Feminist Revolution: From the 1970s to #MeToo

Feminism has found a new voice in the post-#MeToo world, though the power of the current movement remains deeply connected to its history of revolt. Bonnie Morris’ new book, The Feminist Revolution, traces the path back through the decades to tell the stories of the radical women who fought, created, and united in the late 20th century struggle for equal rights, blazing the way for the intersectional feminism of today.

Bonnie Morris Portrait
Bonnie Morris

Morris will discuss her book on Friday, Sept. 21, 4-6 p.m. at the Lory Student Center Grand Ballroom. The event is free and open to the public. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis; no registration or tickets required. A book signing and sale will follow her presentation, which is co-sponsored by Semester At Sea and Morgan Library’s Freidman Feminists Press Collection.

Morris, who lectures on women’s history at Berkeley and Stanford universities, has taught history for more than 30 years, primarily at Georgetown and George Washington universities. In spring 2019, she’ll bring her expertise to her third Semester at Sea voyage. The award-winning author of 16 books, she has spoken on C-SPAN, received fan mail from Michelle Obama, and worked on feminist archives for the Smithsonian and the Library of Congress.

In The Feminist Revolution, Morris pays sweeping tribute to the cultural and political actors of second-wave feminism: from groundbreaking women’s publishing houses to the youth-driven movement in the music industry; from activism in the home to the workplace – and the streets — for a comprehensive overview of 20th century feminism and the legacy it leaves.

The Freidman Feminists Press Collection, housed in Morgan Library’s Archives & Special Collections, provides original sources in feminist/lesbian literature and second-wave feminism, along with multi-genre works of fiction, poetry, memoirs, and essays by feminist publishers of the 1970s and ’80s that brought women and women’s words out into the world.

Learn more at the Morgan Library website.