This major new history of European women's professional activities and organizational roles during the 'long' nineteenth century examines what women could and could not do if they sought activity, purpose, or recognition beyond their own homes. Linda L. Clark surveys women's achievements in literature, art, music, theater, charity, education, medicine, law, and public administration, and examines the relationship between women's professional and philanthropic activity and the rise of feminist organizations. She shows that, despite continuing legal, cultural, and familial obstacles, thousands of ambitious women pursued professional activities for reasons that often combined economic need with aspirations to do meaningful work and gain public recognition. Detailing women's accomplishments from England to Russia, this unique survey enables readers to connect individual life stories with larger political, social, and economic contexts between 1789 and 1914 and is essential reading for students of modern European history, women's history, and gender studies.Read more
- The first comprehensive survey of the professional and public lives of nineteenth century European women
- Features discussions of prominent figures such as George Sand, Mary Wollstencraft, Marie Curie and Germaine de Stael
- Essential reading for students of modern European history, women's history, and gender studies
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'The book will be a worthwhile addition to any women's history student's library.' Don Vincent, The Open University History Society
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- Date Published: April 2008
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521658782
- length: 312 pages
- dimensions: 228 x 150 x 20 mm
- weight: 0.51kg
- contains: 23 b/w illus.
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
Introduction: women and achievement, reality and rhetoric
1. Women and the revolutionary era: negotiating public and private spaces, 1760s–early 1800s
2. Women and literature: authorship, publication, audience
3. Women and the arts: training, performance, fame
4. Caring and power: from charity to social reform
5. Extending education: learning and teaching
6. From education to other professions
7. Organizing for women's rights: leaders and supporters
Epilogue: looking beyond 1914
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Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses
- 19th-Century Europe
- European Readings
- Women and History
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