Womens- 1-24- the first wave

Womens- 1-24- the first wave - The First Wave of Feminist...

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The “First Wave” of Feminist Activism 1/24/11 Why study history? Not just about facts and dates About social change and what it means for people’s lives. Questions: h How has gender been socially constructed differently throughout history? h How did individuals contend with these constructions? h What issues were at the forefront? h Differences within the movement? (e.g. along lines of race, class, sexuality) if god is inspiring women, who can argue against that. God told me to- my moral religious influence can have a positive effect on society Herstory From the Oxford English Dictionary (3rd ed.) : (sort of a pun): “In feminist use: history emphasizing the role of women or told from a woman’s point of view; also, a piece of historical writing by or about women.” Ex: it helps us to shift our perspective so that we think about which kinds of tensions and anxieties are occurring under the system- in situations like the witchcraft trials. Another important thing : herstory can be seen as happening collectively and on an individual level, but can also be seen as outside or alongside a feminist movement.
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Reminder: What’s a Movement? A group of people acting with some degree of organization and continuity outside of institutional channels for the purpose of promoting change in the group, society, or world order of which it is a part. social movements generally do not have a unified direction- the structure is more diffuse, composed of a number of relatively independent organizations that differ in tactics, goals, etc Composed of friendship networks that work toward common goals. There is No one central organization. Multiple groups work together and overlap. Relative deprivation is key to all social movements: Relative deprivation- term that helps us understand how social movements get going: People are roused to political action, as a result of changes relative to the circumstances of those to whom they compare themselves. Requires a questioning of things and how they happened in the past and
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