Red Feminism by Kate Weigand
American Communism and the Making of Women's Liberation (Reconfiguring American Political History)

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Drawing on substantial new research, Red Feminism traces the development of a distinctive Communist strain of American feminism from its troubled beginnings in the 1930s, through its rapid growth in the Congress of American Women during the early years of the Cold War, to its culmination in Communist Party circles of the late 1940s and early 1950s. The author argues persuasively that, despite the devastating effects of anti-Communism and Stalinism on the progressive Left of the 1950s, Communist feminists such as Susan B. Anthony II, Betty Millard, and Eleanor Flexner managed to sustain many important elements of their work into the 1960s, when a new generation took up their cause and built an effective movement for women's liberation. Red Feminism provides a more complex view of the history of the modern women's movement, showing how key Communist activists came to understand gender, sexism, and race as central components of culture, economics, and politics in American society.


About Kate Weigand

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Kate Weigand is an archivist at the Sophia Smith Collection at Smith College and teaches courses in U.S. history and women's studies.
Published November 16, 2000 by Johns Hopkins University Press. 240 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Gay & Lesbian. Non-fiction

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Historians have generally contended that the American Communist Party of the 1930s-1950s had little interest in women's issues and that its party line stated that sex oppression was merely a by-product of bourgeois decadence.

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