Author: Linda Nicholson

Linda Nicholson is the Susan E. and William P. Stiritz Distinguished Professor of Women's Studies and Professor of History at Washington University in St. Louis. She is the author of Identity Before Identity Politics (Cambridge, 2008); The Play of Reason: From the Modern to the Postmodern (Cornell, 1998); Gender and History: The Limits of Social Theory in the Age of the Family (Columbia, 1986); editor of The Second Wave: Readings in Feminist Theory (Routledge, 1997); Feminism/Postmodernism (Routledge, 1990); and coeditor (with Steven Seidman) of Social Postmodernism (Cambridge, 1995). She has edited the book series Thinking Gender with Routledge Press.

Feminism in "Waves": Useful Metaphor or Not?

By the early 1990s, it had become clear that the kind of feminist activity that had blossomed from the late 1960s through the late 1980s in the United States was no longer present. Consequently, many began to ask: what was the present state of feminism?