Woman Power

Title

Woman Power

Subject

Women's Liberation

Description

The symbol on this button emerged during the women’s liberation movement of the late-1960s and 1970s and is most often associated with “radical feminism.” The symbol combines the astrological symbol for Venus, representing the feminine, or woman, and the raised fist, denoting power, militancy and radicalism, and most often associated with the Black Power movement.

According to Jo Freeman, "The feminist button depicting a clenched fist inside the biological female symbol was produced by Robin Morgan for the second Miss America Pageant demonstration, in 1969. Unlike the double X, it combined the elements of defiance and revolution with that of femaleness. The original version was a dark red on a white background. It has undergone some regional changes -- Boston's button is outlined, Chicago's has narrow lines, New Haven's fist crashes through the top of the female symbol-- but the basic design is the same.
Initially, Robin Morgan worried over the choice of a red button for this particular demonstration. Ever conscious that major corporations like to co-opt incipient protest movements, she imagined that the cosmetic firm sponsoring the pageant might respond by manufacturing a matching lipstick named 'Liberation Red.' Therefore, if we were asked about the button, we were instructed to reply that the color was 'Menstrual Red.' No one would name a lipstick that."

(https://www.jofreeman.com/buttons/saybuttons.htm)

Creator

unknown

Source

Roz Payne

Publisher

Center for Digital Research in the Humanities, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Date

late-1960s and 1970s

Format

Button

Type

Physical Object

Collection

Citation

unknown, “Woman Power,” Roz Payne Sixties Archive, accessed January 28, 2022, https://rozsixties.unl.edu/items/show/258.

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