By Ronnee Schreiber
After we think about women's activism in the United States, figures akin to Gloria Steinem and Betty Friedan always come to mind--those liberal doyennes who've fought for years to chip away at patriarchy and accomplish gender equality. yet women's pursuits aren't synonymous with companies like NOW anymore. As Ronnee Schreiber exhibits, the conservative ascendancy that started within the Reagan period has been followed by way of the emergence of a broad-based conservative women's move. And whereas firebrands like Ann Coulter and Phyllis Schlafly could be the public face of rightwing women's activism, a handful of enormous and demonstrated women's companies have confirmed to be the simplest promoters of the conservative time table. Righting Feminism exhibits that one of many key--albeit overlooked--developments in political activism because the Eighties has been the emergence of conservative women's enterprises. It makes a speciality of the main well-liked of those teams, involved girls for the USA and the autonomous Women's discussion board, to bare how they're utilizing feminist rhetoric for conservative ends: outlawing abortion, proscribing pornography, and bolstering the conventional kin. yet paradoxically, those firms face a paradox: to strive against the legacy of feminism--particularly its attract the vast majority of American women--they needs to use the rhetoric of women's empowerment. certainly, Schreiber amply illustrates how conservative activists are usually the beneficiaries of the very feminist politics they oppose. but simply as importantly, she demolishes generally believed truisms: that conservatism holds no attract girls and that smooth conservatism is adverse to the very concept of women's activism. in keeping with quite a few interviews with colourful conservative activists and huge analyses of organizational records, Righting Feminism bargains a brand new method of knowing the not going intersection of women's activism and conservative politics in the USA this day.