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Making Sense of American Liberalism$
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Jonathan Bell and Timothy Stanley

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780252036866

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252036866.001.0001

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Liberal Feminism and the Reshaping of the New Deal Order

Liberal Feminism and the Reshaping of the New Deal Order

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(p.202) 9 Liberal Feminism and the Reshaping of the New Deal Order
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Making Sense of American Liberalism
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Susan M. Hartmann

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University of Illinois Press
DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252036866.003.0010

This chapter addresses the view that liberals have failed to marry the demands of identity- and class-based politics. It argues that in the 1970s, liberals built a powerful alliance between feminists and New Deal-style economic reforms that expanded the Democratic coalition and continues to exert influence upon it today. Although feminists failed in many of their symbolic or legal goals—particularly in the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment or federal funding for abortion—they succeeded in passing legislation that vastly improved the lives of homemakers and women workers. The chapter maintains that, surely, incorporation of gender issues into the liberal agenda contributed to the rise of a conservative countermovement, but without equal rights, the universal promise of New Deal economics would remain empty.

Keywords:   liberal feminism, identity-based politics, feminists, New Deal, economic reforms, Democratic coalition, Equal Rights Amendment, abortion, gender issues

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