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Making Waves: A History of Feminism in Western Society
Marlene LeGates, Addison Wesley Longman Ltd.. In the U.S. at 1 Jacob Way, Reading, MA, 01867
In Canada, at 26 Prince Andrew Place, Box 580, Don Mills, Ontario M3C 2T8

This comprehensive survey is an historical perspective of the development of contemporary feminism in Europe, Great Britain, Canada, the United States, and Latin America, The book goes beyond exploring the conflict and contradictions within the many feminisms that have developed in the western world, to examine the lives of women in general in early Christian time, the medieval period, the Renaissance, early modern Europe, utopian movements and revolution, suffrage, the world wars and the interwar period, and the "second wave" of the women's movement. The chapters are short, and within each you'll find a time line, a boxed insert highlighting a prominent personality of the period, and information on women's impact on literature, politics, philosophy, and religion.

Throughout the author helps us differentiate feminist expression from other forms of protest, and see where restrictions on women and reactions to their raised voices have limited feminist expression. This is a highly readable book. In sections it can be easily assigned in both secondary and post secondary classes.


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