English 151G 1960s Countercultures in Stanford’s Special Collections Professor Adena Spingarn


Week 4: The American Feminist Movement and Women’s Liberation



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Week 4: The American Feminist Movement and Women’s Liberation

Monday, April 18:

Sylvia Plath, “Lady Lazarus” (1963)

Betty Friedan, excerpt from The Feminine Mystique (1963)

Kate Millet, excerpt from Sexual Politics (1970)

Wednesday, April 20:

Gloria Steinem, “A New Egalitarian Lifestyle” (1971)

Audre Lorde, “The Master’s Tools Will Never Dismantle the Master’s House” (1979)


* Response paper due by the start of class: locate a relevant item in Special Collections and write a 1-page (single-spaced) response that: a) briefly explains how you found the selected item and why you chose it, b) substantively connects it to the week’s readings, and c) suggests two research questions that might come from it.



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