How Did Catholic Women Participate in the Rebirth of American Feminism?

Abstract

         In the second half of the twentieth century, thousands of American Catholic women participated in the movement for women's rights and women's liberation. By the 1970s, many of these feminist women of faith chose to direct their activism through specifically Catholic feminist organizations which together formed a distinctive Catholic feminist movement in the United States. This project examines historical documents from this movement. In addition to illustrating the unique contributions of Catholic feminists to "second-wave" feminism, these documents reveal women's efforts to reconcile dual commitments to feminist ideals and Catholic faith tradition.

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