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Florynce "Flo" KennedyThe Life of a Black Feminist Radical$
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Sherie M. Randolph

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781469623917

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469623917.001.0001

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Absorbed Her Wisdom and Her Wit

Absorbed Her Wisdom and Her Wit

Creating the Women’s Liberation Movement, 1967–1968

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Florynce "Flo" Kennedy

Sherie M. Randolph

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter examines Flo Kennedy’s crucial leadership role within the nascent feminist movement. The New York City chapter of NOW, which was the largest and most active in the organization, included black feminists Shirley Chisholm as well as white feminists Kate Millet, Betty Friedan, and Catharine Stimpson. As the women’s movement burgeoned, Kennedy’s connections with NOW deepened. She rapidly became a leader, although she never held an official position on the executive committee; instead, she influenced the group primarily through her continual and deliberate mentorship of younger white feminists, such as Ti-Grace Atkinson, and through her ability to imagine actions that would capture media attention.

Keywords:   NOW/National Organization for Women, New York City, Betty Friedan, Kate Millet, Ti-Grace Atkinson, Mentor, Media, Feminists, Shirley Chisholm, Leadership

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