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“A lot of women are upset by remarks men make to us on the street, for instance, but we think other women handle the situation much better than we do, or just aren't bothered as much. Through consciousness-raising we begin to understand ourselves and other women by looking at situations like this in our own lives. We see that "personal problems shared by so many others--not being able to get out of the house often enough, becoming exhausted from taking care of the children all day, perhaps feeling trapped--are really 'Political problems. Understanding them is the first step toward dealing with them collectively."
Excerpt from How to Start Your Own Group,
Reprinted from a leaflet distributed by The Chicago Women's Liberation Union (1971) Read in Full http://www.cwluherstory.com/how-to-start-your-own-consciousness-raising-group.html?q=start+own+consciousness+raising+group
"It seemed clear to us that knowing our own lives related to the general conditions of women would make us better fighters on behalf of women as a whole. We felt that all women would have to see the fight of women as their own, not something just to help ‘other women’ that they would have to see the truth about their own lives before they would fight in a radical way for anyone." Katie Sarachild – Feminist Revolution, An Abridged Edition with Additional Writings, RedStockings of the Women’s Liberation Movement. Random House New York.
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