1st Edition

Women in Movement (Routledge Revivals) Feminism and Social Action

By Sheila Rowbotham Copyright 1992
    392 Pages
    by Routledge

    370 Pages
    by Routledge

    First published in 1992, this book is an historical introduction to a wide range of women’s movements from the late eighteenth-century to the date of its publication. It describes economic, social and political ideas which have inspired women to organize, not only in Europe and North America, but also in the Third World.

    Sheila Rowbotham outlines a long history of women’s challenges to the gender bias in political and economical concepts. She shows women laying claim to rights and citizenship, while contesting male definitions of their scope, and seeking to enlarge the meaning of economy through action around consumption and production, environmental protests and welfare projects.

    Foreword;  Series Editor’s Preface;  Acknowledgements;  Introduction;  General Introduction;  1. What Do Women Want?  2. Women, Power, and Politics  Part I: Rights, Sovereignty, and Emancipation  3. The Tocsin of Reason: Women in the French Revolution  4. A New Moral World: Early Radicals, Cooperators, and Socialists  5. The Abolition of Slavery and Women’s Emancipation  6. Class and Community: women and the Chartist Movement  7. Women in Revolution: The Nineteenth-Century France  8. Equality and Individualism: Harriet Taylor and John Stuart Mill  Part II: Changing Personal Life  9. Sensuous Spirits: Victoria Woodhull and Tennessee Claflin  10. Transforming Domestic Life: Cooperatives and the State  11. Moral Uplift, Social Purity, and Temperance  Part III: Political Movements and Social Action  12. Nationalist Movements and Women’s Place  13. Social Reform: protection by The State  14. Welfare and Social Action  15. Socialism, Women, and the New Life  16. Marxists and the Woman Question  17. Anarchism and Rebel Women  Part IV: Political Power: Reform and Revolution  18. The Suffrage: Patriots and Internationalists  19. Women and Revolution in Russia  20. Indian Women and Self-Rule  21. The Long March of Chinese Women  Part V: Identity and Difference  22. Sexual Politics  23. Battles around Boundaries: Conflicting Strategies after World War I  Part VI: Recent Women’s Movements and Social Protest  24. "Borings" and Beginnings: Origins of Women’s Liberation in Many Countries  25. Personal Politics: Changing Definitions Through Action  26. Knots: Theoretical Debates  27. The Protests Without a name: Women in collective Action;  Conclusion;  Notes;  Further Reading;  Index


    Sheila Rowbotham is a Writer in Residence in the Eccles Centre for American Studies in the British Library and an Honorary fellow at the Universities of Manchester and Bristol. She is also a Fellow of the Royal Society. She helped to found the Women’s Liberation Movement in the early 1970s and has written many books on women’s and labour history. These include A Century of Women; Promise of a Dream: Remembering the Sixties and Edward Carpenter: A Life of Liberty and Love which was awarded the Lambda Literary Prize for Gay Biography in the US and short listed for the James Tait Black Memorial Prize. Her poems and two plays have also been published. Her most recent work, Dreamers of a New Day: Women who Invented the Twentieth Century, describes American and British women’s ideas and plans for changing daily life from the 1880s to the 1920s and was published in 2010.