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Firestone, Shulamith

  • By: Shelley Zipora Reuter
  • In: Encyclopedia of Motherhood
  • Edited by: Andrea O'Reilly
  • Subject:Sociology of Gender, Parenting, Maternal Health

Radical feminist theorist, activist, and artist, Shulamith Firestone was born in 1945 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Though she eventually disengaged from feminist group politics, Firestone was a key figure in the emergence of the second wave women's movement. She cofounded several American feminist organizations, including its first women's liberation group in 1967, the Chicago West side feminists; as well as Radical Women, also in 1967; Redstockings in 1969; and the New York Radical Feminists that same year. She has also published several key texts, including Notes From the First Year: Women's Liberation (edited with Anne Koedt, 1968), Redstocking (1969), Notes From the Second Year: Radical Feminism (with Koedt, 1970), Notes From the Third Year: Women's Liberation (with Koedt, 1971), and Airless Spaces (1998), a book ...

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