White women's rights : the racial origins of feminism in the United States / Louise Michele Newman.

Louise Newman reinterprets an important period (1870s-1920s) in the history of women's rights, focusing attention on a core contradiction at the heart of early feminist theory. At a time when white elites were concerned with imperialist projects and civilizing missions, progressive white women...

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Main Author: Newman, Louise Michele.
Format: Book
Published: New York : Oxford University Press, 1999.
Table of Contents:
  • Woman's rights, race, and imperialism
  • Evolution, woman's rights, and civilizing missions
  • The making of a white female citizenry : suffragism, antisuffragism, and race
  • The politics of patriarchal protection : debates over coeducation and special labor legislation for women
  • A feminist explores Africa : May French-Sheldon's subversion of patriarchal protection
  • Assimilating primitives : the "Indian problem" as a "woman question"
  • Eliminating sex distinctions from civilization : the feminist theories of Charlotte Perkins Gilman and Mary Roberts Smith Coolidge
  • Coming of age, but not in Samoa : reflections on Margaret Mead's legacy to western liberal feminism.