Feminism in the ’90s
Speaking before a university audience in Montreal, Barbara Ehrenreich talks about feminism in the U.S., how it is perceived abroad, and what a just and humane vision for a new feminism might look like. According to her thesis, we are now in a post-patriarchal society in which the power of men over women in the family is diminishing. But this is not the same as women’s liberation. Realities and attitudes are changing, but we need an agenda that brings both freedom and security, not one or the other–for women and for men.
Barbara Ehrenreich is a social critic, journalist, and activist. She received a PhD in cell biology from Rockefeller University. In the 1970s, she was involved with the nascent women’s health movement. After publishing an article in Ms. magazine, she became a regular columnist there and with Mother Jones. She is the author of numerous books including such bestsellers as Nickel and Dimed, Bait and Switch, This Land is Their Land and Bright-Sided. In 2012 she founded the Economic Hardship Reporting Project, a website designed to place the crisis of poverty and economic insecurity at the center of the national political conversation.