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When We Were Free to BeLooking Back at a Children's Classic and the Difference It Made$
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Lori Rotskoff and Laura L. Lovett

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780807837238

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807837559_rotskoff

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“Little Women's Libbers” and “Free to Be Kids” Children and the Struggle for Gender Equality in the United States

“Little Women's Libbers” and “Free to Be Kids” Children and the Struggle for Gender Equality in the United States

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When We Were Free to Be
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Lori Rotskoff

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/9780807837559_rotskoff.16

This chapter focuses on the letter written by a fifth-grade girl from Peoria, Illinois, Randi Lewis, that was addressed to the editors of Ms., the first popular, unambiguously feminist magazine published in the United States. While her mother was the household's official subscriber, Randi also looked forward to the magazine's monthly delivery. Although Randi lived far from the Ms. headquarters in New York City, she believed that the magazine's creators would understand some of her deepest concerns. In her letter, Randi unburdened her frustration over social injustices she perceived at recess and in the classroom. Her expression of allegiance to liberal feminism—what she called “all this equal rights”—was striking in its simplicity: “I believe in it, too.”

Keywords:   fifth-grade girl, Peoria, Illinois, Randi Lewis, feminist magazine, social injustices

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