Remembering a Radical
Julie Bindel remembers SAIC alumna Shulamith Firestone (BFA 1967)—a “Women’s Liberationist Whose Radical Writings Where Ahead of Her Time”—in the November 13 edition of the Sydney Morning Herald. “Firestone was one of the early radical American women’s liberationists who provided the theoretical foundation for the second wave of feminism,” Bindel states, adding that Firestone’s book The Dialectic of Sex: The Case for Feminist Revolution “contributed to a theory of women’s oppression and male supremacy that is as relevant today as it was at the time of publication.” As a student at SAIC, Firestone formed the Westside group—“the predecessor to Chicago Women’s Liberation Union”—with feminist scholar, Jo Freeman. She later moved to New York where she co-founded the city’s first women’s liberation group, New York Radical Women, and published numerous papers and essays. In the early 1970s she abandoned politics to focus on painting, later publishing a book of short stories titled Airless Spaces. Firestone died on August 28 at the age of 67. She was also celebrated in an obituary published by the New York Time’s on August 30.