water mark of the 'Second Wave' of American feminism, Shelah Leader and Pat Hyatt draw on their personal files and notes from their days on the staff of the IWY National Commission to share their behind-the-scenes account of how a very diverse group of Republican and Democratic feminists achieved consensus in the face of determined opposition from political and religious conservatives. Since that landmark event, there has been marked progress in many aspects of women's lives, but Please click here to ask a question
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