Observers Debate Feminism’s Impact

(Micah Taylor/Flickr)

(Micah Taylor/Flickr)

Suzanne Venker, a conservative thinker and author, is no fan of the feminist movement.

In her new book, Venker argues that the movement actually harmed the lives of women more than it helped it. In “The Flipside of Feminism: What Conservative Women Know and Men Can’t Say,” Venker wrote, “according to a 2007 report from the National Bureau of Economic Research, as women have gained more freedom, more education, and more power, they have become less happy.”

Certainly, Venker’s position is controversial and many feminist scholars disagree. Sally Haslanger, the director of the program in Women’s and Gender Studies at MIT, believes that the feminist movement helped create the freedoms that women enjoy today.

In an interview with Radio Boston Friday, Venker shared her theories and spoke about her book. Monday on the show, Haslanger presents the other side of the coin.

Radio Boston listeners have continued to chime in on twitter, on our website and on Facebook. How do you feel about the feminist movement?


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