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August 2015

Welcome to my Blog!

McNair lecture EWU I am a college professor, a historian, and an author. So many of the women I speak to in my public lectures and college classes want to talk about the often-contentious subject of women’s issues!  Many of you have read my book, Helen Andelin and the Fascinating Womanhood Movement, and many others wonder why, in this day and age, would any woman not want to be liberated?

Lets talk about it!

What are America’s leading feminists saying, and why do the anti-feminist groups that hate them continue to attract more and more followers? Some say that the feminist movement of the 1960s is passé and given the fact that so many modern women don’t want to call themselves feminists anymore, you might think so.

Not so fast, though.

There is a new, younger crop of women out there who are seeking to restore the feminist movement to its former glory by asking the question, “Why are we still not equal?” These new soldiers for the cause want “feminism” to stop being the new “f-word” and they are working to achieve equality in the workforce and in the political arena. They hope to revive the failed Equal Rights Amendment of the 1970s so that equal rights for women will become part of our Constitution.

Their detractors are legion.

Increasing numbers of women have rejected feminism altogether. Some are opting-out of the workforce in favor of full-time homemaking, and are embracing the New Domesticity. Others can be found in the sea of anti-feminist literature, websites and blogs. Christian conservatism and its related homeschooling and patriarchy movements are gathering new followers at lightening speed.

These women feel threatened by feminism. Many are angry. They seek to recapture the traditions and values that they believe our country has always stood for. They want to return to the traditional roles for men and women that many of us grew up with and that feminism rejected decades ago.

And… there are a whole lot of women somewhere in-between.

So where does that leave us?

With lots to talk about, my friends. My hope is that this will be a space where women, any and all women, can talk freely and frankly about the issues that affect all of us today.

Some of you, like me, are old enough to remember those history-making events of the 1960s and 70s. We lived through them, and it really does feel like it was just yesterday. Many of you weren’t there, but learned about women’s history in high school, college, from books and magazines, or on the news.

Twice a month, I will post articles, pictures, book reviews, questions and other food for thought so that anyone who feels like it can chime right in and enter a useful and intelligent conversation about ourselves, our history as women and our future.

In my college classes, I find controversy to be a great teaching tool. I tell my students that I don’t care what their political or religious beliefs are. I just want them to use their minds and dare to consider a point of view other than the one they walked into class with. Isn’t that how we grow? I want my students to talk and to learn by talking. I believe that if we can talk about ideas, even if we have to agree to disagree, then we can come lots closer to being authentic and useful human beings.

I hope you will join in the discussion openly and with passion!

Upcoming subjects: Why I Wrote This Book, Well Behaved Women Seldom Make History, Cultural Stereotypes for Men and Women, The Opt-Out Revolution, Equal Means Equal, Is There a War Against Men? The Grande Dames of Feminism, The Rise of the New Patriarchy Movement, Why Homeschool? Whatever You Say Dear, Why I Got Married, Why Poor Women Put Motherhood Before Marriage, Being his Helpmeet… and more.

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