A Kind of Memo (1965)

Date, Defining the Enemy, Patriarchy, Subjectives of Refusal, Women

Widely regarded as one of the first documents of the emerging feminist movement, this essay by Casey Haden and Mary King reflects the experiences that they had as volunteers in the Students Non-Violent Coordinating Committee during the Civil Rights Movement. Haden and King parallel treatment of women to treatment of African Americans, noting the similarity between hierarchies based on sex and hierarchies based on caste, but also noting that the challenges faced by women are complicated by the fact that they are not institutionalized by law, and women cannot withdraw from the system.

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