Radical Feminists
A Guide to an American Subculture
by Paul D. Buchanan
July 2011, 169pp, 6 1/8x9 1/4
1 volume, Greenwood

Hardcover: 978-1-59884-356-9
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Have we come a long way? It has been more than 40 years since the Radical Feminist Movement emerged to demand equal rights for American women. How effective has that movement been? This book offers a deeper understanding of the movement, its goals, and of the trailblazers who fought to change the male-dominated status quo.

This timely new book explores the formation of the Radical Feminist Movement of the 1960s and 1970s, its prominent leaders and organizations, and the issues it sought to address.

Radical Feminists: A Guide to an American Subculture provides a current, comprehensive introduction to the Radical Feminists of the 1960s and 1970s, familiarizing readers with the individuals, organizations, actions, and philosophies that comprised this now-historic movement.

Of course, the feminists of the 1960s and 1970s stood on the shoulders of the crusaders who came before. Thus, the book looks at important historical events that paved the way for Radical Feminism, also examining the influence of the Women’s Suffrage, Civil Rights, and New Left Movements. Specific social and political issues that concerned the Radical Feminists are explored, including sexuality, sex roles, contraception, and abortion; equal opportunity; feminism in the media; and women in leadership. Finally, the work scrutinizes the fate of the Radical Feminists and their legacy, discussing how their work affected the women’s movement overall and how it affects the women—and men—of today.


  • Biographical profiles of prominent individuals and organizations involved in Radical Feminism
  • A primary documents section, highlighting important works from the Radical Feminist era
  • Photographs and illustrations
  • Tables and sidebars
  • Timelines of the Radical Feminist era and its historical precedents
  • A glossary defining terms pertinent to Radical Feminism
Paul D. Buchanan is a professional social worker and licensed counselor with an MA degree in counseling and an MFT license. His published works include Famous Animals of the States: True-to-Life Tales of the Most Unusual Beasts of the 50 States, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia; Historic Places of Worship: Stories of 51 Extraordinary American Religious Sites since 1300; Race Relations in the United States: A Chronology, 1896-2005; and The American Women's Rights Movement: A Chronology of Events and of Opportunities from 1600-2008.


"In this contribution to Greenwood's Guides to Subcultures and Countercultures series, Buchanan, a professional social worker and licensed counselor, provides a guide to the radical feminism movement of the 1960s–70s. . . . Recommended."—Choice, January 1, 2012
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