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By Lisa Young

The modern women's circulation has reworked North American society. switch has been maximum within the realm of way of life, yet feminism has additionally challenged the substance and perform of politics. Feminists and social gathering Politics examines the trouble to convey feminism into the formal political enviornment via demonstrated political events in Canada and the U.S..

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The US legislation is substantially different from the Canadian, which limits the amount candidates and parties can spend but does not place limits on the source or the amount of contributions from individuals, corporations, and unions. The legislation also allows for the creation of “non-connected” PACs, which allow individuals to pool their contributions and pass them on to candidates. Since 1974, the total number of PACs registered with the Federal Elections Commission has expanded from just over 600 to almost 4,500 (see Alexander 1992).

The NWPC’s apparent success in working inside the two parties led the way for other organizations in the women’s movement, and particularly NOW, to become involved inside the parties later in the decade (interview 02/02/95b). A pivotal year for NOW’s involvement in electoral politics was 1975, in part because of an Internal Revenue Service (IRS) ruling that the organization could participate in electoral politics without losing its taxexempt status, and also because NOW’s national conference that year elected a national board oriented towards political engagement.

This involvement paved the way for the entry of women activists into the party in the early 1970s (NWPC 1980, 22). Politicization (1971-80) By the early 1970s, the two streams of the women’s movement were beginning to converge, largely under the auspices of NOW. Its momentum fuelled by considerable media attention in 1970, the movement united in a campaign for the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). Despite this momentum, NOW president Betty Friedan (1976, 168) believed the movement had crested and would begin to decline if it did not become explicitly political, which is to say engaged in the partisan political arena.

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