Womens_Clubs_Influence_on_Second-Wave_Feminism_at_the_Grassroots

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“Women’s Clubs Influence on Second-Wave Feminism at the Grassroots” I concluded that Melissa Estes Blair’s main thesis in her article is that women’s clubs greatly contributed to grassroots feminism by aiding in much of its liveliness, diversity, and giving the feminist movement the power to sustain their programs while enduring adversity from the community. Evidence from both the Foner text and Blair’s article lead me to this conclusion that the second wave of feminism wouldn’t have been possible without the impact from the various women’s clubs during that time. First, in the Eric Foner text “Give Me Liberty!”, Foner discusses how multiple women’s clubs during what was termed the women’s era began to develop much more power and influence over public events. He gives the example of the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union [WCTU] beliefs to show how serious they were about wanting to make a permanent change to better women’s experience in society. Frances Willard, who was the president of the WCTU, stood firm in that “women must abandon the idea that ‘weakness’ and dependence were their nature and join assertively in movements to change society” (Foner 532-533). Foner also mentions the women’s suffrage movement led by the National American Woman Suffrage Association [NAWSA] and how strong their new techniques of grabbing Americans' attention were. He proves this by saying "California’s successful 1911 campaign utilized automobile

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