Joyous Greetings: The First International Women's Movement, 1830-1860
Over one hundred fifty years ago, champions of women's rights in the United States, Britain, France, and Germany formed the world's earliest international feminist movement. Joyous Greetings is the first book to tell their story.
From Seneca Falls in upstate New York to the barricades of revolutionary Paris, from the Crystal Palace in London to small towns in the German Rhineland, early feminists united to fight for the cause of women. At the height of the Victorian period, they insisted their sex deserved full political equality, called for a new kind of marriage based on companionship, claimed the right to divorce and to get custody of their children, and argued that an unjust economic system forced women into poorly paid jobs. They rejected the traditional view that women's subordination was preordained, natural, and universal. In restoring these daring activists' achievements to history, Joyous Greetings passes on their inspiring and empowering message to today's new generation of feminists.
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Joyous greetings: the first international women's movement, 1830-1860User Review - Not Available - Book Verdict
According to a widely accepted 19th-century truism, men were the head, women the heart. In the early 1800s, this narrow concept was causing a small coterie of female activists to bristle. Anderson's ... Read full review
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If you understand this book is less about a mass feminist movement than a trans-Atlantic network of feminist thinkers and activists, Anderson's arguments are much more convincing. Quick read and the figures she profiles are fascinating and inspiring. Read full review