From the ‘Radical Women’s Press’ to the Digital Age: Subversive Networks of Feminism in the United States

Stevenson, Ana ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4858-1073 (2020) From the ‘Radical Women’s Press’ to the Digital Age: Subversive Networks of Feminism in the United States. In: From Sit-Ins to #Revolutions: Media and the Changing Nature of Protests. Bloomsbury Academic, New York, pp. 51-64. ISBN 978-1-5013-3695-9


Abstract

The new media of the digital age has contributed to increasing feminist activity in the twenty-first century and is perceived as an enabling tool for social movements. As media scholar Aristea Fotopoulou (2016: 41) observes: ‘Social and cultural imaginaries of technology and women have long been strong drives for visions and promises of a “networked feminism”.’ Before the internet, however, women’s activism was linked by other emergent communications technologies. As early as the 1850s, what Ann Russo and Cheris Kramarae (1991) describe as the ‘radical women’s press’ developed from the emerging women’s rights movement. Historian Amy Erdman Farrell (1998: 3) describes Ms. magazine as a ‘movement’ unto itself during the 1970s. Knowledge of these earlier subversive networks is central for understanding the meaning and impact of feminist networks in the digital age.


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Date Deposited: 29 Mar 2022 23:25
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Uncontrolled Keywords: women's history, United States history, print culture, digital culture, feminism, social movements
Fields of Research (2020): 43 HISTORY, HERITAGE AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 4303 Historical studies > 430312 Histories of race
43 HISTORY, HERITAGE AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 4303 Historical studies > 430321 North American history
43 HISTORY, HERITAGE AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 4303 Historical studies > 430309 Gender history
Socio-Economic Objectives (2020): 13 CULTURE AND SOCIETY > 1307 Understanding past societies > 130706 Understanding the past of the Americas
13 CULTURE AND SOCIETY > 1302 Communication > 130204 The media
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/47477

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