Documenting First Wave Feminisms: Volume 1: Transnational Collaborations and Crosscurrents
Published: January 2012© 2011
434 Pages, 6.28 x 9.30 x 1.17 in, 5 b&w illustrations
Contemporary feminists are used to juggling many different identities at once, balancing affiliations based on race, nation, class, and sexuality. First-wave feminists also negotiated—or failed to negotiate—similar tensions in their international organizing. Using primary documents dating from the abolitionist movement to the Second World War, Maureen Moynagh and Nancy Forestell investigate the tensions inherent in organizing early transnational feminist movements.
Documenting First Wave Feminisms: Volume 1 provides a historical framework to bring together voices of women both canonical and less well known, from Mary Wollstonecraft to Mabel Dove, who were active in feminist movements in all corners of the world. Suffrage, imperialism, citizenship, sexuality, and moral reform are shown to be key issues in a variety of exchanges across North America, Europe, the global south, and the Pan-Pacific region. This source book is as nuanced as first-wave feminism itself and will prove a valuable resource for studying women's rights in an increasingly globalized world.
General Introduction: Documenting First Wave Feminisms
Volume Introduction: Transnational Collaborations and Crosscurrents
- Slavery, Abolition, and Women's Rights
- Imperial Feminisms
- Moral Reform, Sexuality, and Birth Control
‘This impressive anthology is a welcome and needed addition to the field of feminist studies ... In one handy volume it provides an exceptional resource.’Bonnie S. Anderson, Histories sociale/Social History
‘Documenting First Wave Feminisms is an outstanding scholarly project that will be of immense value to scholars and students all across the globe. There is no comparable collection of documents that tracks women’s rights movements and feminisms with such exceptional topical and chronological coverage.’Nancy Hewitt, Department of History, Rutgers University
‘The editors have done an impressive job finding documents from non-Euroamerican sources, especially from the global South. Their introductions to each section and biographical introductions to each author included are also impressive, demonstrating that they are clearly very well versed in the relevant literature.’Leila J. Rupp, Department of Feminist Studies, University of California at Santa Barbara