Kelsy Kretschmer, Ph. D. : Not NOW: Pathways and Consequences for Breakaways from the National Organization for Women
November 11, 2010
In explaining the origins of organizations, existing scholarship has tended to overemphasize the role of the lone entrepreneur, and neglect the fact that many new organizations emerge from existing organizations. Half of all new organizations have a parent organization, and the modern feminist movement was, and continues to be, shaped by these parent/breakaway organization relationships. In this presentation, Kelsy Kretschmer, Ph.D., will investigate the different pathways by which a parent organization can produce a new organization, and access how these pathways affect the relationship between parents and breakaways later. These pathways have important implications for feminism as both ideology and a political movement in the United States. Kelsy Kretschmer is a Visiting Lecturer in the Writing Department at Wellesley College and a Faculty Scholar at the Wellesley Centers for Women.