While this protest confirmed Hayden’s belief that women’s ways of community organizing were superior to those of the men, who admitted to making little progress of their own that summer, Hayden still faced a dilemma. The women she sought to organize were victims of abuse at the hands of the very men that the SDS male workers hoped to organize. In both the article she wrote for the SDS Bulletin and in an interview published in New Left Review, Hayden only alluded to these problems briefly.
“All of these women have had horrible histories with their husbands, personal histories. … they share these horrible relationships with men—like they have to call on someone to run to the corner to call the cops because she is being beaten up.”
However, in 2014, Hayden explained she was “at a loss as to how to raise this contradiction for discussion on the project and remembered thinking “it was foolhardy of me to try to organize women alone and on my own. I needed some help. … A Kind of Memo] was the result.”