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All books  Society, Politics & Philosophy +Biography
 
Title:  The Feminist Promise: 1792 to the Present
Binding:  Hardcover: 528 pages
Author:  Christine Stansell
Publisher: Modern Library (May 11, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0679643141
ISBN-13: 9780679643142

Product Dimensions: 
9.3 x 6.4 x 1.6 inches
Category(ies) :  Society, Politics & Philosophy +Biography
Shipping weights:  1.8 pounds
Price: RMB350.00
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Synosis
Stansell largely blames the breaks in the long narrative of women's struggle for equality in America on "historical amnesia" that erased a sense that "the past was backing them up" and left each generation to forge new approaches without a record of prior feminist thought and action. Stansell's comprehensive history tracks major and minor moments that highlight promise both realized and unmet. Beginning with the release of Mary Wollstonecraft's A Vindication of the Rights of Woman and concluding with the connection of modern American feminism to global human rights, Stansell constructs a sweeping narrative that puts the accomplishments of specific players, such as Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, and the oft-overlooked Maria Stewart, into a larger historical context, and also chronicles leaders, organizations, and acts of protest that defined feminism in the 20th century. She examines the partnership between abolition and suffrage that led to respective political victories and indentifies the missteps (like an early partnership with white supremacists) that compromised progress, creating a truly balanced history for future generations. The volume's breadth means some details and individuals are lost, but in plotting the points of a long overdue narrative, Stansell fulfills her promise.


Publisher Comments
"A landmark book from a brilliant and insightful historian. Stansell brings pioneering feminist thinkers like Mary Wollstonecraft thrillingly alive and places contemporary American women activists in the contexts of two centuries of feminist argument. Assured, ambitious, and stirring, The Feminist Promise delivers the authoritative intellectual history needed to ground and launch a new era of global women's emancipation." —Elaine Showalter, Professor Emeritus of English, Princeton University, and author of A Jury of Her Peers: American Women Writers from Anne Bradstreet to Annie Proulx

“A landmark book from a brilliant and insightful historian. Stansell brings pioneering feminist thinkers like Mary Wollstonecraft thrillingly alive and places contemporary American women activists in the contexts of two centuries of feminist argument. Assured, ambitious, and stirring, The Feminist Promise delivers the authoritative intellectual history needed to ground and launch a new era of global women's emancipation.” —Elaine Showalter, Professor Emeritus of English, Princeton University, and author of A Jury of Her Peers: American Women Writers from Anne Bradstreet to Annie Proulx

"It's all here—over two hundred years of history, down to the perplexities of the present day, in which a feminist might be an Afghan teenager fighting for an education, or an American lawyer wondering how she ended up as a stay-home mother. The Feminist Promise is women's history for the 21st century—a magnificent and compelling work."—Katha Pollitt, author of The Mind-Body Problem

"Christine Stansell’s The Feminist Promise is a landmark in women’s history—a remarkable and thoughtful narrative of the many movements and struggles that have shaped the lives of American women (and men) over two centuries and into our own time. "—Alan Brinkley, Allan Nevins Professor of American History, Columbia University


"Christine Stansell’s The Feminist Promise is a unique, elegant, learned sweep through more than two centuries of women’s efforts to overcome the most fundamental way that human beings have been wrongly divided into the leaders and the lead. It’s full of surprises from the past and guiding lights for the future."—Gloria Steinem

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