Consciousness raising


Consciousness raising (also called awareness raising) is a form of activism, popularized by United States feminists in the late 1960s. It often takes the form of a group of people attempting to focus the attention of a wider group on some cause or condition.  … Consciousness raising groups were formed by New York Radical Women, an early Women’s Liberation group in New York City, and quickly spread throughout the United States. In November 1967, a group including Shulamith Firestone, Anne Koedt, Kathie Sarachild (originally Kathie Amatniek), and Carol Hanisch began meeting in Koedt’s apartment. Meetings often involved ‘going around the room and talking’ about issues in their own lives. … On Thanksgiving 1968, Kathie Sarachild presented A Program for Feminist Consciousness Raising, at the First National Women’s Liberation Conference near Chicago, Illinois, in which she explained the principles behind consciousness-raising, and outlined a program for the process that the New York groups had developed over the past year. Groups founded by former members of New York Radical Women—in particular Redstockings, founded out of the breakup of the NYRW in 1969, and New York Radical Feminists—promoted consciousness raising and distributed mimeographed sheets of suggesting topics for consciousness raising group meetings. New York Radical Feminists organized neighborhood-based c.r. groups in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens, involving as many as four hundred women in c.r. groups at its peak. Over the next few years, small-group consciousness raising spread rapidly in cities and suburbs throughout the United States. By 1971, the Chicago Women’s Liberation Union, which had already organized several consciousness raising groups in Chicago, described small consciousness raising groups as ‘the backbone of the Women’s Liberation Movement’. …”
Wikipedia
Raise My Consciousness
Ladies Home Journal Sit-in
Sudsofloppen: Consciousness-Raising and the Small Group as Free Space (Audio)
An Experiment: Feminist Creative Consciousness Raising

from Trying to Make the Personal Political: Feminism and Consciousness-Raising

About 1960s: Days of Rage

Bill Davis - 1960s: Days of Rage
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