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Hirshman, Rhea, 2007 March 2

 Part of Collection
Call Number: RU 1055, Series Accession 2008-A-001

Scope and Contents

Rhea Hirschman was a leading participant in the women's movement in New Haven in the 1970s and early 1980s. She discusses her initiation into the women's movement through a group called Women vs. Connecticut, which aimed to challenge the state's anti-aborition legislation before Roe vs. Wade. After Roe, Hirschman continued her participation in a variety of women's causes. She worked closely with the Speaker's Bureau, which sent individuals or teams of women to various public sites to lecture on causes related to women's rights, sexuality, or health. Hirschman was involved with the New Haven Women's Center, one of longest operating centers of its kind, and took part in grass roots community education efforts as well as working with domestic violence and rape crisis centers. She also had a radio show and ran a women's book shop for six years. Hirschman also discusses the importance of cultural prodcutions to the dissemination of feminist ideas, mentioning specifically the Theater of Light and Shadow, a political theater group, and the influence of feminist folk, rock, and pop music.

Interviewer: Tallevi, Ashley


  • 2007 March 2

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Language of Materials

From the Collection: English

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