Smithsonian Books Releases The Feminist Revolution

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Illustrated History of the Struggle for Women’s Liberation Available March 6

Smithsonian Books is releasing The Feminist Revolution: The Struggle for Women’s Liberation by Bonnie J. Morris and D-M Withers March 6. The book is a collection of essays, oral histories and illustrations depicting the global history and contributions of the feminist revolution in the late 20th century.

Beginning with the founding of the National Organization for Women in 1966, at a time when women across the world were mobilizing individually and collectively in the fight to assert their independence and establish their rights in society, the book traces a path through political campaigns, protests, the formation of women’s publishing houses and groundbreaking magazines and other events that shaped women’s history. It examines women’s determination to free themselves from definition by male culture, wanting not only to “take back the night” but also to reclaim their bodies, their minds and their cultural identity. It also demonstrates that the feminist revolution was enacted by women from all backgrounds, of every color and of all ages and that it took place in the home, in workplaces and in the streets. Complete with a foreword by Roxane Gay, this overview of the key decades in the feminist revolution also brings together for the first time many of these women’s own unpublished stories, which together offer tribute to the daring, humor and creative spirit of its participants.

The Feminist Revolution was selected as an Oprah Best Book of March 2018.

About the Authors

Morris taught women’s history for 22 years at both George Washington University and Georgetown University, and is now a lecturer in the Gender and Women's Studies Department at UC-Berkeley. She is the award-winning author of 14 books, and a 17-year scoring reader for the AP U.S. History exam. Withers is a writer, researcher, curator and publisher who is currently Research Fellow at the University of Sussex. Withers’ recent publications include Feminism, Digital Culture and the Politics of Transmission: Theory, Practice and Cultural Heritage, which won the 2016 Feminist and Women’s Studies Association Book Prize. Curatorial projects include Music & Liberation and Sistershow Revisited.

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