Challenge And Change: Right-Wing Women, Grassroots Activism, And The Baby Boom Generation

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A sweeping study of the distaff side of anti-communism/anti-government conspiracy politics.Eileen Boris, coeditor of The Practice of U.S. Womens History: Narratives, Intersections, and Dialogues

Benowitz shows how the conservative women of the 1950s helped to lay the foundation for the New Right.Mary C. Brennan, author of Pat Nixon: Embattled First Lady

In the mid-twentieth century, a grassroots movement of womenmostly white, middle-class, and conservativesought to shape the political, cultural, and social ideologies of the baby boomers in what they perceived was a quickly changing world poisoned by communism.

In Challenge and Change, June Melby Benowitz draws on a wide variety of primary sources to highlight the connections between the women of the Old Right, the New Right, and todays Tea Party. Through interviews, as well as through their letters to presidents, editors, and one another, Benowitz allows these women to speak for themselves. She examines the issues that stirred them to actioneducation, health, desegregation, moral corruption, war, patriotism, and the Equal Rights Amendmentand explores the development of the right-wing womens movement and its growth from the mid-twentieth into the twenty-first century.

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