Emily Tuttle

Date of Award



Julie Kim

Second Advisor

Oneka LaBennett


This thesis explores Feminist for Life’s (FFL) appropriation of feminist history and rhetoric in creating their individual identity as a new and unique social organization. I examine how FFL, a pro-life organization, utilizes traditional feminist history and literature in addition to mainstream feminist language to legitimize their mission. I examine FFL’s use of these traditionally pro-choice tools and the manner in which FFL uses them to establish itself as the true continuum of first-wave feminism. In doing so, I enter a scholarly debate concerning both the framing of dissident identities within social movements and the self-characterization of Feminists for Life as a part of the feminist movement. I approach my research question by analyzing and comparing FFL’s choice of language and self-portrayal in contrast to that of the National Organization for Women (NOW). I hope to demonstrate that by appropriating traditional feminist history and rhetoric, Feminists for Life both legitimizes itself and attempts to delegitimize mainstream feminism’s claim to be today’s true feminists.