Sex and Caste: a Kind of Memo
written in 1965 by Mary King Casey Hayden became influential piece in feminism. Based on insights and experiences within the civil rights movement. It was sent to 40 women in the Students for a Democratic Society (SDS), the National Student Movement, the Student Peace Union, and SNCC. A call to action, the paper incorporated the philosophy that personal relationships have political components. It discussed gender as similar to the Hindu caste system, women and the problems of work, and women and personal relations with men, among other topics. Published in Liberation magazine of the War Resisters League (1966), the paper is seen as one of the salient documents of the second-wave women’s movement.