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Eleanor Flexner: Civil Rights and Feminist Activism and Writing

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Abstract

Eleanor Flexner’s Century of Struggle: The Woman’s Rights Movement in the United States appeared in 1959, at the height of the Cold War and a decade before women’s history was recognized in the academy. Century of Struggle focused on suffrage but, rather than examining political rights narrowly defined, it integrated the struggles of African-American and working-class women into the story of political reform. It was remarkable for its topic, for being unabashedly connected to women’s rights as a social movement, and for rooting its argument in what today is called the intersectionality of gender, race, and class. It linked Flexner’s experiences in left-wing union advocacy and civil rights during the 1930s and 1940s to movements that flourished in the decades after Century was published.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Xavier UniversityCincinnatiUSA

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