This discussion forum continues our study of many of the broad historical themes that we explored in depth in module 3. We will look particularly at:
How issues of equality came to be articulated across the many differing eras of the 20th century as well as among differing factions of women that emerged in these time periods.
How women’s work was defined and redefined through the 1920s, the Great Depression, World War II, and through the alternating conservative and activist eras of the 1950s through 1990s.
How the movement for women’s rights evolved through the 1960s through 1990s, growing increasingly global in scope.
Please create at least three posts based on the following prompts:
For the first post, on redefining equality:
Read the assigned chapters in Through Women’s Eyes, paying particular attention to the primary source documents on “Beauty Culture Between the Wars” (chapter 9), “Television’s Prescription for Women” (chapter 10), and “Women’s Liberation” (chapter 11). Also, review the sections entitled A Mass Movement for Civil Rights (chapter 10) and Diversity, Race and Feminism (chapter 11).
Create a post of 250 words that outlines:
At least two different views of equality that were expressed in these readings in different decades.
At least two different conflicting women’s viewpoints that emerged between the 1920s and 1990s in the United States.
Compare at least one of your classmates’ posts in which the descriptions of views of equality and/or conflicting women’s viewpoints that differ from what you described.
References: DuBois, Ellen Carol, Lynn Dumenil, and Sharla M. Fett. Through Women’s Eyes: an American History: with Documents. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2019.