Building and Maintaining Feminist Institutions in Gainesville during the 1970s:
An Historical Analysis
Ronald E. McNair Scholar
New Research Questions
7 oral histories from movement participants
20 issues of WomaNews
The Independent Florida Alligator
The Gainesville Sun
Feminist Institutions in Gainesville
1974 Rape Information Crisis Service
1974 Gainesville Womens Health Center
1975 Womens Center
First five cities to develop a Womens Liberation Group between 1967 and 1968
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
Rape Information Crisis Service
Gainesville Womens Health Center
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.
Feminist Institutions can receive outside funding and still maintain woman control.
Womens Center/WomaNews/Wild Iris
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.
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.