Don’t Call Us Girls: Women’ Activism, Protest, and Actions in the Vietnam War

This is a story of activism, frustration, leadership, and the emergence of a new movement dedicated to the equality and advancement of women.

Lecture Description

This lecture, based on Tischler’s 2024 book, is about women at an important historical moment in world history when it seemed that pressure on legislative bodies, social activism in the form of street demonstrations, and even outbreaks of violent and destructive behavior might actually change the world. In the early 1960s, young people were confident that their voices would matter. By the end of the decade, optimism that full civil rights could be attained for African Americans and that a land war in Asia could be brought to an end simply because young people willed it to happen began to give way to a profound cynicism about the idea that activism in the streets would matter. This is the story of how women became critical actors in movements for change during the Vietnam Era and how the lessons learned contributed to a new consciousness that women’s voices could be raised on their own behalf.


Vietnam War Women's Rights, Activism, and Suffrage

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