Feminism: A Very Short Introduction, Paperback

Feminism: A Very Short Introduction Paperback

Part of the Very Short Introductions series

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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. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area.

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 176 pages, numerous halftones
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Social & cultural history
  • ISBN: 9780192805102



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Rather than being a history of feminism, this book is almost entirely a history of the suffrage movement in the UK. Only passing mention is given to modern feminism, and even less to feminism anywhere else in the world.It might do a decent job at the material it covers, but is far narrower in scope than it professes to be.