Women Writers and Dissent in 20th and 21st Century American Literature
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Berkeley, Kathleen C., The Women’s Liberation Movement in America (Greenwood Press, 1999)
An overview of the women’s movement from the 1960s to the late 1990s. Contains a helpful timeline of important events, dating back to the first women’s rights convention in 1848. Also contains a useful glossary of terms.
Brumberg, Joan Jacobs, The Body Project: An Intimate History of American Girls (Random House, 1997)
Documents the way in which girls have become increasingly preoccupied with their bodies over the past century. Quotes from the diaries of real girls.
Cott, Nancy F., editor, History of Women in the United States, Volume 20: Feminist Struggles for Sex Equality (K.G. Saur, 1994)
Twenty-four historical articles on women’s lives and activities, from the emergence if the women’s movement in the mid-1800s to the 1980s. Useful information about women’s issues, including those of African-American women.
Pipher, Mary, Reviving Ophelia: Saving the Selves of Adolescent Girls (Ballantine Books, 1994)
Explains why American girls are becoming increasingly prey to depression, eating disorders, addiction and suicide attempts. Contains case histories of actual teenage girls. Useful for understanding why many schools need a more “girl-friendly” environment.
Wolf, Naomi, The Beauty Myth (Anchor Books, 1991)
Wolf puts forth the powerful argument that despite the gains made by the women’s movement, today’s women are oppressed by an obsession with thinness and physical beauty. According to Wolf, the fact that women equate beauty with self-worth prevents women from realizing their true potential.