The Feminism Book: Big Ideas Simply Explained
Exploring more than 100 of the most important ideas, organizations, and events to have defined the feminist movement, this is an essential introduction to feminism.
The latest entry in DK’s bestselling Big Ideas series, The Feminism Book is a complete study of feminism. Trace the subject from its origins, through the suffrage campaigns of the late 19th century, to recent developments such as the Everyday Sexism Project and the #MeToo movement. Examine the ideas that underpin feminist thought through crucial figures, from Simone de Beauvoir to Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and discover the wider social, cultural, and historical context of their impact. Find out who campaigned for birth control, when the term “intersectionality” was coined, and what “postfeminism” really means in this comprehensive book.
Using the Big Ideas series’ trademark combination of authoritative, accessible text and bold graphics, the most significant concepts and theories have never been easier to understand. Includes inspirational quotations, eye-catching infographics, and clear flowcharts, The Feminism Book is a must-have for anyone with an interest in the subject.
The weaker vessel?
The 17th century was a time of political upheaval, yet the English Civil War (1642–51), followed by the restoration of the monarchy, had little impact on women. They were regarded as “the weaker vessel” – a view supported by the Christian Church and the Bible’s assertion that Eve was created from Adam’s rib. Their natural role was presumed to be only that of wife or mother.
There were exceptions. Certain nonconformist or dissenting sects, including the Anabaptists and Quakers, protested that women and men were equal before God. Not only could women attend their meetings, they could even preach. Women were also prominent in the Levellers, an egalitarian political movement of the English Civil War, but were excluded from this group’s call for wider suffrage.