Feminism: The Essential Historical Writings

Feminism: The Essential Historical Writings

by Miriam Schneir

New York: Vintage Books, 1992

ISBN 0-679-75381-8

Review Copyright © 2002 Garret Wilson

24 March 2002 10:22am

Miriam Schneir's Feminism: The Essential Historical Writings collects articles, book excerpts, and thoughts from feminists of the 18th, 19th, and early 20th centuries. As a collection, it is reasonably complete. As an appetizer, it somewhat succeeds. Its problem is context: each of the works are prefaced only by a few paragraphs describing the author's life and times, with perhaps another one or two thrown in describing her relationship with other feminists of that era.

The book lacks a common story, a framework to tie the thoughts together. Almost every excerpt included in the book is required reading, and if bundled with a short history of feminism, the compilation itself would obtain that recommendation as well.