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Big Sister: Feminism, Conservatism, and Conspiracy in the Heartland

Erin M. Kempker


This book maps the interplay of conservative and feminist women in Indiana during the second half of the twentieth century and proposes an alternative framework for understanding the second wave feminist movement. The central theme is that rightwing women’s understanding of one-worldism--a conspiracy theory refined by grassroots anticommunists during the height of the Cold War--shaped conservative women’s response to the second wave feminist movement and circumscribed feminist activism. Over the course of the postwar era, anticommunist organizations like the Minute Women of the U.S.A., Pro Ame ... More

Keywords: women, political activity, United States history, twentieth century, conspiracy, Indiana, Conservatism, Feminism, second wave feminism, midwestern studies, Cold War, anticommunism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780252041976
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: May 2019 DOI:10.5622/illinois/9780252041976.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Erin M. Kempker, author
Mississippi University for Women