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The Miss America Protest: 1968


No More Miss America! -- Announcement and statement from Atlantic City, 1968

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Women's Liberation organizers disrupt the live telecast of the Miss
America Pageant in Atlantic City.
(Photo source: Sisterhood is Powerful, 1970)

 

Women picket on the Atlantic City boardwalk.
(photo source: Wide World Photos from the Liberated Woman's Songbook 1971)

"I also attended the Atlantic City Beauty Contest protest, which was the best fun I can imagine anyone wanting to have on any single day of her life.  It was very brazen and very brash, and there were some arrests--Peggy Dobbins was charged with releasing a stink bomb.  No bras were burned, though; that was a media invention...

--Flo Kennedy, Color Me Flo, My Hard Life and Good Times, 1976


 (Photo source: Color Me Flo, My Hard Life and Good Times, 1976)

 

Leah Fritz and Florika are to the left of the giant Miss America puppet.
Flo Kennedy, in a white pantsuit, is on the right.
(Photo source: Tamiment Institute Library, New York University,
Liberation News Service Collection)



 

Carol Hanisch, one of the editors of Feminist Revolution (left) and
Carol Giardina, who drove up from Florida (right) at the Miss America
protest in Atlantic City.
(Photo Source: Voices of Feminism, 1996; Archive Photos/Fotos International)






SUGGESTED READING:
Carol Hanisch's criticism/self-criticism of the action,
What Can Be Learned: A Critique of the Miss America Protest.
Available from the archives in
Redstockings First Literature List.




Listen to Redstockings veterans Carol Hanisch, Kathie Sarachild and Alix Kates Shulman and NOW pioneer Jacqui Ceballos, talk about the Miss America Protest on two recent National Public Radio marking the the incendiary year of 1968.