A Strange Stirring: The Feminine Mystique and American Women by Stephanie Coontz

By Stephanie Coontz

In 1963, Betty Friedan unleashed a hurricane of controversy together with her bestselling ebook, The female Mystique. 1000s of girls wrote to her to claim that the ebook had remodeled, even stored, their lives. approximately part a century later, many girls nonetheless remember the place they have been after they first learn it.
In A unusual Stirring, historian Stephanie Coontz examines the sunrise of the Nineteen Sixties, whilst the sexual revolution had slightly began, newspapers marketed for “perky, appealing gal typists,” yet married ladies have been advised to stick domestic, and husbands managed virtually each element of kin lifestyles. in line with exhaustive study and interviews, and not easy either conservative and liberal myths approximately Friedan, A unusual Stirring brilliantly illuminates how a iteration of girls got here to gain that their dissatisfaction with family lifestyles didn’t mirror their own weak point yet quite a social and political injustice.

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The parallel trends of AFDC cuts and antipoverty rhetoric produced a formula that encouraged women on welfare to begin to fight back. “Rising expectations” for poor people and trying circumstances for welfare recipients gave welfare activists a reason to organize as well as hope that their organizing might be effective. Why Women Organized In this context the first local welfare rights groups formed in the early and mid-1960s, several years before the Ohio march. Welfare recipients in cities, towns, and rural communities began to discuss, and in some cases demonstrate, about their da y-to-day e xperiences w ith po verty, racism, and the many abuses the y endur ed w ith the w elfare syst em.

Concluded that economic justice was v ital for social equality. Although unemployment was at one of its lowest points in the postwar p eriod, millions of Americans li ved in dilapidat ed housing and were malnourished and inadequat ely clothed. 147 Although the problem crossed racial and ethnic boundar ies, the black community bore the brunt of it. 148 Social mo vement acti vists c ontemplated ho w t o alle viate or , better y et, 34 • Welfare Warriors eradicate poverty. 149 These developments, buoyed by the academic research of the preceding few years, helped engender a disc ernible shift in the national mood in the mid-1960s, leading to the passage of the Economic Opportunity Act (EOA) in 1964.

The changing political climate, financial resources, and middle-class assistance proved important in the expansion of this nascent movement. Middle-Class and Nonprofit Support Increasing attention to poverty among social mo vement activists, politicians, and ordinary Americans in the mid-1960s led to an outpouring of resources de voted t o er adicating po verty. Middle-class suppor t helped recipients overcome obstacles to organizing, augmenting the welfare rights movement. Local welfare rights groups acquired support in their political work from Students for a Democratic Society (SDS), churches, legal aid societies, civil rights groups, and federal antipoverty agencies.

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