Today, feminism is as important as ever. Betty Friedan’s musings, “to take the actions needed to bring women into the mainstream of American society, now; full equality for women, in fully equal partnership with men,” still hold fervently true in current society. Young readers still fighting for equality today need to know how the movement began years ago, with such basics as the right to vote, the right to birth control, and the right to equal employment. Leading historian Jules Archer’s account offers fascinating biographies of Susan B. Anthony, Margaret Sanger, and Betty Friedan, with a full background of the political organizations they worked for and against.
Forty-four percent of general American history books do not even mention the struggle for women’s suffrage, and 65 percent fail to record the name of Susan B. Anthony. Even more young readers have never heard the names of Margaret Sanger and Betty Friedan. As far as most of these books are concerned, women are invisible in American history. But these women dared to defy convention, at great personal risk, for the cause of sexual and gender equality. Their stories must be remembered. With a new foreword by feminist author Naomi Wolf, The Feminist Revolution relies heavily on letters, diaries, and other personal forms of communication to tell the story of women’s rights in this country. Part of Sky Pony Press’s revitalization of the Jules Archer History for Young Readers, series, this book is a must-read introduction to the Feminist Revolution for all young adults.
About the Author
Jules Archer was one of the most respected names in nonfiction for young people. During his lifetime he published over seventy books, which have been translated into twelve languages throughout the world. He lived in Scotts Valley, California until his death in 2008.
Naomi Wolf is the bestselling author of The Beauty Myth and a former political consultant for Al Gore’s presidential campaign. She is the leading spokes person for third wave feminism and has written for the Huffington Post, the Washington Post, and Harper’s Bazaar. Wolf is also a co-founder of The Woodhull Institute for Ethical Leadership, an organization that teaches young women about leadership.She lives in New York City.
Table of Contents
The Feminist Revolution 1
Susan B. Anthony 19
Margaret Sanger 63
Betty Friedan 107
The Feminist Revolution Tomorrow 147
Bibliography and Suggested Further Reading 167
About the Author 170