The World Split Open by Ruth Rosen
How the Modern Women's Movement Changed America

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In this enthralling narrative-the first of its kind-historian and journalist Ruth Rosen chronicles the history of the American women's movement from its beginnings in the 1960s to the present. Interweaving the personal with the political, she vividly evokes the events and people who participated in our era's most far-reaching social revolution.

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Ruth Rosen is professor of history at the University of California at Davis. She writes regularly for Dissent and The Women's Review of Books.
Published February 19, 2013 by Tantor. 544 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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While encouraging them to come out, the women’s movement rejected butch/femme roles and promoted “loving relationships between two strong, independent women.” Radical groups within the movement, in fact, advocated political lesbianism, urging women to make the “political choice” to live as lesbians.

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Highlighting the dramatic changes in culture and attitudes brought about by the women's movement in the 1960s and '70s, Rosen details the rebirth of feminism, from the liberalism of NOW through women's liberation, which grew out of the civil rights movement.

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