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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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The Foundations of Free to Be … You and Me

The Foundations of Free to Be … You and Me

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(p.27) The Foundations of Free to Be … You and Me
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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.6

This chapter shows how Marlo Thomas was involved in the burgeoning women's movement both before and after she decided to create a new kind of children's entertainment. Thomas was fully supportive of the Equal Rights Amendment and other liberal feminist goals. When she began to work on the Free to Be album, she surrounded herself with collaborators whose personal experiences, political inclinations, and intellectual backgrounds shaped their collective commitment to promoting equality and autonomy for girls and boys. In an interview with a New York Times reporter in 1973, Thomas explained that both sets of her grandparents, who were of Lebanese and Italian descent, were set up in arranged marriages.

Keywords:   Marlo Thomas, women's movement, children's entertainment, Equal Rights Amendment, liberal feminist goals

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