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By Diane Bell

Showing radical feminist research cuts throughout classification, race, sexuality, sector, and faith, the various individuals during this assortment show the worldwide achieve of radical feminism and learn the motives and suggestions to patriarchal oppression.

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Education per se has not cut them off from their roots: working-class values still resonate. A corollary to the diversity of standpoints is that radical feminists are not single-issue feminists. It would simplify all our lives, not to mention our careers, if we were dealing in single issues, but we know from the nineteenth-century struggle for suffrage and the US women’s struggle to pass the ERA in the 1970s and 80s of the dangers of having all one’s eggs in one basket Women’s history, as Joan Hoff points out, is a critical component of developing a consciousness about the ways in which knowledge has been politicised and women written out of historical scripts.

Pauline Bart’s defiant narrative about the University of Illinois and Ellen Travis discussing Somer Brodribb’s bizarre saga illustrate this all too well. Or, as Uta Enders-Dragässer and Brigitte Sellach argue, when your research is dismissed as narrow-minded and unprofessional, as happened to German educationalists, feminists are also silenced. The insidiousness of such practices is that they are not about men versus women, but about the power of patriarchy to co-opt, silence and make complicit.

They have found ways to build coalitions despite the dilemmas of speaking as Maori, lesbian and German. These complex undertakings demand finding ways of overcoming the strictures of the dominant culture while remaining faithful to one’s own experience. Collaborative work requires dedication, but it can also be exciting as Cathie Dunsford, Beryl Fletcher and Susan Sayer demonstrate through their exchange about writing, editing, and publishing. The work of such women offers glimpses of the quality of knowledge that might be generated through co-operation rather than conflict.

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