American mothers of nonviolence: Action and the politics of erasure in women's nonviolent activism

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This chapter explores the historical relationship between and dynamics among feminists and nonviolent activists in the United States, surveying three waves of feminist nonviolent mobilization and interrogating the contributions to and erasure of feminist thinking from popular nonviolence histories. The US feminist and nonviolence movements were born of the same social heart among early, nonviolent abolitionists. It was from the experience of marginalization among nonviolent women abolitionists that the US suffrage movement was born, and again, following women's activism in the civil rights and antiwar movements, second-wave feminism. The chapter examines and discusses (1) a double-standard of gendered effectiveness and invisibility among nonviolent movements, (2) a radical-feminist challenge to patriarchal tendencies in nonviolent organizing, and (3) the feminist-led transformation from a nonviolence that glorifies "self-sacrifice" to a nonviolence that values self-protection, preservation, and health in the realization of collective social justice.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication100 Years of the Nineteenth Amendment
Subtitle of host publicationAn Appraisal of Women's Political Activism
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages22
ISBN (Print)9780190265144
StatePublished - Feb 15 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • Erasure
  • Feminism
  • Invisibility
  • Nonviolence
  • Nonviolent resistance
  • Prefigurative politics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


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