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Radicals in the HeartlandThe 1960s Student Protest Movement at the University of Illinois$
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Michael V. Metz

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780252042416

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: January 2020

DOI: 10.5622/illinois/9780252042416.001.0001

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Spring/Summer ’67: Women Rising

Spring/Summer ’67: Women Rising

(p.83) Chapter 18 Spring/Summer ’67: Women Rising
Radicals in the Heartland

Michael V. Metz

University of Illinois Press

Student enrollment at the university was 2:1 male to female, as was the movement, and despite talk of equality, the campus movement was driven by white males who treated women poorly. Women spoke of their experiences in the movement and their treatment by males; SDS organizer Vivian Rothstein visited campus and raised women’s political awareness; Patsy Parker, a champion of women students’ issues, was elected first woman student-body president. A midnight women’s rally on the quad fell flat, and national SDS meetings failed to address women’s issues, while other issues such as ecology, black power, and racial justice expanded the movement’s focus.

Keywords:   Women’s liberation, second-class citizens, male domination, ecology, racial justice, Patsy Parker, Vivian Rothstein, SDS

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