The term 'feminism' came into English usage around the 1890s, but women's conscious struggle to resist discrimination and sexist oppression goes much further back. This completely new and updated edition of “Introducing Feminism” surveys the major developments that have affected women's lives from the 17th century to the present day. “Introducing Feminism” is an invaluable reference book for anyone seeking the story of how feminism reconfigured the world for women and men alike.
Social reformists in England and the US attempted to make their voices heard by staging numerous public lectures, founding societies and writing extensively about the “woman question”. Most notably, the Anglo-American author Frances Wright, founder of the Nashoba commune, toured the US from 1818 to 1820 and reported her impressions in Views of Society and Manners in America (1821).
Writing on women’s issues in the late 16th century began to proliferate, with a number of essays challenging the ideal of the female as “chaste, silent and obedient”. In 1589, Jane Anger’sHer Protection for Women reinterpreted Genesis.