The Essential Feminist Reader

Including Susan B Anthony, Simone de Beauvoir, W.E.B Du Bois, H l ne Cixous, Betty Friedan, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Emma Goldman, Guerrilla Girls, Ding Ling, Audre Lorde, John Stuart Mill, Christine de Pizan, Adrienne Rich, Margaret Sanger, Huda Shaarawi, Sojourner Truth, Mary Wollstonecraft, and Virginia Woolf.The Essential Feminist Reader is the first anthology to pIncluding Susan B Anthony, Simone de Beauvoir, W.E.B Du Bois, H l ne Cixous, Betty Friedan, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Emma Goldman, Guerrilla Girls, Ding Ling, Audre Lorde, John Stuart Mill, Christine de Pizan, Adrienne Rich, Margaret Sanger, Huda Shaarawi, Sojourner Truth, Mary Wollstonecraft, and Virginia Woolf.The Essential Feminist Reader is the first anthology to present the full scope of feminist history Prizewinning historian Estelle B Freedman brings decades of teaching experience and scholarship to her selections, which span than five centuries Moving beyond standard texts by English and American thinkers, this collection features primary source material from around the globe, including short works of fiction and drama, political manifestos, and the work of less well known writers Freedman s cogent Introduction assesses the challenges facing feminism, while her accessible, lively commentary contextualizes each piece The Essential Feminist Reader is a vital addition to feminist scholarship, and an invaluable resource for anyone interested in the history of women.
The Essential Feminist Reader Including Susan B Anthony Simone de Beauvoir W E B Du Bois H l ne Cixous Betty Friedan Charlotte Perkins Gilman Emma Goldman Guerrilla Girls Ding Ling Audre Lorde John Stuart Mill Christine

  • Title: The Essential Feminist Reader
  • Author: Estelle B. Freedman Christine de Pizan
  • ISBN: 9780812974607
  • Page: 448
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “The Essential Feminist Reader”

    1. Nice readI like how it doesn't solely concentrate on Western feminism, or on just the Second/Third wave. There is much to learn here about African/Chinese/Japanese/Swedish/French/German/Indian/South American feminist movements and revolts. Of course the classics are contained, such as de Beauvoir, Mary Wollstonecraft, Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Audre Lorde, Betty Friedan, etc. I'd have liked to have seen Valerie Solanas' oft-overlooked S.C.U.M. Manifesto included, but one can't wi [...]

    2. This was an informative introduction to feminism, but it was difficult to glean much depth from the excerpts provided, as they were shortened and cut down to about 3-6 pages each. Additionally, many of the excerpts were repetitive since the anthology featured a broad number of writers/theorists, all promoting the same message of gender equality. Still, as the passages were placed chronologically by publication date, it was interesting to see how the priorities of the women's rights movement chan [...]

    3. Several old favorites. I was particularly excited to revisit Engels and Cixous. I was also excited to experience my first encounter with "flowers in the mirror" by Li Ju-Chen, which is a satirical story written in China in 1800 that Imagens a gender role reversal and demonstrates the absurdity of foot binding by having it occur to a man in order to please the emperor, who is a woman. Without a doubt, though, the best piece of writing in this entire text with what I have not encountered before, b [...]

    4. A good anthology of feminist writings across a broad spectrum of time, location, and experience. It includes the proto-feminist writings of medieval and renaissance monks, nuns, and laypersons, many well-known 1st, 2nd, and 3rd wave writings, as well as some lesser-known material from a variety of locations and perspectives. While the selection of writings leaned towards liberal-feminism, I appreciated the inclusion of radical and black feminist tracts and manifestos, as well as a good amount of [...]

    5. This collection did a satisfying job incorporating works from a variety of contexts and writers (i.e,. authors weren't all white American/Western European upper-class women). I was particularly pleased when essays would refer to works I had read earlier in the collection. Although, many speeches began to sound repetitive. I would have enjoyed more works of satire, fiction, and poetry to mix it up.

    6. The Essential Feminist Reader is a collection of feminist essays edited and compiled by Estelle B. Freedman, a U.S. historian specializing in women's history at Stanford University.The essays in the book span time and geography. We begin with an essay published in France in 1405 by Christine de Pizan, who lamented, "in my folly I considered myself most unfortunate because God has made me inhabit a female body;" we conclude with a statement issued in 2004 by a women's group from Afghanistan, cele [...]

    7. This serves as a good introduction to feminism in that it covers a wide variety of topics and forms of feminism. I was surprised that it featured documents dating back to the 15th century. Also, it provides documents from Africa, Asia, and Latin America, so there are other perspectives that from a western point of view.

    8. This book did a great job of including women of color, women who don't identify as heterosexual, and those that aren't from the Western world. I also enjoyed that a few pieces by male-identified writers were included. It offered a wide range of opinions and ideas from a long span of time.

    9. p. 200-204 WILPF women's Internation League of Peace and Freedom warned that the Treaty of Versailles would lead to more wars. other things.p. 205 Dubois woman must have lifework and economic indepenced the right of motherhood [right to choose] at her own discretion=education, career, sexual freedom and birth controlp. 215 Margaret Sanger "Any means of freedom which will enable women to think and live for themselves first will be attacked as immoral bye church and society.p. 216 *** first three [...]

    10. Great book for anyone who wants an outline of the basics of feminist history (and a bit of theory). Highly recommend to anyone trying to get a sense of which feminist writers from pre-2004 are most interesting to them personally, just as a jumping-off point. These snippets definitely don't go in-depth (and they aren't supposed to), so this really isn't THE FEMINIST BOOK that some people might assume it to be. That being said, I found the introductions incredibly useful and interesting.

    11. The fact that this anthology contains selections of feminists around that world –like the Mexican Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz (seventeen century) or the Brazilian Francisca Diniz (nineteen century), or the Committee on the Status of Women in India (twentieth century), and not just your predominant standard English and U.S. feminist thinkers –becomes then an invaluable resource for everyone interested in the history of women.When a group of outstanding Canadian women –among them Margaret Atw [...]

    12. Although this collection contains an interesting selection of essays on women stretching an expanse of time (15th century to present) and distance (China, India, the Middle East and the West), it doesn't take long before the ideas start to get repetitive. While each of these pieces were fresh and applicable at the time of their presentations, they make for a burdensome read, one after another, as a compilation.What I found most interesting here were the blurbs about different authors. Sometimes [...]

    13. I'm not a fan of anthologies like this, but my main objection to these is the ways in which they edit lengthy texts. What can I say, except that I like to read a work entirely. With that caveat, I think The Essential Feminist Reader is an excellent collection of works, and it goes a long way to not only introduce the reader to the essential works of feminist literature. When you sit down to read this collection, you realize just how interconnected race, class, and sexuality are to feminist theor [...]

    14. Great selection of texts, not just focused on modern 20th century feminism, but spanning hundreds of years. It's actually quite jarring to see that, despite the many advances of feminism, women still face many of the same issues that not only our mothers and grandmothers faced but also our great-grandmothers and great-great-grandmothers. There's also a great emphasis on intersectionality and the importance of black and non-western feminism, which I think is crucial to third wave feminism and the [...]

    15. This is a good, comprehensive intro to feminist writing and theory, and has been a helpful jumping-off point for me. I haven't read much feminist writing, but the backslide we've seen in the last couple of years with regard to reproductive rights has made me want to read more, and become more informed about feminism and where it stands today. Also, I enjoy reading this kind of thing at work, and talking about it with my fellow female coworkers, because it really annoys the sexist asshole at the [...]

    16. This is a wonderful compilation of various feminist essays, speeches, sometimes art. I haven't read a whole lot of feminist theory or ideology before this, so I felt like the book has greatly expanded my understanding of the subject. My only problem with it is that the passages are very short, three-four pages max on most of them. Which works if you want a quick glance over the history of feminism, but if you're expecting something more in depth, it'll be necessary to follow this up with other b [...]

    17. Finding this books was something of a lifesaver for me as I pull together fall syllabi and course materials. Most of the authors I am assigning for an intro course are represented. It covers good ground and very kindly starts a few hundred years ago (happy to see Mary Wollstonecraft and earlier) and brings us to nearly the present (Jennifer Baumgardner and Amy Richards). The pieces are short/truncated, which would be frustrating for those who want to delve more deeply into each, but they are a s [...]

    18. 3.5 stars. I completely agree with the title of this book-- the writings included in it are, indeed, "essential". That said, I'd read many of them beforehand, and so I can't give it more than a three and a half star rating because I didn't REALLY enjoy it reading some of these essays a second time. On the other hand, this book would be absolutely perfect as a primer/ introduction to feminist thought for a college course, and therefore, the book definitely serves its purpose as an excellent refer [...]

    19. I enjoyed it. It had some old (1800) essays, and such. Overall it gave me a a Continental philosophy, and whole timeline of the feminist movement. It is important as man I think to be humbled by some of the struggles of this other gender that is half of the world. We talk about racial oppression but a race is usually under 50% of the population. But when 50% of the world is basically oppressed it raises some questions. This book will deliver some answers about what we can do, and how you can cha [...]

    20. Readers are usually pretty annoying. If you don't have time to go to the sources though, and want a nice selection of foundational feminist work, this is a good option. It actually exposed me to some things I had no idea about and look forward to reading in full-- including Helene Cixous and Li Ju-Chen's Flowers in the Mirror.

    21. This book was required for my Women and Gender Studies course, and we read extensively some of the excerpts from it for class. I really wanted to read the whole entire book, including the chapters we didn't cover - and after 2 years, I finally did it!!It can be dense, so you will want to read it in short chunks - but all in all, it is a really great introduction to feminism and includes a global perspective throughout history on the issue, along with relevant historical contexts!

    22. The book is a collection of excerpts from writings on the need for gender equality from all over the world throughout history.This book introduced me to feminist writings that I probably never would've known existed, and it took only the important excerpts from the books which some people might not like, but I thought it was good because it left room for the other writings.Overall, I loved it so much, and it made me really want to read the full versions of the books that were included.

    23. Exactly what it says on the cover, this covers some of the most revolutionary literature in the women's movement from Mary Wollstonecraft's A Vindication of the Rights of Woman to Betty Friedan's The Feminine Mystique, with lots more besides. I appreciated that this was a mainstream feminism book that did not ignore the intersectionality of racism and sexism and that plenty of texts pertaining to that were included.

    24. Estelle B. Freedman's The Essential Feminist Reader was read for WST 101 Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies.Because it was read throughout the semester, the following page numbers conclude what I actually read for the class: 47-51, 57-66, 204-216, 243-250, 295-300, 331-345, 394-414, and 424-431.

    25. Haven't read all of the essays, just the ten or so I needed for school but it, first of all, is very broad - not just western feminism, and spans a large period of time, and spans a large swath of ideas. It stops, if you're wondering, around 2004, so while it won't do you much good for the essential modern writings (which is really more news) it is excellent background material.

    26. This collection features primary source material from around the globe, including short works of fiction and drama, political manifestos, and the work of less well-known writers. It begins in France,1405 to Afghanistan, 2004. The author gives a little introduction to each of the 64 pieces and it's author.This is one that I am skipping around to read what seems interesting.

    27. This was a pretty splendid collection of many classic feminist texts, along with some minor treasures, particularly the Middle Eastern excerpts. I only wish Freedman had stuck to non-fiction pieces, as the utopian novel excerpts were unentertaining, mind-numbing, overly obvious pieces of literary crap.

    28. I did not read every word of this, but I paged through all of it, remembering things I had read in high school, like Betty Freidan, and in college, like Christine de Pizan, and as an adult, like Pat Mainardi. It's as fresh and revolutionary as ever, over hundreds of years, and it reminds me of feminist history and how very much history repeats itself.

    29. This is an excellent collection of historic feminist texts from around the world, not just Western Europe and North America. It showcases a range of perspectives from a variety of cultures and creeds. All told, it’s a great anti-dote to the one-dimensional stereotypes.

    30. Interesting cross-section of feminist lit. Though I appreciated the breadth and variety of the material, I found it very difficult to read to cover to cover as the salient topics are repeated from culture to culture. I will pick this up again in the future as a reference.

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