By M.D. Bialeschki

A growing to be physique of women's reviews literature and relaxation literature exists. This distinct publication brings jointly those components in a manner that enables the reader to view women's relaxation from numerous views supporting to supply possibilities for equality, integrity and freedom of selection inside of relaxation.

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The role of culture in history is complicated by the fact that in every culture, men and women play different roles within the social organization. Socially sanctioned images of femininity and masculinity are always relative. They differ from era to era, from culture to culture, and from group to group within a given social organization (Metheny, 1973). To fully understand the influence of roles and social movements, a woman’s position within the specific cultural context must be considered. A new historical approach to understanding women’s culture and their leisure is imperative.

Social movements such as the Women’s Christian Temperance Union, the anti-slavery movement, the settlement house movement, the birth control movement, the American Equal Rights Association, and the National Woman Suffrage Association, were examples of types of “righteous” concerns that women felt were within their realm of concern. The growth in women’s clubs and especially women’s involvement in the abolition movement were central to the emergence of the first American feminist movement. Through such activities, women gained autonomy, yet generally were not perceived as being deviant from prescribed sex-roles.

At times, these two major groups worked together, but at other times, the more conservative suffrage groups did not become involved with (and in fact, often did not even support) the issues of the feminist movement. For some women, the feminist movement was too radical. Feminists were suggesting changes that brought into question some of the most basic underpinnings of such societal institutions as the church, the family, and the law. At times, these ideological differences were so great that they retarded the movements by isolating activists, leaving them open to charges of deviancy and discouraging women from getting involved.

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