Radical Sisters by Anne M. Valk
Anne M. Valk's Radical Sisters: Second-Wave Feminism and Black Liberation in Washington, DC (2008) is an important resource for understanding the interplay between race, class and gender activism in DC between 1963 and 1980.
"Radical Sisters offers a fresh exploration of the ways that 1960s political movements shaped local, grassroots feminism in Washington, D.C. Rejecting notions of a universal sisterhood, Anne M. Valk argues that activists periodically worked to bridge differences for the sake of alleviating women's plight, even while maintaining distinct political bases. While most historiography on the subject tends to portray the feminist movement as deeply divided over issues of race, Valk presents a more nuanced account, showing feminists of various backgrounds both coming together to promote a notion of "sisterhood" and being deeply divided along the lines of class, race, and sexuality."
I'm reading Radical Sisters now and will share my findings in a later post.
Who's read Radical Sisters? What do you think of the book?
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