HISTORY 386 - Writing assignment #2

Handed out Tuesday, Nov. 19; due back in class Tuesday, Dec. 10

Focus – Documents from the modern feminist movement


Start by carefully reading the sections in the Woloch book (p. 492-543) and Kerber book (p. 532-553) dealing with the modern feminist movement. Then, read the documents from the following web sites:


NOW Statement of Purpose, other early documents, 1960s-1970s:

        http://www.femini st.org/research/chronicles/early1.html

        http://www.femini st.org/research/chronicles/early2.html

        http://www.feminist.org/research/chronicles/ear ly3.html

        http://www.femini st.org/research/chronicles/early4.html

Gloria Steinem, “’Women’s Liberation’ Aims to Free Men Too”, 1970:

        http://scriptorium.lib.duke.edu /wlm/aims/

Shirley Chisholm, “Equal Rights for Women,” 1969:

        http://scriptorium.lib.duke.ed u/wlm/equal/

Carol Hanish, “Women of the World Unite”, 1968:

        http://scriptorium.lib. duke.edu/wlm/notes/#ourmen

Female Liberation: A Joint Statement by Six Female Liberation Groups”:

         http://scriptorium.lib.duk e.edu/wlm/statement/


          One important note: it is NOT a good idea to wait to look at these sites until the last minute the night before the due date.  We have double-checked all links and as far as we can tell, they should work with both Netscape and Internet Explorer.  However, website accessibility can be temperamental, and sometimes web connections can be just plain slow – so do not wait until the last minute to do this!  If you run into trouble navigating any of these websites, please check with us as soon as possible!


          Now, based on the documents you have read on these sites, integrate what you have learned.  Write a four to six-page paper discussing the following questions:  What were some of the major issues and areas of concern expressed during the rise of the modern feminist movement in the 1960s and 1970s?  What arguments did various women’s advocates bring forward to make their case?  


          We do NOT want your personal opinions on what “feminism” means today  in 2002!!!  Although we do NOT ask you to agree with everything that appears in these articles, this paper is NOT the place to editorialize on why what they did in the 1960s and 1970s was “right” or “wrong” – papers which do this will be marked down!!! Your mission is to understand what these women said in the 1960s and 1970s ON ITS OWN TERMS, to explain IN A HISTORICAL CONTEXT why these feminists believed and acted as they did!! 


          Be specific – we do not want just broad generalizations! – you should cite specific passages from specific documents to make your points! (However, do not devote too much space to long quotes that eat up most of a page – you need to leave room to put in your own ideas and show critical thinking).


           Take time to check grammar and spelling; be sure to proofread, since we will deduct points for sloppy writing!  If you take material directly from a book, article, or website, it must be in quotation marks and you must cite the source in parentheses – for example (Woloch, p. 347) or (Shirley Chisholm, “Equal Rights for Women,” Duke website) – be sure to avoid plagiarism.  Points will be deducted for late papers.