1st Edition

The Routledge Global History of Feminism

Edited By Bonnie G. Smith, Nova Robinson Copyright 2022
    616 Pages
    by Routledge

    616 Pages
    by Routledge

    Based on the scholarship of a global team of diverse authors, this wide-ranging handbook surveys the history and current status of pro-women thought and activism over millennia.

    The book traces the complex history of feminism across the globe, presenting its many identities, its heated debates, its racism, discussion of religious belief and values, commitment to social change, and the struggles of women around the world for gender justice. Authors approach past understandings and today’s evolving sense of what feminism or womanism or gender justice are from multiple viewpoints. These perspectives are geographical to highlight commonalities and differences from region to region or nation to nation; they are also chronological suggesting change or continuity from the ancient world to our digital age. Across five parts, authors delve into topics such as colonialism, empire, the arts, labor activism, family, and displacement as the means to take the pulse of feminism from specific vantage points highlighting that there is no single feminist story but rather multiple portraits of a broad cast of activists and thinkers.

    Comprehensive and properly global, this is the ideal volume for students and scholars of women’s and gender history, women’s studies, social history, political movements and feminism.


    Bonnie G. Smith and Nova Robinson

    Part 1: Feminism, What Is It?

    1. Definitions: An Overview

    Susan Kingsley Kent

    2. Foundations, Elements, Roots

    Bonnie G. Smith

    3. Varieties of Feminist Activism

    Valentine M. Moghadam

    4. Feminism as Global Endeavor

    Temma Kaplan and Nova Robinson

    Part 2: Historical Perspectives

    5. The Pre-modern World

    Mika Ahuvia and Rena Lauer

    6. The Early Modern World

    Merry E. Wiesner-Hanks

    7. The Nineteenth Century

    Hyaeweol Choi

    8. The Twentieth Century

    Rumi Yasutake with Nova Robinson

    9. The Digital Age and Beyond

    Kate Eichhorn

    Part 3: Regional Thought and Activism

    10. The Pacific

    Kirisitina Sailiata and Stephanie Nohelani Teves

    11. East Asia

    Louise Edwards, Kyungja Jung and Sally McLaren

    12. Southeast Asia

    Sharon A. Bong

    13. South Asia

    Ritty Lukose

    14. Middle East and North Africa

    Pernille Arenfeldt and Nawar Al-Hassan Golley

    15. Sub-Saharan Africa: Religion

    Ousseina D. Alidou

    16. Sub-Saharan Africa: Rights

    Shireen Hassim

    17. Europe and Russia

    Maria Bucur

    18. Latin America and the Caribbean

    Katherine M. Marino

    19. North America

    Laura K. Muñoz

    Part 4: Topics in Feminism I: Politics and Society

    20. Political Life and the Law

    Mary Hawkesworth

    21. Empire and Colonialism

    H. Hazel Hahn

    22. Decolonization

    Todd Shepard

    23. Nation and Nationalism

    Mrinalini Sinha

    24. Socialism

    Zsófia Lóránd

    25. Democracy

    Mona L. Siegel

    26. Thoughts: Disability

    Maisam Alomar

    27. Revolution

    Nefertiti Takla

    28. War, Peace, and Security

    Aili Mari Tripp and Thomas S. Worth

    29. Displacement

    Zeynep Kıvılcım

    Part 5: Topics in Feminism II: Thought, Structures, Culture

    30. Intersections, Struggles

    Natalie Cisneros

    31. Mana Wahine

    Georgina Tuari Stewart

    32. The Arts

    Jasmine Jamillah Mahmoud

    33. Thoughts: The Body and Sexuality

    Catherine Phipps

    34. Religion

    Ali Altaf Mian

    35. Race and Ethnicity

    Courtney Sato and Randa Tawil

    36. Family

    Julia Bowes

    37. Poverty, Work, and Labor

    Annelise Orleck

    38. Technology

    Cindy Lin

    39. Thoughts: Ecofeminism and the Animal World

    Laura Murray


    Bonnie G. Smith is Board of Governors Distinguished Professor of History Emerita, Rutgers University. She is the author of essays in women’s, gender, European, and world history as well as author, co-author, and editor of numerous books in these fields, including recently Women’s Studies: The Basics and Women in World History since 1450. 

    Nova Robinson is an Associate Professor of History and International Studies at Seattle University. Her research is situated at the intersection of women’s history, Middle Eastern history, and the history of international governance. Her book Truly Sisters: Arab Women and International Women’s Rights is forthcoming.