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The Women's Liberation Movement: Impacts and Outcomes

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Volume 22

Protest, Culture & Society

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The Women's Liberation Movement

Impacts and Outcomes

Edited by Kristina Schulz

372 pages, 4 illus., bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-78533-586-0 $179.00/£132.00 Hb Published (July 2017)

ISBN  978-1-78920-491-9 $29.95/£23.95 Pb Published (October 2019)

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“This book is rich in content and thoroughly researched. Several chapters bring relatively un-known movement dynamics to an English-speaking audience for the first time. These contributions provide important empirical evidence of what the diversity of the many Western European Women’s Liberation Movements actually stand for, what they do, and how they develop.” · Susanne Zwingel, Florida International University

“Both exciting and very well-written, this book offers original empirical work on a range of core issues related to the Women’s Liberation Movements. It is based on multiple methods of case studies, and brings forward refreshing empirical material and methodological reflections. There are so many myths about feminism and WLM that claims and descriptions based on solid research, such as those offered by this collection, are essential.” · Beatrice Halsaa, University of Oslo


For over half a century, the countless organizations and initiatives that comprise the Women’s Liberation movement have helped to reshape many aspects of Western societies, from public institutions and cultural production to body politics and subsequent activist movements. This collection represents the first systematic investigation of WLM’s cumulative impacts and achievements within the West. Here, specialists on movements in Europe systematically investigate outcomes in different countries in the light of a reflective social movement theory, comparing them both implicitly and explicitly to developments in other parts of the world.

Kristina Schulz, PhD, is Professor for Contemporary History at the University of Neuchâtel. She is a specialist of Western feminist history in comparative perspective and is the author of a book on the French and German WLM: ‘Der lange Atem der Provokation.’ Die Frauenbewegung in der Bundesrepublik und in Frankreich (1968-1976). Together with Leena Schmitter and Sarah Kiani she published a source and archive guide about the Swiss Women’s Liberation Movement in 2014. With Magda Kaspar she created an audio archive and interactive website about the feminist movement in Switzerland from the 1970s to the present (Frauenbewegung 2.0).

Subject: Gender Studies and Sexuality History: 20th Century to Present


Introduction: A Success without Impact? Case Studies from the Women's Liberation Movement's in Europe
Kristina Schulz


Introductory Remarks
Brigitte Studer

Chapter 1. Women’s Liberation Movement and Professional Equality: The Swiss Case
Sarah Kiani

Chapter 2. How The Women’s Movement Changed Academia: A Comparison of Germany and the United States
Stefanie Ehmsen

Chapter 3. Female Bodies — Fetal Subjects? New Reproductive Technologies, Feminist Claims and Political Change in Switzerland in the 1970/80s
Leena Schmitter


Introductory Remarks
Silja Behre

Chapter 4. Momone and the Bonnes Femmes; or Beauvoir and the MLF
Sylvie Chaperon

Chapter 5. Women and Words: Literary Practices as Collective Self-Discovery
Kristina Schulz

Chapter 6. Lesbian Vertigo: Living the Women’s Liberation Movement on the Edge of Europe
Ana Martins

Chapter 7. Sexy Stories and Postfeminist Empowerment: From ‘Häutungen’ to ‘Wetlands’
Christa Binswanger and Kathy Davis


Introductory Remarks
Thierry Delessert and Lucy Delap

Chapter 8. Lesbianism as Political Construction, in the French Feminist Context
Christine Bard

Chapter 9. Gender and Class in the Italian Women’s Movement
Marica Tolomelli and Anna Frisone

Chapter 10. “Sisterhood is Plain Sailing?” Multi-Racial Feminist Collectives in 1980s Britain
Natalie Thomlinson

Chapter 11. Uneasy Solidarity: The British Men’s Movement and Feminism
Lucy Delap


Introductory Remarks
Lucy Delap and Thierry Delessert

Chapter 12. Echoes of Ourselves? – Feminisms between East and West in the Leningrad Almanac Woman and Russia
Kirsten Harting

Chapter 13. Cyberfeminism on the German-Speaking Net: Contestation beyond Binary Code
Johanna Niesyto


Introductory Remarks
Magda Kaspar

Chapter 14. The Myth and the Archives: Some Reflections on Swedish Feminism in the 1970s
Elisabeth Elgan

Chapter 15. After the Protest: Biographical Consequences of Movement Activism in an Oral History of Women’s Liberation in Britain
Margaretta Jolly

Chapter 16. Writing the History of Feminism (Old and New). Impacts and Impatience
Karen Offen

Kristina Schulz


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