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    Barbara Seaman: September 11, 1935–February 27, 2008
    (Jewish Women's Archive, 2021-06-23) Baumgardner, Jennifer
    An article on the life and career of Barbara Seaman, who was a major and pioneering figure in the Second Wave of the women's movement. Her primary focus was on women's health. She fought against the mass prescription of hormone replacement therapy and the high dose birth control pill. her 1969 book, "he Doctors’ Case Against the Pill," prompted Senate hearings on the safety of the birth control pill. She was a pioneer of the "feminist health movement," at a time when "advocated informed consent and patient rights at a time when men (doctors, husbands, legislators, and religious leaders) made decisions about women’s bodies." Her lifelong commitment was to empower women to advocate for themselves with male doctors. Click on the link to read the article.
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    Protest against child labor in a labor parade
    (Bain News Service. Published in: American women : a Library of Congress guide for the study of women's history and culture in the United States / edited by Sheridan Harvey ... [et al.]. Washington : Library of Congress, 2001, p. 347, 1909-05-01) Bain News Service
    "Photograph shows half-length portrait of two girls wearing banners with slogan 'ABOLISH CH[ILD] SLAVERY!!' in English and Yiddish, one carrying American flag; spectators stand nearby. Probably taken during May 1, 1909 labor parade in New York City." --Library of Congress. Click on the icon below to access the photograph.
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    Todd Gitlin, 1943–2022
    (Dissent Magazine, 2022-02-07) Editors of Dissent Magazine
    Tributes to the activist, scholar, writer and president in the 1960s of Students for a Democratic Society, Todd Gitlin, who died in February 2022 in Dissent Magazine, for which he was a longstanding member of the editorial board. Various writers who were friends and colleagues discuss his career as an activist and social critic. Click on the link above to read the article.
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    The Vagina Monologues Performed by Eve Ensler
    (YouTube, 2014-06-18) Ensler, Eve
    A set of 10 YouTube videos of Eve Ensler performing "The Vagina Monologues." Click on the link above to watch the videos. For a discussion of the role and impact of "The Vagina Monologues," see the first link below. To read an article based on an interview with Ensler, click on the second link below.
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    The Eve Ensler Monologue
    (Jewish Women's Archive, 2017-11-20) Rosman, Josephine
    This article is about Eve Ensler's most famous play, "The Vagina Monologues," which was based on a series of interviews Ensler conducted with women about their attitudes toward their vaginas, their bodies and their sexuality. The play, which has been performed internationally in dozens of languages, has become part of the feminist movement. It gives voice to a wide variety of women and serves as a means for women to combat sexual violence. Click on the link above to read the article. For a discussion of an interview with Eve Ensler in "The Froward," click on the first link below. To see "The Vagina Monologues" performed by Eve Ensler, click on the second link below.