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Watching Women's Liberation, 1970: Feminism's Pivotal Year on the Network News

Bonnie J. Dow


In 1970, ABC, CBS, and NBC—the “Big Three” of the pre-cable television era—discovered the feminist movement. From the famed sit-in at Ladies' Home Journal to multi-part feature stories on the movement's ideas and leaders, nightly news broadcasts covered feminism more than in any year before or since, bringing women's liberation into American homes. This book uses case studies of key media events to delve into the ways national TV news mediated the emergence of feminism's second wave. First legitimized as a big story by print media, the feminist movement gained broadcast attention as the networ ... More

Keywords: feminist movement, feminism, women's liberation, national media, mainstream

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780252038563
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017 DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252038563.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Bonnie J. Dow, author
Vanderbilt University