Sisterhood Is Powerful

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ISBN-13: 978-0394705392
ISBN-10: 0394705394
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 602 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Books (September 12, 1970)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0394705394
  • ISBN-13: 978-0394705392
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 4.2 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #894,428 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Robin Orlowski on August 17, 2000
Format: Paperback
When first published in 1970, this book was a manifesto for a generation of women. Although it has not been updated since, it demonstrates how far we've come and what is the next step for women. Uneven style and tone of writing give this unquestionable realness not often found in more contemporary feminist anthologies.
To read this book is to spiral back in time to a place where information on borth control was hard to obtain, abortion was a back alley reality, equal pay for equal work was never enforced, sexual harassment (which is not mentioned) rape and assault were life's little dirty secrets, and title IX was not yet reality.
If the text often seems frenzied and uncompromising, remember what all they were up against. Sexism had been so entrenched, both laws and culture needed to be chaged. Socialization plays a big part in sexism.
Lest such derogatory attitudes be assigned to the domininant society, a couple of groups in the counterculture are also faulted as well. These unenlightened attitudes in SDS and SNCC often formed the impetus for the women's liberation movement, although there was some genuine equality between the sexes within various chapters.
Unfortunately, this was the exception to the rule. Groups that understood the evils of violence and subordination made light of rape and assault when directed at women.The advent of the pill meant women who did not want to sleep with their comrades had severe hangups.
The women's liberation movement was instrumental (to a greater extent than early mainstream groups) in identifying and naming sexual self determination and violence against women.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By M. A. Durlak on June 11, 2007
Format: Paperback
I was lucky enough to read this book when it came out; it was assigned reading for an "Intro to Feminism" class. It's hard now to remember how different the workplace/culture/homelife/sexual mores in the U.S. were when this book was written. At the time, I lent it to a couple of friends; one returned it saying, "Don't give this book to a woman who's having trouble with her marriage." The ideas, and the possibilities, were too disturbing.

Invaluable snapshot of American culture circa 1970.
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I was so happy to come across this book. It was written the year I was born. So it's 45 years old. But, some classics are just as relevant now as the day they were written. "Sisterhood is Powerful" will always be a timely message. I can't wait to dive into this treasured piece of literature! :-)
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Andrea Lavigne on March 8, 2014
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Consistent with Radical Feminism that I need to know about. Other's need to know more, too, so one book out of many.
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