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The Trouble between UsAn Uneasy History of White and Black Women in the Feminist Movement$
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Winifred Breines

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195179040

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195179040.001.0001

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Learning about Racism: White Socialist Feminism and Bread and Roses

Learning about Racism: White Socialist Feminism and Bread and Roses

(p.79) 3 Learning about Racism: White Socialist Feminism and Bread and Roses
The Trouble between Us

Winifred Breines (Contributor Webpage)

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Rejecting male sexism in the primarily youthful white antiwar and new left movements, radical white women left to build their own autonomous movement, feminism. Socialist feminists, like Bread and Roses in Boston, were anticapitalist and antiracist, and hoped to build an interracial movement. They tried to organize working class and women of color but were not successful. Starting from a position of abstract anti-racism, white women learned, primarily from women of color, how race and class shaped gender. While they had originally believed that sisterhood is powerful and that gender is an overriding category, they learned that solidarity between women of different races and classes was not as simple as it appeared.

Keywords:   sexism, autonomous women's movement, socialist feminism, Boston, abstract anti-racism, gender

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