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Yale Needs Women


How the First Group of Girls Rewrote the Rules of an Ivy League Giant
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Have you read any of the books mentioned by the author? Were there books on feminism or women’s history that inspired you as a young adult? Are there any books you recommend similar to Yale Needs Women?

Created: 06/24/21

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davinamw

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Have you read any of the books mentioned by the author? Were there books on feminism or women’s history that inspired you as a young adult? Are there any books you recommend similar to Yale Needs Women?

Perkins cites several influential books on feminism and sexuality that the Yale women may have read, such as Our Bodies, Ourselves, Kate Millett’s Sexual Politics, Toni Cade Bambara’s The Black Woman, and others. Have you read any of those mentioned, and if so, what did you think of them? Were there any other books on feminism or women’s history that inspired you as a young adult? Are there any books you recommend that have a theme similar to that in Yale Needs Women?


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acstrine

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RE: Have you read any of the books ...

I have made a list of books to read from the author's bibliography. As I mentioned on another question thread, I am very interested in hearing from other's about books on this topic.

One book that I have read recently that I would highly recommend is Hood Feminism. I read that right before I read Fleishman is in Trouble. I mention that here because there was a very long article written about Fleishman and how it's message is that maybe women haven't come as far as we think we have. (bookhttps://themillions.com/2020/02/modern-feminisms-big-lie-on-fleishman-is-in-trouble.html)

What I really think is that there is huge disconnect among women about what feminism is and how we advocate for ALL of US. In FIIT, the main character is a very wealthy white woman, who has none of the worries or fears or problems affecting women that the author of Hood Feminism discusses.


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marianned

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RE: Have you read any of the books ...

I read a couple of the books mentioned back in the 1970s but can’t remember which ones. Another book I mentioned elsewhere is “Rebels in White Gloves,” which was written about the Wellesley class of 1969 in context of the ‘60-‘70s. It’s important to remember that anything written about Yale and Wellesley or any of the Ivy League and Seven Sister schools are primarily about the financially well to do. Back then, feminism was a luxury for those whose families could not make ends meet. Thanks for the recommendation of Hood, acstrine. I own it but haven’t started it yet.


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