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Constructive FeminismWomen's Spaces and Women's Rights in the American City$
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Daphne Spain

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780801453199

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801453199.001.0001

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After the Second Wave

After the Second Wave

Necessary Spaces

(p.168) Chapter 6 After the Second Wave
Constructive Feminism

Daphne Spain

Cornell University Press

This chapter proposes that feminist places like those created by the Second Wave are still important, both in the United States and abroad. In these spaces, women have a voice; their concerns are heard and their priorities come first. The chapter summarizes the significance of both desegregated male spaces and feminist places in promoting women’s rights to the city, arguing that these rights can only be maintained to the extent that women have access to substitutes for their previously unpaid labor. Desegregated places, feminist places, and care substitutes form a triad of “necessary spaces.” The chapter concludes with commentary on current threats to women’s rights and speculation about what lies ahead.

Keywords:   women’s rights, threats to women’s rights, feminist places, care substitutes, necessary spaces

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