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CHALLENGING NARRATIVES:The Women's Liberation Movement in Pittsburgh in the 1970s

Skoczylas, Marie Bernadette (2011) CHALLENGING NARRATIVES:The Women's Liberation Movement in Pittsburgh in the 1970s. Master's Thesis, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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In the 1960s and 1970s, a women's movement thrived in the United States. Current explanationsof the movement either privilege the equality strand, focusing on national networks andprofessional organizations, or they concentrate on the radical liberation strand in the largesturban settings in the United States. Explanations also historically locate the women's movementas a Second Wave of feminism and a product of the New Left, a reaction to gender and racialdiscrimination and earlier authoritarian practices. However, these explanations ignore local variations in the women's movement throughout the country, painting an unrepresentative picture of the movement as a whole. This study examines the women's liberation movement in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in the 1970s to challenge some dominant explanations of the movement and add another case to the literature. It compares and contrasts the complex local variations of the movement and explores the movement's origins to investigate an underlyingtheoretical connection to earlier movements for liberation. This study also examines narrativesby movement participants, demonstrating the importance of analyzing subjectivities, and theintersection of biography and history, for a more holistic understanding of collective action.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Skoczylas, Marie Bernadettembs@pitt.eduMBS
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairBlee, Kathleen Mkblee@pitt.eduKBLEE
Committee MemberBamyeh, Mohammed Amab205@pitt.eduMAB205
Committee MemberStaggenborg, Suzannesuzstagg@pitt.eduSUZSTAGG
Date: 6 June 2011
Date Type: Completion
Defense Date: 14 April 2011
Approval Date: 6 June 2011
Submission Date: 18 April 2011
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Sociology
Degree: MA - Master of Arts
Thesis Type: Master's Thesis
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Allegheny Feminist; organizing one's own; personal as political; Pittsburgh Fair Witness; Pittsburgh Radical Women's Union
Other ID:, etd-04182011-132716
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2011 19:38
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 13:40


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