When Leaning In Means Falling Short

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

women's suffrage "I did not raise my girl to be a voter." Parody from Puck of the anti-World War I protest song "I Did Not Raise My Boy To Be A Soldier" with the context altered to women's suffrage. (By Merle De Vore Johnson (1874-1935). Author not named in bibliographic record. (Library of Congress[1]) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons/Wikimedia Commons)

Since the women's movement began in the 1920s, it has evolved and transformed in many ways, and the debate continues over what the movement should accomplish and what feminism means. Dorothy Sue Cobble, Linda Gordon, and Astrid Henry talks about the history of the feminist movement, challenge the contemporary “lean-in,” trickle-down feminist philosophy, and assert that women’s histories all too often depoliticize politics, labor issues, and divergent economic circumstances. In their book Feminism Unfinished: A Short, Surprising History of American Women’s Movement provides what they see as a much-needed corrective to modern discourse on feminism.


Dorothy Sue Cobble, Linda Gordon and Astrid Henry

Comments [10]

WhatWhat from NYC

Erm, the comment about the Obama Administration White House pay gap between men and women was identified as inaccurate as salaries across-the-board were compared instead of salaries of comparable jobs:

Aug. 27 2014 01:59 PM
Lee from Manhattan

Feminism is not popular nationally. What are your guests doing about that? Do they know of this group- as they are actively angering many feminists?

Aug. 27 2014 01:56 PM
jgarbuz from Queens

Betty Friedan. The "Karl Marx" of Feminism.Betty Friedan saw what her work had wrought and had some regrets. If Karl Marx had known that Stalin was coming he might not have written his Manifesto.

Aug. 27 2014 01:55 PM
Amy from Manhattan

But don't you realize? If the Equal Rights Amendment passes, there will be same-sex bathrooms in *every home in America*!!

...oh, wait....

Aug. 27 2014 01:54 PM
jgarbuz from Queens

If fathers don't get equal rights and say about what happens to THEIR children, from abortion to where those children live and which other men live with them, I don't see why men should pay any attention to womens' constant whining. It seems they took over a long time ago. They are sore winners! They can't win gracefully. More than half of college graduates are women.
The question is children. Do fathers have any rights whatsoever to them? yes or no?

Aug. 27 2014 01:52 PM
jgarbuz from Queens

How can anyone speak of "equal treatment" when men only get domicile custory rights 20% of the time? Women get to have children live with them 80% of the time. As long as men do not equal rights regarding their flesh and blood, I don't see why they should agree to anything that the feminists have to say.

Aug. 27 2014 01:48 PM
Lee from Manhattan

Wouldn't be easier to force men to work less at the office than it is to get women to work more, say past 7pm, and not run off to yoga or pottery class? If getting to 'equality' is the goal, why does it matter how you get there?

Aug. 27 2014 01:45 PM
jgarbuz from Queens

I can't wait till babies can be produced be in factories and there are no more mothers or fathers. That's the only way the two opposing genders can ever become "equal."

Aug. 27 2014 01:40 PM
Amy from Manhattan

"Doing it all"--good way to put it. That's what enabled men to "have it all."

Aug. 27 2014 01:40 PM
Lee from Manhattan

What is your guests' opinion about #womenagainstfeminism and now the new #dateoffcampus. The latter is about men avoiding dating on campus to avoid witch hunts

Aug. 27 2014 01:31 PM

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