“…they were fun times, and difficult times….” ~Margie Sved
Deciding that their consciousnesses had been raised enough, graduate school students and young adults created institutions to support themselves in ways that were previously unavailable. In the beginning, these by-women-for-women initiatives relied upon volunteers who gave endless hours to found and sustain their many projects. Later, many of projects institutionalized to provide for a more secure future. These grassroots based institutions gave women a forum to take control of their bodies and their lives, as they made their own decisions and shunned the previously prescribed roles for women. In some instances, differences in class, age, sex, race, and sexual orientation created a hurdle that was too high to clear. In other cases, fighting together for a better tomorrow allowed people to come together despite their differences. Though the movement was for women’s rights, it did not pit all women against all men for a battle of the sexes type of struggle.
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