Ms. and the material girls : perceptions of women from the 1970s through the 1990s

by Gourley, Catherine, 1950-

Format: Print Book 2008
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Northland Public Library Children's Nonfiction J 305.4 G74 v.5
Location  Northland Public Library
 
Collection  Children's Nonfiction
 
Call Number  J 305.4 G74 v.5
 
 
Summary
Who were the women who called themselves ''Ms.'' and who were the Material Girls? They weren't specific individuals, but rather symbols that defined perceptions of women during the 1970s through the 1990s. the term Ms. was adopted by feminists-- women who believed in equal pay for equal work, freedom from sexual harassment, and equal employment opportunities. the Material Girls wanted all this and more. They wanted to be wild, sexy, and outrageously fashionable--a modern version of their flapper sisters of decades earlier. and they also wanted control over their own lives--the kind of control that could only be achieved through money and power. Ms. and the Material Girls walked different paths but together brought about major changes for women. When these women and girls asked themselves, ''Who do I want to become?'' media provided great influence. Magazines, television, and movies stressed women's liberation while still promoting femininity and fashions. Rock music mocked society's materialistic ways. and newscasts showed women speaking out and taking control. Learn more about the images and issues that framed perceptions about women in these tumultuous decades.
Contents
Prologue: The women's strike for equality, August 26, 1970
Who took the "r" out of "Mrs."?
Bionic women and real-life heroines
From denial to indulgence : the body obsession
The material world, or welcome to the 1980s
Guerrilla girls and other militant females march into the 1990s
Epilogue: The girl power revolution.

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Series Images and issues of women in the twentieth century ; v. 5.
Subjects Women in popular culture -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Women in mass media -- History -- 20th century.
Feminism -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Publisher Minneapolis, MN :Twenty-First Century Books,2008
Language English
Description 144 pages : illustrations ; 27 cm.
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 135-141) and index.
ISBN 9780822568063 (lib. bdg. : alk. paper)
0822568063 (lib. bdg. : alk. paper)
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