UMD Author is ‘Making Waves’ by Bringing to Light Feminism in the Northland

Book talk and bookfair in support of YWCA Duluth-Girl Power

In the late 1970s, a wave of feminism was just washing up onto the shores of the Twin Ports area. The impact of this era has had a lasting impact on the region, beginning with one of the first rape crisis programs and battered women’s shelters in the nation.

Multiple organizations worked together to break barriers during the fight for women’s rights, working to provide services, advocacy, and overall instill change for women.

Author and University of Minnesota Duluth professor, Beth Bartlett, brings us through the past 40 years, painting the picture of feminism in Duluth and Superior, in her new book, “Making Waves: Grassroots Feminism in Duluth and Superior.”

Bartlett talked to hundreds of women and feminist organizations who lived through those trying times. Her goal with writing this book was to display how unique the Twin Ports region really is for the history of women’s rights and feminism.

 “It actually began with several of us in Women Studies, who wanted to put together the histories of the feminist community. I don’t know how many people know the unique community it is with so many ground breaking long lasting grass roots feminist organizations,” says Bartlett

She was at Barnes and Noble for a book signing and book talk in support of the YWCA Duluth-Girl Power, where a portion of her proceeds went to the organization.

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