Degree Year

2015

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts

Department

History

Advisor(s)

Carol Lasser

Keywords

CWLU, Chicago Womens Liberation Union, Health, Feminism

Abstract

This thesis examines the organizing projects of the Chicago Women's Liberation Union from 1969-1977. This thesis will examine the relationship between the development of socialist feminism in the central organization and in the activist health projects. While the central organization cultivated the theoretical definition of socialist feminism, the health programs put this vision into practice, and often discovered tensions between the needs of women and the theory of the organization. These tensions centrally revolved around the white middle class identities of the members of the CWLU and their broader goal of being an organization to empower all women. Ultimately, this thesis seeks to engage with the tensions between identity and politics, theory and practice that are so central to an understanding of feminist activism.

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