Women of Ideas & What Men Have Done to Them

Women of Ideas & What
Men Have Done to Them
Dale SpenderPandora1982

With characteristic energy, humour and learning, Dale Spender has dug into the hidden past and uncovered shining examples of women’s creativity and intellectual prowess which has been suppressed or stolen by men. Men have removed women from literary and historical records and deprived women of the knowledge of their intellectual heritage. Now this lost history of women’s thought is set out for all to see.

Why didn’t we know about these women? Was it possible that we were not meant to? And if women who raised their voices against male power became but a transitory entry in the historical records, what was to be the fate of the present women’s movement?

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Table of Contents:

1. Why Didn’t I Know?
2. Objections Sustained and Over-Rules
3. Mocking Our Minds
4. Harassment
5. Aphra Behn: A Case Study

Part One: Mary Wollstonecraft and Her Foremothers
1. Alone or Together?
2. Mary, Mary, Quite contrary
3. Lady Mary Wortley Montagu
4. Grub Street
5. The Bluestockings
6. Revolution and Rebellion
7. The French Connection
8. Two is a Crowd: Catherine Macaulay
9. Mary Wollstonecraft

Part Two: 1800-1850 The Silent Years?
1. Frances Wright
2. Harriet Martineau
3. Harriet Taylor
4. Margaret Fuller
5. Anna Jameson
6. Angelina and Sarah Grimké
7. Mary Somerville
8. George Eliot

Part Three: Backwards or Forwards?
(A) North America
1. The Failure of the Women’s Movement
2. History of Woman Suffrage
3. Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony
4. The Third Person: Matilda Joslyn Gage
5. The Other Side: Lucy Stone
6. The Experience of Black Women
7. Clues and Curiosity
(B) Great Britain
1. Objections That Did Not Cease: Anna Wheeler
2. The Lady Without the Lamp: Florence Nightingale
3. Why Not For Women? Barbara Bodichon
4. Justice and Patience are not Enough: Lydia Becker
5. Murder and Matrimony: Frances Power Cobbe
6. Let Him Claim the Copyright on This! Caroline Norton
7. The Queen!
8. Traditional and Non-Traditional Jobs?
9. Hitting a Nerve: Women and Education
10. Organisation Not Legislation: Emma Paterson
11. Sexual Economics: Josephine Butler
12. And Still There Were More
13. A Life of Contradictions: Millicent Garrett Fawcett

Part Four: The Twentieth Century
Social Revolution: Process or Event?
1. Isolation: Emma Goldman
2. Birth Strikes: Margaret Sanger
3. Cerebration and Celebration: Charlotte Perkins Gilman
4. Equality Means the Same: Crystal Eastman
5. Suffrage First: Alice Paul and Crystal Eastman
6. Nowhere to Go
(B) Militant and Maligned
1. Decades of Denial
2. The Pankhursts
3. Recruits: Annie Kenney and Teresa Billington-Greig
4. Confrontation and Confirmation
5. The Treasure: Emmeline Pethick-Lawrence
6. Sex-War
7. The Delight of Defiance
8. Unable to ‘Divide and Rule’
9. Emotionalism or Objectivity
(C) Writing as Politics
1. After the Battles
2. Funding for Feminism: Lady Rhondda
3. On ‘Showing Men Up’: Cicely Hamilton
4. A Different Documentary: Elizabeth Robins
5. Feminism Old and New: Winifred Holtby
6. The Whole Duty of woman: Vera Brittain
7. Current Culpability: Rebecca West
8. Interdependence: Olive Schreiner
9. Remember Our Heritage: Ray Strachey
10. Friend or Enemy?
11. Out from Under: Dora Russell
12. Touch Politics: Virginia Woolf
13. Writing With a Vengeance
14. The ‘Other’ Politics
(D) And When There Were None…
1. Woman as Force: Mary Ritter Beard
2. On Whose Authority? Viola Klein
3. Men Have Their Cake – and Eat It Too: Mirra Komarovsky
4. Selective Breeding: Ruth Herschberger
5. The Philosophy of ‘Wrongness’: Simone de Beauvoir
6. Putting it in Perspective: Margaret Mead
7. Facing the 1950s
8. Setting the Scene: The 1960s
(E) Reinventing Rebellion
1. The Old, Old Story
2. Payment in Kind
3. Progress or Repetition?
4. Active Non Co-operation

Appendix: Life in Prison
Chronological Table