Snapshots of Asian America: A Look at the Movement's Spirit and Legacy
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International Women's Day logo, Revolutionary Union, c. 1973. The graphic's elements symbolize the international nature of women's struggles, and represents women from all class backgrounds. Still, women in the Asian American Movement had to challenge long-held notions of gender roles, as Merilynne Hamano Quon recalls (see text below).
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Individually We Contributed, Together We Made a Difference


We [women] wrote theory; debated strategy; chaired meetings; spoke at rallies; and organized workers, youth, elderly, and the poor on an equal footing with the men. We forged equality in the home and in relationships. The Asian American Movement was stronger because of our commitment to the equality of women.

Our challenge was to overcome past oppression and transform ourselves individually, sum up collectively, and unite with our brothers from a position of strength rather than weakness. Historically, woman had been subservient to men, i.e., in a position of weakness. In order to unite with our brothers, we had to develop strength within ourselves to come together in an equal partnership.

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