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April 27 1759 is the birthday of Mary Wollstonecraft, remembered today as one of the earliest modern feminists (although the Oxford English Dictionary doesn’t record the word ‘feminist’ in usage until 1852). Her work A Vindication of the Rights of Woman is a landmark text in the history of feminist writing, appearing, as it did, […]more
The film star Emma Watson gave a speech at the United Nations this September to launch “He For She” — a campaign asking men to get involved in the fight for gender equality. The speech drew approbation and ire in equal measure. Vanity Fair called it a “game changer” but fourth wave feminists were less […]more
With International Women’s Day being celebrated today, journalist and writer Anne Sexton looks at the long and inglorious history of the word ‘slut’, and explains why gender-neutral language is still a hot topic. Is language partially responsible for gender inequality, Miss? In February 2012 the French government banned the term of address mademoiselle from all official […]more
To celebrate International Women’s Day, here is an extract on feminism from the Dictionary of Critical Theory, edited by Ian Buchanan. Feminism One of the most important social movements of the past two centuries and certainly the social movement which has brought about the most enduring and progressive transformation of human society on a global […]more