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Feminism

A Very Short Introduction
Narrated by: Allyson Johnson
Length: 4 hrs and 31 mins
Categories: Non-fiction, Gender Issues
3.5 out of 5 stars (28 ratings)

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Summary

This is a historical account of feminism that looks at the roots of feminism, voting rights, and the liberation of the 60s, and analyzes the current situation of women across Europe, in the United States, and elsewhere in the world, particularly the Third World countries.

Walters examines the difficulties and inequities that women still face, more than 40 years after the "new wave" of 1960s feminism - difficulties, particularly, in combining domesticity, motherhood and work outside the home. How much have women's lives really changed? In the West, women still come up against the "glass ceiling" at work, with 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, Islam, Hinduism, the Middle East, Africa, and on the Indian sub-continent?

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©2005 Oxford University Press (P)2009 Audible, Inc.

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  • 03-01-11

Useful

Useful, focusing on the history of the British Feminist movement, outlines some of the major names and will give ideas for wider reading to gain a better context. Finishing with some interesting ideas on the future of the Feminist movement and what it means to/in the non-western/developing world.

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A great starting point for a historical feminism or gender studies student

A solid introduction that offers a novice contemplating gender studies a good template from which to start looking for themes or specific issues of feminism that may really interest them. It pricks the surface of many themes and thesis without digging too deep.

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history not definitions

this is more like a history rather than going through different definitions and schools of feminism