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Feminism: A Very Short Introduction [#141]
Feminism: A Very Short Introduction [#141]
  • There are no other short, concise introductions to the subject currently available
  • Combines sound historical background, with thought-provoking questions about the future of feminism
  • Tackles current issues concerning feminism in Third World countries

How much have women's lives really changed? In the West women still come up against the 'glass ceiling' at work, most earning considerably less than their male counterparts. What are we to make of the now commonplace insistence that feminism deprives men of their rights and dignities? And how does one tackle the issue of female emancipation in different cultural and economic environments - in, for example, the Middle East, the Indian sub-continent, and Africa?
This book provides an historical account of feminism, exploring its earliest roots as well as key issues including voting rights, the liberation of the sixties, and its relevance today. Margaret Walters touches on the difficulties and inequities that women still face more than forty years after the 'new wave' of 1960s feminism, such as how successful women are at combining domesticity, motherhood, and work outside the house. She brings the subject completely up to date by providing an analysis of the current situation of women across the globe, from Europe and the United States to Third World countries.


1: Introduction: The rights and wrongs of women
2: Pioneers
3: Voting Rights
4: The Personal is the Political: Liberation in the Twentieth Century
5: In a New Century
6: Women Across the World

About the author: 

Margaret Walters did a B.Litt at Oxford, went on to lecture in English at Reading University for 20 years, and is now a freelance writer and reviewer: she is currently working on a book entitled Femme Fatale for Cape, and she reviews for the TLS and the Sunday Times.

"An enjoyable read." - Rosie Blau, FT Magazine

Product details

ISBN : 9780192805102

Margaret Walters
176 Pages
111 x 174 mm
Pub date
Oct 2005
Very Short Introductions
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Feminism: A Very Short Introduction [#141]

Feminism: A Very Short Introduction [#141]

Feminism: A Very Short Introduction [#141]