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Susan Griffin: The Joy and Power of Community

Griffin, Susan
Tewes, Amanda
Susan Griffin: The Joy and Power of Community
Susan Griffin is an accomplished writer, and was a member of the UC Berkeley student political organization SLATE in the early 1960s. Griffin grew up in Los Angeles, California. She attended UC Berkeley, where she became active in SLATE, attending protests and engaging in political discussions. Griffin left Berkeley in 1963, but continued to work as a writer in the San Francisco Bay Area, producing many works, including Woman and Nature: The Roaring Inside Her. Over the years, Griffin remained active in causes of social justice, including the women’s movement and antiwar protests. In this interview, Griffin discusses growing up in Los Angeles in the 1940s and 1950s, including her early exposure to McCarthyism; attending UC Berkeley in the early 1960s; joining SLATE and participating in political activities on and off campus, as well as running for ASUC representative; becoming involved with the women’s movement; gender inequalities in SLATE; SLATE reunions; and SLATE’s impact on her political thinking and activism.
Subject area(s):
Community and Identity
Education, University of California
Politics, Law, and Policy
Interview date(s):
Susan Griffin, “Susan Griffin: The Joy and Power of Community” conducted by Amanda Tewes in 2019, Oral History Center, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, 2019.