Rethinking the private sphere: the West German New Women’s Movement challenges to the gendered order, 1968-1978 Public Deposited

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  • Summers, Sarah
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of History
  • Beginning with the Action Council for the Liberation of Woman and their Store Front Daycare initiative in 1968 and then progressing through the diverse movement of the 1970s, this paper analyzes the debates over the gendered division of labor, the meanings of work, the “children’s question”– how could children be brought up in an “anti-authoritarian” manner, and the “mother question”- how could mothers balance childcare and public participation, in the West German New Women’s Movement. Responding to structural, cultural, and social changes in the everyday lives of women in postwar society, these debates reflected the diversity of the movement and their various attempts to find a concrete theory of emancipation and feminist strategy. Without an analysis of these debates and constructions of feminist strategy and theory, we cannot begin to understand the activities and praxis of the movement, nor begin to understand the affects of the movement on West German society.
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  • Jarausch, Konrad Hugo
  • Hagemann, Karen
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