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Sophonisba BreckinridgeChampioning Women's Activism in Modern America$
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Anya Jabour

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780252042676

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.5622/illinois/9780252042676.001.0001

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Defining Equality

Defining Equality

Fairness and Feminism

(p.142) Chapter Six Defining Equality
Sophonisba Breckinridge

Anya Jabour

University of Illinois Press

Chapter 6 explores the “equality versus difference” debate--a defining feature of feminism in modern America--through the lens of Breckinridge’s work in both the national suffrage organization, the National American Woman Suffrage Association, and its successor organization, the League of Women Voters. By exploring Breckinridge’s work with national feminist organizations during and after the suffrage struggle, this chapter highlights both women’s continuous activism and their ideological differences, especially their debate over the Equal Rights Amendment and so-called “protective legislation.”

Keywords:   Equal Rights Amendment, feminism, League of Women Voters, National American Woman Suffrage Association, protective legislation, suffrage

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