Speaking from Experience: The Power of the Consciousness-Raising Group


Speaker: Janet Freedman

Time: 12:30pm - 2:00pm

Location:  Lecture Hall, Epstein Building

Contact: Rosa Di Virgilio Taormina, 781-736-8111, taormina@brandeis.edu

The small, intentional consciousness-raising (c.r.) group was a vital technique in mobilizing women's identification and activism during the emergence of the Second Wave of feminism in the late 1960s and early 1970s. What attracted women to these informal gatherings to explore the ways in which sexism functioned in their personal and political lives? What caused a phenomenon that engaged over 100,000 women during the height of its practice to wane? Is it possible that the practice of basing activism on personal experience may not have died but still occurs in analogous settings? The presenter invites audience members to speak from their own experiences of small groups.