Anti-Feminism topic of March 31 talk

“Women Against Women: the Origins of Anti-Feminism” is the topic of a brown bag presentation Wednesday, March 31 talk at 11:30 a.m. in CMU 205. History Professor Paul Harris and MLA graduate student Travis Barrows, will lead the discussion.

Men may have led opposition to the women’s suffrage movement, but once the Nineteenth Amendment was ratified, giving women the right to vote, it became clear that many women were also opposed to feminism. The anti-feminist movement among women in the 1920s raises questions of continuing relevance (think Sarah Palin). Why do some women feel threatened by the efforts of other women to assert women’s rights? What dire consequences do they foresee if women forsake their traditional roles? Is there any rational basis for their anti-feminism? Everyone welcome.