Girls, Feminism, and Grassroots Literacies: Activism in the by Mary P. Sheridan-rabideau

By Mary P. Sheridan-rabideau

Case research of the lifetime of a feminist association in a altering political and investment weather.

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As with other local leaders who informed the turn-of-the-century youthquake, Gina drew on lessons from previous activist eruptions, most notably second-wave feminisms, to shape the changes she hoped to foster. Although Gina clearly valued the activism present in this university town, she had a fraught relationship with academics and even academic feminists who, Gina felt, talked more about feminism than did feminist work. For Gina, feminist work is shaped by acting on the insights of personal experiences.

Even so, Aimee quickly realized she made a mistake. While appreciating the organizational structures that the foundation offered, she felt divorced from hands-on fem- Building a Youthquake 17 inist activism. She returned to Champaign-Urbana, redoubling her efforts to make GirlZone viable. Overwhelmed with managing the daily operations of a grassroots organization, holding a job, and pursuing interests outside of GirlZone, Aimee offered fewer workshops (2 instead of 4 per month), sought interns from the University, and aggressively wrote for grant monies.

Aimee learns of the United Way’s rejection of GirlZone’s grant application. GirlZone ends after the third annual GrrrlFest. ing to business management. In this way, GirlZone reflects what academic and activist Eric Schragge sees as the professionalization of the community sector. 11 Like others who participated in the emerging youthquake during the 1990s, GirlZone organizers experienced how this shift poses significant dilemmas that might motivate and plague passionate community members seeking to make social change on a local level.

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