Is there such a thing as post-feminism and, if so, what is it? Has there been a backlash against feminism as Susan Faludi's book of that title argued? What is the future of feminism in the new century?
Feminism has been one of the most important and radical movements in ideas and in society over the last forty years. Yet the roots of modern feminist and post-feminist thought stretch back much further than the 1960s.
This Pocket Essential looks at the important names in the history of feminism, from Mary Wollstonecraft to Germaine Greer, and at the most significant texts, from John Stuart Mill's The Subjection of Women to Betty Friedan's The Feminine Mystique and Naomi Wolf's The Beauty Myth. It explores the history of feminist thought and the wide range of debate and discussion in contemporary feminism.
Olympe de Gouges’ Declaration heavily influenced Mary Wollstonecraft’s A Vindication of the Rights of Women, and can perhaps be seen as the cornerstone of Western feminism. It was written out of a deep sense of disappointment and betrayal at the failure of the French revolutionaries to address the rights of women in their Declaration of the Rights of Man and the Citizen (1789). De Gouges argued that women may not be the same as men but they are equal. Urging women to wake up to their continuing