Acting Across Borders: 
The Future of the Feminist 1970s

Celebrating the Meredith Tax Papers


The 5th Symposium of the Sallie Bingham Center 
for Women's History and Culture

April 13-14, 2012

A writer and political activist since the late 1960s, Meredith Tax has founded or co-founded a series of feminist and social justice organizations starting with Bread and Roses, an early socialist-feminist group in Boston. Her 1970 essay, "Woman and Her Mind: The Story of Everyday Life," is considered a foundational text of the U.S. women’s liberation movement. Acting Across Borders focused on the main questions Tax explored in this essay and throughout her work as a feminist: race, class, and internationalism. 

The conference began on Friday afternoon, April 13, 2012 with the two keynote addresses, one by Meredith Tax and the other by radical African feminist, sociologist, writer, educator, and publisher Patricia McFadden. Saturday, April 14, there were three plenary sessions in which speakers were asked to frame their ideas as a personal narrative in order to give audience members a sense of their political journeys. The symposium was free and open to the public.