NOW & Then: Women's Liberation Begins


For 50 years, the National Organization for Women (NOW) has been championed feminist initiatives and gender equalizing political policy. But much of its early developments and intersectionality have been oversimplified by the media and overshadowed by Betty Friedan's controversial legacy. Cristen and Caroline talk to NOW president Terry O'Neill about past pitfalls and immediate progress that got the organization and Women's Liberation marching toward the glass ceiling.

Additional sources:

Governing NOW: Grassroots Activism in the National Organization for Women. Maryann Barasko. Cornell University Press. 2004. https://books.google.com/books?id=hGxTf7qroHYC&printsec=frontcover#v=onepage&q&f=false

"National Organization for Women Founder on Group's 50th Anniversary and Finding Success in Anger." TIME. http://time.com/4381789/now-50th-anniversary-founder-national-organization-women/

"Political Organization in the Feminist Movement." Jo Freeman. 1975. http://www.jofreeman.com/socialmovements/polorg.htm

"Statement of Purpose." National Organization for Women. 1966. http://now.org/about/history/statement-of-purpose/

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Topics in this Podcast: feminism, interviews, betty friedan, pauli murray