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ERIC Number: ED471602
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999
Pages: 7
Abstractor: N/A
Feminism and Literacy for Women: Politics and Resources.
Miller, Mev
Feminist Collections, v21 n1 Fall 1999
The contemporary women's movement, communicating largely through the written word, mistakenly ignored or failed to notice the following: (1) almost one quarter of American women (23%) had severely limited literacy skills; (2) for female heads of households, 75% of those with less than a high school diploma lived in poverty; (3) nearly 40% of female single parents had an eighth-grade education; and (4) almost 35% of displaced homemakers had an eighth-grade education. Literacy was equated with personal power and opportunity, something denied to those with low literacy skills. The majority of feminist writings is largely theoretical and too scholarly for adult basic education students. Organizations such as Women Leading Through Reading pioneered a more politicized approach to feminist adult education by sponsoring groups for adult women working to improve their literacy skills. (About two thirds of the document is an annotated bibliography, directed at learning center coordinators and adult educators, that aims to provide a listing of feminist resources and reading materials for women with low literacy. It describes 24 books and curriculum materials published by feminist, university, and independent presses. Seven other resources, including non-profit foundations and focus groups in the United States and Canada, are listed). (AJ)
Women's Studies Librarian, University of Wisconsin System, 430 Memorial Library, 728 State St., Madison, WI 53706, Tel: 608-263-5754; Fax: 608-265-2754; e-mail:; Web site: For full text:
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Teachers; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin Univ. System, Madison.
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