Backlash: The Undeclared War against American Women Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. What is the purpose of the book <i>Backlash: The Undeclared War against American Women</i>?

This book details how politicians, journalists, clergy, business leaders, physicians, and the legal profession in the 1980s blame feminism of the late 1960s and early 1970s for all the evil in contemporary society and systematically use popular culture to put women psychologically and physically back in their "proper" place.

2. On the issue of women's liberation and equality, compare the perspective of politicians, journalists, and business leaders versus those of women.

On the issue of women's liberation and equality, politicians, journalists, and business leaders make the claim that women, having come of age, need no more help advancing. According to Faludi, however, women "have never been more miserable." Surveys show that an overwhelming majority of women do not feel liberated or equal. They need equal pay, equal opportunity, an Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), the right to abortion, maternity leave, and decent childcare.

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