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Against Our Will

Brownmiller was profoundly influenced by the Southern sit-in movement to end lunch counter segregation that began in February Inwhile working as a national affairs researcher at Newsweekshe was among 1, white volunteers who joined Freedom Summer in Mississippi. InBrownmiller was working as a television newswriter at ABC and marching against the war in Vietnam when the Women’s Liberation Movement erupted.

Brownmiller became inspired to explore the topic of rape after helping to organize a conference on rape with the New York Radical Feminists an organization she had co-founded.


Afainst four years of research, she published her groundbreaking book Against Our Will: Men, Women, and Rape inwhich defined rape as a serious social problem of violence against women. There was nothing comforting in an historical analysis that indicted society for protecting rapists and contributing to the further humiliation of rape victims. Against Our Will was a bestseller, and Brownmiller received both criticism and acclaim.

After publishing Against Our WillBrownmiller lectured widely on the topic of rape. Her continuing interest in women’s issues led her to help found Women Against Pornography in Brownmiller published another feminist analysis Femininitythe novel Waverly Placeand a travel memoir Seeing Vietnam: Encounters of the Road and Heart Memoir of a Revolutiondetails the story of feminism and her intimate involvement with it, particularly her work to end violence against women.

Yet the heritage is still with me, and I can argue that my chosen path—to fight against physical harm, specifically the terror of violence against women—had its origins in what I had learned in Hebrew School about the pogroms and the Holocaust.


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