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Don't Blame UsSuburban Liberals and the Transformation of the Democratic Party$
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Lily Geismer

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780691157238

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691157238.001.0001

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No One Home to Answer the Phone

No One Home to Answer the Phone

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(p.227) 9 No One Home to Answer the Phone
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Don't Blame Us
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Lily Geismer

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Princeton University Press
DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691157238.003.0010

This chapter looks at the growth of suburban feminism as a means to consider the persistence of certain elements of suburban liberal activism and ideology in a changed political and economic climate. The increasing wedding of feminism with suburban politics had key trade-offs for the larger cause of women's equality. The sensibility and organizing strategies of suburban liberal politics were both crucial to the success of several campaigns, especially the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). The pivot also helped the movement further earn the notice and attention of politicians eager to win suburban votes. Yet the relationship hardened the middle-class orientation of second-wave feminism and elevated class-blind and consumerist ideas of choice.

Keywords:   suburban feminism, feminism, suburban politics, women's equality, second-wave feminism, suburban liberal activism, Equal Rights Amendment

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