Stewart, Eileen (interviewee)

Eileen Stewart oral history with Susan Tracy, interview 1, July 27, 1999

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(00:00:01) - Introductions (00:00:31) - First conscious organized feminist action when living in Canada, in solidarity with United States Women’s Strike for Equality (00:02:12) - Relating to Canadians as a US citizen; feminist activity in Vancouver, Canada (00:03:28) - Perceptions of being a feminist (00:04:43) - Relating to men as an out lesbian (00:05:18) - Attending an all girl’s high school; socialization in girl’s high school (00:06:53) - Eileen Stewart returns to UMass to finish her degree in first years of 1970s; job as Head of Residence in Southwest Residential College; discussions around racism, sexism, heterosexism. (00:08:52) - Stewart teaches a course on Sex Roles in Contemporary Society (00:13:18) - Out of the Sex Roles in Contemporary Society course, participants decide to form the Southwest Women’s Center (00:18:20) Eileen Stewart describes campus reactions to an event planned by the Southwest Women’s Center (00:22:05) - Awareness of other women’s groups in the area (00:23:14) - Campus responses and dedication of resources to older women who were going back to college (00:25:30) - Discussion about Valley Women’s History Collaborative (00:27:00) - Stewart relates her feelings about being involved in this organizing at time, and being surrounded by women most of the time. (00:28:40) - End of Stewart’s marriage and coming out as a lesbian (00:30:47) - Being a lesbian in professional setting at the university (00:32:00) - The perception that living as a lesbian was the practice of feminist theory; juxtaposition of conversations around being gay or lesbian in the 1970s versus in the late 1990s (00:34:40) - Holiday party at Southwest

Place:
Amherst (Mass.)
Extent:
00:36:22; audiocassette
Language:
English
Subject(s):
interviewer:
Tracy, Susan
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Location:
Special Collections and University Archives, University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries
MS 531
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mums531-oh-i008
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Stewart, Eileen. Eileen Stewart oral history with Susan Tracy, interview 1, July 27, 1999. Valley Women's History Collaborative Records (MS 531). Special Collections and University Archives, University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries
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