Divided We Stand: The Battle Over Women's Rights and Family Values That Polarized American Politics
- By Marjory Spruill
- Paperback: 448 pages
In the early 1970s, the women's rights movement enjoyed strong support and considerable success from both of the major American political parties, but it was soon challenged by a conservative women's movement that formed in opposition. Tensions between the two would explode in 1977 at the congressionally funded National Women's Conference in Houston, Texas. As Bella Abzug, Gloria Steinem, and other feminists endorsed hot-button issues such as abortion rights, the Equal Rights Amendment, and gay rights, Phyllis Schlafly and Lottie Beth Hobbs rallied with conservative women to protest federally funded feminism and launch a pro-family movement..
Divided We Stand reveals how crucial women and women's issues have been in the shaping of today's political culture. After the National Women's Conference, Democrats continued to back women's rights in cooperation with a more diverse feminist movement, while the GOP abandoned its previous support for women's rights and defined itself as the party of family values, irrevocably affecting the course of American politics.