Title: Building and Maintaining Feminist Institutions in Gainesville during the 1970s : A Historical Analysis
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Title: Building and Maintaining Feminist Institutions in Gainesville during the 1970s : A Historical Analysis
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Language: English
Creator: Adams, Leila
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Subject: Feminism -- Florida -- Gainesville   ( lcsh )
Feminists -- Florida -- Gainesville   ( lcsh )
Women -- Social conditions -- Florida -- Gainesville   ( lcsh )
Women -- History -- Florida -- Gainesville   ( lcsh )
Spatial Coverage: United States -- Florida -- Alachua -- Gainesville
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Building and Maintaining Feminist Institutions in Gainesville during the 1970s:

An Historical Analysis

Leila Adams
Ronald E. McNair Scholar




Outline


Methodology


Study


Significance


Terms/Existing Scholarship


Conclusions


New Research Questions








Methodology


7 oral histories from movement participants



20 issues of WomaNews



Other archives:
The Iguana


The Independent Florida Alligator


The Gainesville Sun









Feminist Institutions in Gainesville


1974 Rape Information Crisis Service



1974 Gainesville Womens Health Center



1975 Womens Center
Womanstore


WomaNews


Breakthrough









Significance


First five cities to develop a Womens Liberation Group between 1967 and 1968



Under-studied Giardina1967-1970



Contribute to social movement and feminist theory



Better understand the nature of feminist institutions






Defining Feminist Institution


Estelle Freeman: a separatist political strategy



Grassroots organization founded and operated by women for the purpose of serving womens political interests



Operates independently from men and resources provided by men to ensure complete woman control






Criticism of the Term Feminist Institution


Patricia Yancey Martin

an ideal type that is largely unattainable










Broadening the term Feminist Institution


Steven Buechlercontinuum




Bureaucratic
Ex: NOW
Peaceful Paths

Collectivist
Ex: Redstockings
Rape Information Crisis Service
Gainesville Womens Health Center
Womens Center





Conclusions


Feminist Institutions are not largely unattainablebut are difficult to maintain. As a result, they tend to move towards bureaucracy, while rarely moving towards collectivism.



Closing as Strategy not Failure: Feminist Institutions close to preserve themselves and reopen at more favorable times.
Womanstore/Amelias/Wild Iris






Feminist Institutions can receive outside funding and still maintain woman control.
Womens Center/WomaNews/Wild Iris









Future Research


1970 1973 and 1983 present



Investigate cross-racial alliances in the movement: Collaboration or Conflict?



Investigate the economic difficulties lesbian couples faced as business partners in founding institutions.







Special Thanks


Ronald E. McNair Undergraduate Research Program.



Dr. Trysh Travis, UF Center for Womens Studies and Gender Research.



Radical women still living in or near Gainesville, Florida.






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