The Sexes: Womenswar

Founders call it "Womansurge." Opponents dismiss it as "Womanpurge." By any name, the new group, which says it will go into action this week, means more factionalism within the feminist movement and threatens to turn the National Organization for Women (NOW) into Then.

Feminist-Author Betty Friedan, 54, co-founder of NOW in 1966, and a dozen of its officials and ex-officials formed Womansurge at a secret eight-hour meeting two weeks ago in a New Orleans airport-motel room. The strategy: to counter what they see as the ruinously revolutionary drift of the present NOW leadership, including President Karen DeCrow, 37, a...

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