NYT’s Gail Collins on feminism and the ’60s

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January 2010

By Ted Regencia

EVANSTON, Ill — Combining storytelling and political punditry, New York Times columnist Gail Collins gave Northwestern students a lesson on feminism — from 1960s sexual revolution to the latest election in Massachusetts.

“In my lifetime, everything really changed,” Collins said Tuesday, January 19, attributing the progress of women’s movement to the Civil Rights era, the introduction of birth-control pills and entry of women in the workplace.

“It happened so fast,” she said of the period between 1964 and 1972, when “the nation came to grips with social justice.”
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