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The Women's Movement in Historical Perspective: Conversation with Ruth Rosen, historian and columnist; 12/5/01 by Harry Kreisler.

This interview is part of the Institute's "Conversations with History" series, and uses Internet technology to share with the public Berkeley's distinction as a global forum for ideas.

Welcome to a Conversation with History. book cover I'm Harry Kreisler of the Institute of International Studies. Our guest today is Ruth Rosen, who is a historian and journalist. Her most recent book is The World Split Open: How the Modern Women's Movement Changed America. Formerly a Professor at the University of California at Davis, she is now an editorial writer and columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle.

  1. Background ... influence of parents ... friends as mentors ... readings ... education ... interest in history ... seeing the U.S. from the outside ... the Civil Rights movement ... impact of the sixties
  2. Becoming an Historian ... first women's meeting ... discovering "normal" discrimination... perspectives on prostitution ... analyst and participant ... understanding the cultural context of the women's movement
  3. The Modern Women's Movement: The Younger Generation ... The Feminine Mystique ... consciousness ... naming the injuries of sexism ... importance of American sense of fairness ... discrimination in the civil rights and antiwar movements ... seeing work and home in a new way ... importance of consciousness raising sessions
  4. The Modern Women's Movement: The Older Generation ... Kennedy's Commission on the Status of Women ... state and county commissions ... consequences of women talking to each other ... Title 7
  5. The Women's Movement as a Global Phenomenon ... social change behind the big events ... U.N.'s International Women's Conferences ... expanded view of human rights ... redefining development ... other issues: trafficking; refugees ... impact of the conference in China ... impact of the war in Afghanistan
  6. The Role of Journalism ... bringing issues into view ... journalists as educators ... .finding the right words ... the art of storytelling ... example: "ordinary" terror of daily lives
  7. Conclusion ... advice to students ... history

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