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Feminist Praxis

ByChristie Launius, Holly Hassel

This chapter explores the strategies that feminist activists and educators use to effect change that supports gender justice. In Transforming Scholarship: Why Women's and Gender Studies Students Are Changing Themselves and the World, Michele Tracy Berger and Cheryl Radeloff define feminist praxis as the "integration of learning with social justice". Understanding the causes and manifestations of backlash is a necessary skill for those engaged in feminist praxis. There is a wide range of feminist praxis that focuses on issues related to work and family. Some takes the form of formal organizations focused on achieving economic justice for women as workers and mothers. A key focus of feminist activism has been the idea that women have a right to control their own bodies. In its earliest forms, this activism focused on marital violence and was sometimes linked to the temperance movement, as many saw alcohol as the chief cause of men's violence against their wives and children.