ERIC Number: ED161973
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Feb
Where Feminism and Ethnicity Intersect: The Impact of Parallel Movements. Working Paper Series Number 16.
In the past five years, the Women's Movement and rising ethnic identity among white and racial minority groups have become facts of life in American society. Both movements challenged the myth of the American melting pot and the promise of "freedom, justice and liberty for all." The answer to apparent societal fragmentation may be found in an examination of the reciprocal impacts of cultural diversity and the Women's Movement. In its early years, the Movement's base was narrow, appealing to white, middle class professionals, and frequently alienating the majority of American women. But as the Movement dug deeper into all areas of discrimination, the fight for equal rights gained new adherents and new affiliations with organizations that focused on the needs of working class women. The Movement's impact is visible in such developments as the formation of women's labor unions, innovative education programs sensitive to women's special needs, and women's support groups in ethnic communities. The U.S. National Women's Agenda is a broad scale coalition of over 90 such groups. The Agenda promises to become an organizing tool and vehicle for stating the concerns of American women of all backgrounds. Its success will depend on the extent to which women can understand and appreciate their differences. (Author/KR)
Descriptors: Civil Rights, Cultural Pluralism, Culture Conflict, Employed Women, Ethnicity, Females, Feminism, Group Membership, Low Income Groups, Lower Middle Class, Middle Class, Minority Groups, Social Change, Social Differences, Womens Education
Institute on Pluralism and Group Identity, American Jewish Committee, 165 East 56th Street, New York, New York 10022 ($0.50)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Jewish Committee, New York, NY. Inst. on Pluralism and Group Identity.