Anarchism and Other Essays

Anarchism and Other Essays

Emma Goldman

Chapters include: Anarchism: What It Really Stands For; Minorities Versus Majorities; The Psychology Of Political Violence; Prisons: A Social Crime And Failure; Patriotism: A Menace To Liberty; Francisco Ferrer And The Modern School; The Hypocrisy Of Puritanism; The Traffic In Women; Woman Suffrage; The Tragedy Of Woman’s Emancipation; Marriage And Love; and, The Modern Drama: A Powerful Disseminator Of Radical Thought.

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Love’s Coming-Of-Age

Love's Coming-Of-Age

Edward Carpenter

This short book of essays by Edward Carpenter is a look at gender roles at the start of the 20th century, and his prescient vision of how those roles might evolve. In the past century many of his then-utopian predictions have come to pass, such as rational sexual education, greater equality for women, recognition of a spectrum of sexual identities, widespread acceptance of trial and open relationships, and the amelioration of…

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Memoirs of the Author of A Vindication Of The Rights Of Woman

Memoirs of the Author of A Vindication Of The Rights Of Woman

William Godwin

This is William Godwin’s biography of his wife Mary Wollstonecraft, the author of A Vindication of the Rights of Woman. Unusually frank for its time, Godwin does not shrink from presenting the parts of Wollstonecraft’s life that late 18th century British society would have judged either immoral or in bad taste; such as her close friendship with a woman, her love affairs, her illegitimate child, her suicide attempts and her painful death.

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Mobilizing Woman-Power

Mobilizing Woman-Power

Harriot Stanton Blatch

With a foreword by Theodore Roosevelt, this book is about women’s role in the war effort. An interesting look into the early suffragette movement, and it’s endorsed by Theodore Roosevelt, which, quite frankly, should be enough recommendation for anyone.

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Our Androcentric Culture, Or the Man Made World

Our Androcentric Culture, Or the Man Made World

Charlotte Perkins Gilman

In this probing critique of “androcentric culture,” pioneering feminist Charlotte Perkins Gilman analyzes with wit and insight the many negative effects of male domination, not only on women in particular but on the welfare of the human race as a whole. Chapters include: As To Humanness; The Man-Made Family; Health And Beauty…

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A Room of One’s Own

A Room of One's Own

Virginia Woolf

A Room of One’s Own is an extended essay by Virginia Woolf. First published on 24 October 1929, the essay was based on a series of lectures she delivered at Newnham College and Girton College, two women’s colleges at Cambridge University in October 1928. The essay examines whether women were capable of producing, and in fact free to produce work of the quality of William Shakespeare, addressing the limitations that past and present…

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Sex Equality, A Solution of the Woman Problem

Sex Equality, A Solution of the Woman Problem

Emmet Densmore

This is an attempt to solve the problem of sexual inequality by looking at what differences there are between men and women. My first thought on finding this book, going by the title, was that it was a piece of early feminist type literature. Then I had a glance at the chapters (‘Disabilities of Women’) and reconsidered. It turns out, however, that it really is a book in favour of womens rights; just one that was written in 1907…

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A Vindication of the Rights of Woman

A Vindication of the Rights of Woman

Mary Wollstonecraft

Written in 1792, this is one of the earliest works of feminist philosophy. In it, Wollstonecraft responds to those educational and political theorists of the 18th century who did not believe women should have an education. She argues that women ought to have an education commensurate with their position in society, claiming that women are essential to the nation because they educate its children and because they could be…

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Woman and the New Race

Woman and the New Race

Margaret Sanger

Written in the early 20th Century, this was a time when women were just starting to have some rights, such as voting, education, etc. Sanger saw the right of a woman to have control of her own body as the next goal. She discusses birth control, large families and the impact they have on women, abortion and the right of women not to have children if she so wishes. An emotive book which raises issues that are still…

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Woman, Church and State

Woman, Church and State

Matilda Joslyn Gage

Vehemently anti-clerical, Women, Church and State was one of the first books to draw the conclusion that Christianity is a primary impediment to the progress of women, as well as civilization. Then, as now, religious doctrine was used as a justification for the dehumanization of women, depriving them of civil, human, economic and political rights, even denying them the right to worship alongside men. Gage reviews extensive…

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The Woman’s Bible

The Woman's Bible

Elizabeth Cady Stanton

The Woman’s Bible, written by famous 19th Century feminist Elizabeth Cady Stanton and a ‘Revising Committee’, is one of the first attempts by women to evaluate the Judeo-Christian legacy and its impact on women through history. Stanton concluded that ‘the Bible in its teachings degrades Women from Genesis to Revelation’. However she and the other contributors found much to admire in the Bible, particularly some of the Old…

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Women and Economics

Women and Economics

Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Women and Economics – A Study of the Economic Relation Between Men and Women as a Factor in Social Evolution is a book written by Charlotte Perkins Gilman and published in 1898. It is considered by many to be her single greatest work, and as with much of her writing, the book touches a few dominant themes: the transformation of marriage, the family, and the home, with her central argument: “the economic independence…

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Women of all Nations

Women of all Nations

Thomas Athol Joyce

Taken from the Preface: ‘The first edition of this work, published in 1907-8, consisted of two large quarto volumes, and contained a comprehensive survey of the position, life, occupations, etc., of woman throughout the world. In preparing an abridged, though, it is hoped, no less comprehensive, edition, care has been taken to preserve more or less intact those passages dealing with customs which are especially characteristic of…

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