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The Gender Politics of Revolutionary Struggle in the Black Panther Party Open Access Deposited

Amidst numerous radical movements in the 1960s, the Black Panther Party grew to be one of the most notable Black power groups. From being an Oakland, California-based militant organization to having 40 chapters across 28 states, the Black Panthers were dynamic in adapting to the changing needs of their members and communities. While the organization was not free from misogyny or patriarchal ideas, Panther women sought to direct more attention to women’s issues and took on many responsibilities in the wake of suppression from the FBI’s Counter Intelligence Program. First, this paper analyzes the origins and development of the Party’s gender-related ideology. Second, using primary sources, this research seeks to understand the various roles women fulfilled within the Party, in terms of militants, rank-and-file members, and revolutionaries.

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