Women of the Revolution: Forty Years of Feminism

Women of the Revolution: Forty Years of Feminism

Language: English

Pages: 416

ISBN: 0852652275

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Interviews from Gloria Steinem to Oprah Winfrey to Nawal El Saadawi, and pieces by authors from Erica Jong to bell hooks to Beth Ditto—the very best of the Guardian's feminist writing
The feminist movement of the last 40 years has won triumphs and endured trials, but it has never weakened its resolve, nor for a moment been dull. The Guardian newspaper has followed its progress throughout, carrying interviews with and articles by the major figures, chronicling with verve, wit, and often passionate anger the arguments surrounding pornography, prostitution, political representation, power, pay, parental rights, abortion rights, domestic chores, and domestic violence. Bringing that writing together for the first time, this collection includes interviews with Betty Friedan, Susan Brownmiller, Maya Angelou, Toni Morrison, Camille Paglia, Susie Orbach, and more. Other pieces include Willa Petschek on Shirley Chisholm, Beatrix Campbell on the legacy of Princess Diana, Andrea Dworkin on Bill and Hillary Clinton, Jessica Valenti on internet misogyny, and Mona Eltahawy on her assault in Cairo. Lively, provocative, thoughtful, and funny, this is the essential guide to the feminist thinking and writing of the past 40 years—the ultimate portrait of an ongoing revolution.

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the union to produce its report and they hope it will back their demands and start negotiations on their behalf. They insist that they want to remain within the TGWU and that the differences between black and white workers are merely the fruits of divide-and-rule tactics employed by the management. But they are feeling isolated. ‘The trade unions keep saying it is wrong to build separate black unions. But where the hell is their support?’ 6 MARCH 1974 Maggie May MARY STOTT I ONCE

women put up with it? The simple answer is that a lot of them won’t join trade unions. When I rushed the Equal Pay Act through parliament in 1970, I knew it was far from perfect. I just wanted to get something on the statute book to pave the way for later refinements. But I also said at the time that legislation can only ever provide an opportunity; it can never be the substitute for personal involvement by women themselves. I remember telling a press conference: ‘It is no part of my job as

interest in each other, and sometimes they work through the traumas of The Day, but at any suggestion that they are happily married, they blanch and shudder and promptly deny it. ‘Oh, you’ve no idea how awful it is sometimes!’ they cry, quickly changing the subject. Now, if I’m any judge, that’s happily married, the best we poor human creatures can do in that department. It’s quite inspiring. 1990s I have a modest proposal. It will probably bring the FBI to my door. But I think that Hillary

nevertheless finds it all too easy to believe. ‘As a Tory MP, I was sickened by the abuse hurled at opposition women. They used words I have never heard in social circles.’ She won’t be specific. ‘Suggesting they were prostitutes.’ It is, it seems, all a question of how you react. The former education secretary Gillian Shephard said it was ‘all absolute rubbish’. What, she’s never heard terrible things? ‘Of course I’ve heard terrible things, but they should have heard what I heard at the NUT.’

titillating details of rape cases in the tabloids. ‘Men generally don’t understand that being raped takes the victim’s life. Mulcahy had children. I’d have loved some but I have none because I have no partner. Although I had successful relationships with men before the rape, I have not been able to have any since.’ Jess has discovered more helpful therapies since her initial disastrous experiences and some healing has taken place, but she still feels unable to get emotionally or physically close

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