Barbara Love has already done more than her share of work in documenting the history of Second Wave Feminism with the publication of Feminists Who Changed America, 1963-1975. Now, with the publication of her new book, There At The Dawning: Memories of a Lesbian Feminist, Barbara Love has just made another significant contribution, not only to the history of the women’s movement, but to the lesbian and gay rights movement as well.
In the words of the book’s reviewers…
“In There At The Dawning, Barbara Love shares her personal experiences of being present at the birth of feminism in the 60s and 70s. Nothing but nothing is more important than being there – and thanks to the gift of this book, we are there too.” – Gloria Steinem
“This is an important book that deserves respect and attention. Written in clear, blunt prose and with characteristic modesty and frankness, Barbara Love chronicles her role as a generative force in some of the most significant social movements of our time. Hers is a dazzling record of achievements as a trailblazing Second Wave lesbian pioneer feminist with many passions and causes that she promoted and elevated. Barbara Love’s impact and influence on behalf of gender justice will continue to benefit untold generations well into the future.” – Eleanor Pam, PhD, President, Veteran Feminists of America
“There At The Dawning is an unsparing and honest account of Barbara Love’s front-line troublemaking, risk-taking, and activism in the feminist and gay/lesbian movements of the 1970s. In her insightful and gracefully written book, Love details her personal and political responses to resolving the conflicts and issues of a new and challenging social cause. Love was central to a movement that is still changing lives. Her work today is understood as ‘good trouble’ and has led the way for social change – and has given others the courage to follow.” – Arlie Costine Scott, Former National Vice President of NOW
“Do not skim this book. It is in the gradual accumulation of vignettes and moments that a truly remarkable self-portrait of Barbara Love’s character and personality comes into full view. Her brand of inclusive lesbian feminism is irresistible. Welcome to her joy-filled lifetime romance with activism. In descriptions of her early adventures, fellow travelers will appreciate her sometimes searing, always honest explorations of personal and community empowerment.” – Margie Adam, Singer, Songwriter, Pianist, Activist
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