Social Movements and Urban Space
This chapter reviews the Second Wave as one among many social movements that altered the use of urban space. New spatial institutions had become a hallmark of the Second Wave; creating them was a practice feminists inherited from US social movements that preceded them. Throughout US history, for example, the rights of women and the rights of blacks have been closely linked. The suffrage movement had roots in nineteenth-century abolitionism similar to those that the mid-twentieth-century Second Wave shared with the civil rights movement. Turn-of-the-twentieth-century suffrage, settlement house, and temperance movements, all connected by women’s activism (or volunteerism, as it was called then), had symbolic and spatial implications. Meaningful spaces, both religious and secular, sheltered disenfranchised groups while they gained the momentum to fight for their rights.
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