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Bachelor of Arts




“Radical feminism recognizes the oppression of women as a fundamental political oppression wherein women are categorized as an inferior class based upon their sex. It is the aim of radical feminism to organize politically to destroy this sex class system.”

This excerpt, from the opening lines of the New York Radical Feminists’ 1969 “Politics of the Ego,” is indicative of the idealism that American radical feminists placed at the base of their young movement. Drawing on the legacy of the suffrage movement and the contemporary politics of the New Left, radical feminists envisioned a revolution that would forge a universal sisterhood and liberate all women from the structural constraints of gender.