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Creator: The Second Wave: A Magazine of the New Feminism.
Title:The Second Wave: A Magazine of the New Feminism records
Dates:n.d., 1971-1984
Call Number:M19
Location:71/1
Volume:0.90 cubic ft. (3 boxes)
Scope and Content Abstract:The records of The Second Wave were donated as a part of the Women's Movement Archives, by the Cambridge-based Women's Center in November 1997. Included are the administrative files and artwork of the magazine as well as a issues of The Second Wave Magazine from 1971-1983.
Historical Abstract:The Second Wave: A Magazine for the New Feminism was produced by the Boston-based organization Female Liberation. The magazine was produced solely by women for a female readership. In February 1974, Female Liberation disbanded as a result of conflicts between members who belonged to the Socialist Workers Party and the majority who did not. The Second Wave was the only Female Liberation publication to continue after the parent organization dissolved. The Second Wave was based on ideological conflict, which helps explain why the collective members refused to define the magazine within any feminist party context. The magazine published poetry, stories, graphics, and articles that expressed a wide range of feminist viewpoints. Through this variety of literary media women showed both the pleasure and struggle in the discovery of feminism, providing a comprehensive and intelligent look at the spectrum of ideas in the women's movement.
Arrangement:Arranged in one alphabetical sequence.
Subjects and Contributors:
  • The Second Wave
  • Women's Educational Center (Cambridge, Mass.)
  • Female Liberation, Inc.

  • Feminist literary criticism
  • Feminism -- Periodicals
  • Women -- Periodicals
  • Women's rights
  • Women's periodicals, American

Restrictions:The collection is unrestricted.
Processor:Finding aid prepared by Ken Risley, December 1997