Parnassus Books is happy to welcome Rory Dicker as she discusses and signs A History of U.S. Feminisms.
Feminism has recently become a pop-culture buzzword, but how many people actually know its beginnings? There are movements in feminism called waves, but what exactly are these “waves?” And how has the definition and goals of feminism changed as society has changed?
Thoroughly updated and expanded, the second edition of A History of U.S. Feminisms is a thought-provoking, concise text that provides answers to all the questions we might ask regarding the feminist movement and its history. As the coeditor of Catching a Wave: Reclaiming Feminism for the 21st Century and a professor of Women’s and Gender Studies at Vanderbilt University, Dicker’s thorough understanding of the feminist movement and engaging style deftly guides readers through this popular and often misunderstood subject.
In A History of U.S. Feminisms, Dicker provides historical context of all the major feminist events and figures from the late nineteenth century through today, including:
• first-wave feminism: a period of feminist activity during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries which focused primarily on gaining women's suffrage
• second-wave feminism: a period which started in the ’60s and lasted through the ’80s and emphasized the connection between the personal and the political.
• third-wave feminism: a period which started in the early ’90s and is best exemplified by its focus on diversity, intersectionality, queer theory, and sex-positivity.
Rory Dicker is the Director of the Margaret Cuninggim Women’s Center at Vanderbilt University. A native of New York State, Dicker earned a bachelor of arts from the Johns Hopkins University, where she majored in English and minored in French. After completing her PhD in English at Vanderbilt, she taught at Westminster College in Missouri for several years before returning to Vanderbilt to teach, mainly in the Women’s and Gender Studies program, where she was Associate Director for four years.