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Adamson, Nancy with Linda Briskin and Margaret McPhail.

Toronto, Oxford University Press. 1988. 336pp, paper, $19.95. ISBN 0-19-540658-3. CIP

Grades 12 and up
Reviewed by donalee Moulton-Barrett

Volume 17 Number 1
1989 January

It is the subtitle of Feminist Organizing for Change, "The Contemporary Women's Movement in Canada," that succinctly describes the content of this lengthy, fact-filled historical analysis. The three authors are up-front about their motivation for writing this book and their bias:

We have been and still are active participants in the English Canadian women's movement, and this exerts a powerful influence on what we say. Although we arc not writing only about socialist feminism, our analysis is informed by that perspective, which necessarily influences our interpretation of events and our criticism.

Yet, despite the bias, or perhaps because of it, Feminist Organizing for Change is a thorough, comprehensive, personal and thoughtful look at the women's movement in this country. Although written somewhat academically and thus hard to get through at times, the book discusses in detail what has only been revealed in snippets before, The authors do not glorify, they do not condemn. They simply try to understand and pass that understanding along to their teachers.

The three sections of the work— "Setting the Stage," "Constructing a Framework" and "Analyzing the Women's Movement"—logically prepare the reader for the conclusions—and the challenge-the authors ultimately arrive at.

This book goes beyond simply analyzing the task the women's movement faces in making change: it is also a call for activism. It tries to show that "believing in equal rights" is not enough: to make change, women need to both identify themselves as feminists and recognize the need to organize.

Feminist Organizing Far Change is a convincing and passionate call for just such activism.

donalee Moulton-Barrett, Halifax, N.S.
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