To read the history of ancient Greece as it has been written for centuries is to enter a thoroughly male world. This book, a comprehensive history of women in the Archaic and Classical Ages, completes our picture of ancient Greek society.
...a study of laws, religious practices, social customs, economic patterns, and political consciousness that have affected generations of wives: in ancient Greece ....medieval Europe, where marriage was infused with religious meaning; during the Reformation and the Age of Enlightenment, when ideals of companionate marriage came to the fore; and in twentieth-century America.
Perspective on one of world history's most exotic and familiar cultures....Gay Robins discusses the role of royal women, queenship and its divine connotations, and describes the exceptional women who broke the bounds of tradition by assuming real power.
Literary and historical perspectives, including "Women and the Italian Inquisitions," "Shakespeare's Comic Heroines, Elizabeth I, and the Political Uses of Androgyny," AND "Countess of Pembroke and the Art of Dying."
From Seneca Falls in upstate New York to the barricades of revolutionary Paris, from the Crystal Palace in London to small towns in the German Rhineland, early feminists united to fight for the cause of women.
Stanford professor and award-winning author Estelle B. Freedman examines the historical forces that have fueled the feminist movement over the past two hundred years and explores how women today are looking to feminism for new approaches to issues of work, family, sexuality, and creativity.
The author quotes extensively from diaries, wills, letters, guild and parish records, and autobiographical sources to develop a fascinating account of the many activities and contributions women made to European society.
By looking at women who derive their power from their sexuality, the author offers a trenchant cultural critique of contemporary gender relations. Beginning with Delilah, the first woman to supposedly bring a great man down, the author finds many biblical counterparts to the men and women in today's headlines.
After two years of photography sessions and interviews in every thinkable location, from a rooftop in New York City to the women's ward of a prison...the result is a fun and inspiring collection of portraits - in words and pictures.
Analyzing feudalism in Europe and Japan and European expropriation of lands and peoples...French poses a provocative question: how and why did women, with no power or independence, nourish and preserve the family unit and their own culture?