- The Oxford Handbook of U.S. Women’s Social Movement Activism
- List of Contributors
- Introduction: The Long History of Women’s Social Movement Activism in the United States
- Layers of Activism: Women’s Movements and Women in Movements Approaching the Twentieth Century
- The Swells between the “Waves”: American Women’s Activism, 1920–1965
- The Equal Rights Amendment Campaign and Its Opponents
- The Turn toward Socialist, Radical, and Lesbian Feminisms
- Contemporary Feminism and Beyond
- Intersectionality: Origins, Travels, Questions, and Contributions
- Mobilizing the Faithful: Conservative and Right-Wing Women’s Movements in America
- The Historical Roots of a Global Feminist Perspective and the Growing Global Focus among U.S. Feminists
- Workplace Discrimination, Equal Pay, and Sexual Harassment: An Intersectional Approach
- Battles over Abortion and Reproductive Rights: Movement Mobilization and Strategy
- Maternalist and Community Politics
- Women’s Health Social Movements
- U.S. Women’s Movements to End Violence against Women, Domestic Abuse, and Rape
- Welfare, Poverty, and Low-Wage Employment
- Anti-Feminist, Pro-Life, and Anti-ERA Women
- The Dynamics and Causes of Gender and Feminist Consciousness and Feminist Identities
- Movement Emergence and Resource Mobilization: Organizations, Leaders, and Coalition Work
- Identity Politics, Consciousness-Raising, and Visibility Politics
- Protest Events and Direct Action
- Language and Its Everyday Revolutionary Potential: Feminist Linguistic Activism in the United States
- Sexuality, Gender Identity, Fluidity, and Embodiment
- From Ink to Web and Beyond: U.S. Women’s Activism Using Traditional and New Social Media
- Inside the State: Activism within Legislative and Governmental Agency Forums
- Women as a Force in Electoral Politics
- U.S. Women’s Legal Activism in the Judicial Arena
- Female Empowerment and the Chain of Command: Women in the U.S. Military
- Push, Pull, and Fusion: Women’s Activism and Religious Institutions
- Women’s Activism and Educational Institutions
- Women, Sports, and Activism
- Women’s Activism in the Modern Movement for Black Liberation
- Latinas in U.S. Social Movements
- Women in the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Movement
- American Women’s Environmental Activism: Motivations, Experiences, and Transformations
- Gendered Activism and Outcomes: Women in the Peace Movement
- Women’s Activism in U.S. Labor Unions
- Women in the White Supremacist Movement
Abstract and Keywords
The introduction to The Oxford Handbook of U.S. Women’s Social Movement Activism, begins with an “aerial” view of the history of scholarship on U.S. women’s collective action, tracing the roots of this body of research to the early nineteenth century and following its trajectory to the present. In recent decades, the scholarly study of U.S. women’s activism has increased dramatically, with a wide range of investigations that reveal both the broad diversity of women’s politicized collective action and the theoretical sophistication in our understanding of the causes, processes, and consequences of women’s collective struggles. The introduction concludes with an overview of the Handbook’s five sections, which explore the history of women’s activism, the issues mobilizing women, the strategies and tactics women have employed, the targets and forums of women’s activism, and women’s participation in a variety of social movements, in addition to those concerned with women’s issues.
Holly J. McCammon is Professor of Sociology at Vanderbilt University with secondary appointments in Law and Human and Organizational Development. Her research centers on women’s activism, including use of litigation as a social movement strategy. She has published widely on women’s collective action, including her book The U.S. Women’s Jury Movements and Strategic Adaptation: A More Just Verdict.
Verta Taylor is Distinguished Professor of Sociology and affiliated faculty member in Feminist Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She is the author of numerous publications on women’s and LGBT movements and recipient of the American Sociological Association’s Jessie Bernard Award and the McCarthy Award for her scholarship on social movements. Her prize-winning research includes (with Leila Rupp) Survival in the Doldrums: The American Women’s Rights Movement, 1945 to the 1960s and Drag Queens at the 801 Carbaret.
Jo Reger is a Professor of Sociology and the Director of Women and Gender Studies at Oakland University in Michigan and the author of numerous works, including Everywhere and Nowhere: Contemporary Feminism in the United States. She is a scholar of social movements, gender, and theory.
Rachel L. Einwohner is Professor of Sociology at Purdue University, where she also holds a courtesy appointment in Political Sociology and affiliations with the Jewish Studies Program and the Center for Research on Diversity and Inclusion. Her extensive scholarship appears in a variety of journals, including the American Sociological Review, the American Journal of Sociology, and Social Problems. Her work focuses on the dynamics of protest and resistance, protest effectiveness, and gender and other identities.
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