RADICALESBIANS – ‘The Woman Identified Woman Manifesto’ (1970) – offer a critical analysis of the subject’s perspective by placing the manifesto in full biographical and historical context. Note: Be sure to critically examine both the primary source and the relevant secondary literature.


This essay affords an opportunity to examine and assess controversies in the scholarly literature on a topic related to the history of American radicalism.
Successful essays will a) provide analysis, interpretation, or evaluation of the chosen subject matter, going beyond mere description, information, or narrative; b) chart key controversies and differences among different scholarly schools of thought or works on the topic and c) take a stand on the best way to apprehend the subject and the strengths or weaknesses of analyses offered to date.

Do not merely describe an episode in the history of radicalism, summarize texts, or list information—although description, summary, and information will be part of any essay. A critical essay, not a report, is the objective here! A thesis taking a stand on both the subject and the literature through analysis and evaluation are critical.


The women-identified women manifesto is one of the most insightful and powerful texts of the contemporary society. This document had overwhelming inspirations to women concerning the need for change and empowerment. The manifesto was the central focus of the radical lesbian revolution, which was aimed at relieving women the oppression by their male counterparts. By bringing the manifesto into focus the proponents of women liberation, where able to challenge the prevailing male dominance. This was of great importance in revolutionalizing the socio-economic, political and cultural setups. Basically, the manifesto was in opposition to the marginalization of the lesbians. By so doing, equality was emphasized thus leading to optimum liberty among the female gender. As observed in the manifesto, the core issue of focus in the redicalesbian revolution was politics rather than social affairs.