2017 opened with a new presidency in the United States sparking women's marches across the globe. One thing was clear: feminism and feminist causes are not dead or in decline in the United States. Needed then are studies that capture the complexity of U.S. feminism. Nevertheless, They Persisted is an edited collection composed of empirical studies of the U.S. women's movement, pushing the feminist dialogue beyond literary analysis and personal reflection by using sociological and historical data. This new collection features discussions of digital and social media, gender identity, the reinvigorated anti-rape climate, while focusing on issues of diversity, inclusion, and unacknowledged privilege in the movement.
Jo Reger is professor of sociology at Oakland University in Michigan. She is the author of Everywhere and Nowhere: Contemporary Feminism in the United States (2012), the editor of Different Wavelengths: Studies of Contemporary Feminism in the United States (2005) and a co-editor of Identity Work in Social Movements (2008). Her work on the U.S. women's movements has appeared in a variety of journals including Gender & Society and Qualitative Sociology.
Acknowledgements; Introduction; Chapter 1: The Making of a March: Identity, Intersectionality and the Diffusion of U.S. Feminism - Jo Reger; Section 1: Activists; Chapter 2: Identifying with Inclusivity: Intersectional Chicana Feminisms - Fátima Suárez; Chapter 3: Already Feminists: Transfeminist Histories, Hurdles, and Futures - Miriam J. Abelson; Chapter 4: Online Feminism is Just Feminism: Offline and Online Movement Persistence - Alison Crossley; Chapter 5: The 'Man Question' in Feminism - Kelsy Kretschmer and Kristen Barber; Chapter 6: Anti-Trafficking and Feminism: Bringing in Survivors as Movement Activists - Lillian Taylor Jungleib; Section 2: Issues; Chapter 7: #FemGA #SayHerName #NotHereForBoys: Feminist Spillover in U.S. Social Movements 2011-2016 - Heather McKee Hurwitz; Chapter 8: Activism Against Sexual Assault on Campus: Origins, Opportunities, and Outcomes - Nancy Whittier; Chapter 9: The Messy Politics of Menstrual Activism - Chris Bobel and Breanne Fahs; Chapter 10: The Continuing Battle Over Abortion and Reproductive Rights - Deana A. Rohlinger and Jessi Grace; Chapter 11: Ecofeminism and Climate Justice - Corrie Grosse; Chapter 12: Women, Gender, and Feminism at Work - Allison Elias; Contributor biographies; Index