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They march under the banner of the feminist movement, but they are clearly out of step with most of their sisters. The issue is abortion. One Kansas City-based national feminist organization contends that true feminists actually oppose abortion and have throughout history. Feminists for Life of America, which claims about 3,000 members in 36 chapters, maintains that abortion oppresses rather than liberates women.
March 22, 2013 | By Alexandra Le Tellier
In her new book, “Lean In,” Facebook executive Sheryl Sandberg advises women to do just that. The  message is her “sort of feminist manifesto”: Take a seat at the table, speak up, and don't worry about pleasing everyone. If you want to make it to the top, you can't demure.  But what about women who find their calling outside of the workplace - like mothers who choose to stay home and raise their kids? Are they still feminists if they choose a domestic path? New York magazine recently sparked a debate with its cover story, “ The Retro Wife ,” by Lisa Miller.
April 15, 1986 | STANLEY MEISLER, Times Staff Writer
Simone de Beauvoir, the renowned French writer who regarded herself more as a Marxist than a feminist when she wrote what became a primer of women's liberation, "The Second Sex," more than 35 years ago, died Monday at a Paris hospital. She was 78. No cause of death was given by Cochin Hospital, but De Beauvoir reportedly had been suffering from circulation problems.
More often than she would like, as she sprints around the country promoting her new book, Anne Roiphe hears that phrase. A woman comes up to her, at a bookstore or a reading, and begins, "I'm not a feminist, but . . . ." And Roiphe smiles a tired smile. Invariably, the person she sees is "a strong woman who's economically independent, a decent sense of herself, nobody's handmaiden--by my standards she's a feminist," she says.
July 28, 1985 | Kay Mills, Kay Mills is a Times editorial writer
The women's movement needs people marching outside in the streets, feminist Gloria Steinem said not long ago, so that the women working on the "inside in the suits" will look reasonable. Steinem summarized the dichotomy of today's women's movement: The "moles" who work within the corporations, political parties, churches and schools to achieve change, and the militants, who march down streets and pound on doors demanding equality.
August 14, 2012 | Claudia Luther
In her bestselling 1962 book "Sex and the Single Girl," Helen Gurley Brown dared to tell American women that they inherited their "proclivity" for sex, that it "isn't some random piece of mischief you dreamed up because you're a bad, wicked girl. " When her frank and exuberant mix of advice, exhortation and naughty girl talk became a publishing phenomenon, thousands of women wrote to seek her advice, and she would sit at home at night in Los Angeles, trying to answer them all. One night, her husband, the movie producer David Brown, had an idea while he watched her type.
February 2, 1992 | NINA J. EASTON, Nina J. Easton is a staff writer with this magazine. Times researcher Joyce Sherwood contributed to this story
SCENE 1: DOWNTOWN CLEVELAND -- Sharon Kinsella, dark hair cropped short, dressed in black from shoulder to toe, is hunched over in a chair, telephone jammed in her ear. "OK, let me ask you a couple of questions. Did he touch you?" As the Midwestern secretary on the line answers, smoke from Kinsella's cigarette coils sleepily upward. "Did this happen in front of anyone?"
September 2, 1985 | LIZ McGUINNESS
The group of 150 women looked right in place as they gathered for a Cobb salad luncheon at the Balboa Bay Club. All were well dressed, and there was a sprinkling of summer hats; conversation was animated.
September 30, 1993 | BOB SIPCHEN
Even before the September/October Mother Jones hit the stands with a scathing critique of women's studies programs, author Susan Faludi was pounding out a response. But it would be a stretch to define that article--or what's being said more broadly in magazines this fall--as mere media backlash against feminism.
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