Remapping Second-Wave Feminism
The Long Women’s Rights Movement in Louisiana, 1950–1997

Janet Allured

Rethinking the role and impact of the South on the national feminist movement

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"A riveting read. Allured captures beautifully the energy and passion of Louisianans' work toward justice for women—black, white, straight, lesbian, religious, secular. She complicates the stereotypical notion of the Deep South and its storied prejudices with the words of the people whose efforts yielded great benefits for women throughout the Pelican State. Anyone assuming that the defeat of the Equal Rights Amendment equaled a failure of feminism in the South will have her mind changed by Allured's painstaking research and graceful writing."
—Rebecca Sharpless, author of Cooking in Other Women's Kitchens: Domestic Workers in the South, 1865–1960

"This is a remarkable book—a great history of our country but also many great individual stories of one place, here the Deep South. Janet Allured presents vivid accounts and thoughtful interpretations of the work of a cadre of African American, Hispanic, and white women who changed the social and economic landscape of their lives and the lives of others. In turn, the book itself becomes an essential reading in collective biography, the history of the twentieth-century South, and feminism."
—Susan Tucker, author of Telling Memories Among Southern Women: Domestic Workers and Their Employers in the Segregated South


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Scholars of second-wave feminism often center their research on northern thought and political activity and usually overlook the vibrant pockets of activism that existed elsewhere. In Remapping Second-Wave Feminism, Janet Allured attempts to reshape the national narrative by focusing on the grassroots women’s movement in the South, particularly in Louisiana.

This book delves into unexplored origins of the feminist movement. While acknowledging the ways that the fight for African American civil rights produced the women’s liberation movement in the South—and subsequently in the North—Allured also locates other wellsprings of the movement that were particularly important to southern change-seekers, especially preexisting women’s organizations such as the League of Women Voters, the YWCA, and liberal churches. For many southern feminists, being part of a faith tradition that emphasized social justice reform is what ultimately propelled them into working for gender equality. Allured highlights key figures in Louisiana; divisions based on regional, sexual, and ideological differences; access to abortion; lawsuits that had national implications that emanated from southern women; and the fight against sexual assault and domestic violence. Through detailed archival and oral history research, she has forged a new path, making this a foundational work for the field. Remapping Second-Wave Feminism will amend how we reflexively view feminism as a northern phenomenon, giving proper due to the southern contribution.

Page count: 384 pp.
24 b&w photos
Trim size: 6 X 9

 



Hardcover
List price: $64.95
978-0-8203-4538-3
11/01/2016

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Janet Allured is a professor of history at McNeese State University, coeditor of Louisiana Women: Their Lives and Times, Volume I (Georgia) and coeditor of Louisiana Legacies: Readings in the History of the Pelican State.