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Women: A Feminist Perspective
2nd Edition
edited by Jo Freeman

Mayfield Publishing Company (1979).
(Out of Print)

Table of Contents

By its publication in 1979, new studies were being done on women from a feminist perspective which were displacing the traditional view that women's place was in the home. This edition contains this new scholarship, but still retains the passion of the early feminists. Because women's studies courses were becoming more specialized, the content emphasizes the social sciences.

Women: A Feminist Perspective

Out of Print but sometimes available used


Preface by Jo Freeman

Introduction by Jo Freeman

Part One: The Body and its Control

- Woman's Biology: Mankind's Destiny: The Population Explosion and Women's Changing Roles
by Merry Bolt, Anne Wilson, and Wendy Larsen

- Female Sexual Alienation
by Linda Phelps

- Women, Health, and Medicine
by Barbara Katz Rothman

- The Rape Culture
by Dianne Herman

- Abortion: The Controversial Choice
by Nadean Bishop

Part Two: In and Out of the Family

- The Origin of the Family
by Kathleen Gough

- Power in Dating Relationships
by Letitia Anne Peplau

- The Mother Role
by Jessie Bernard

- Who Shall Care for Our Children? The History and Development of Day Care in the United States
by Rosalyn F. Baxandall

Part Three: Growing up Female

- Sex Role Socialization
by Lenore J. Weitzman

- How to Discriminate Against Women Without Really Trying
by Jo Freeman

- The Double Standard: Age
by Inge Powell Bell

- The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Mother
by Pauline Bart

Part Four: The Working Woman

- Women in the Labor Force: An Overview
by Francine D. Blau

- Women and Unemployment: Assessing the Biggest Myths
by Kay Lehman Schlozman

- Clerical Work: The Female Occupation
by Evelyn Nakano Glenn and Roslyn L. Feldberg

- "Union Is Power": Sketches from Women's Labor History
by Barbara M. Wertheimer

- Women in the Professions: Psychological and Social Barriers to Women in Science
by Martha S. White

- Trust, Loyalty, and the Place of Women in the Informal Organization of Work
by Judith Lorber

Part Five: Institutions of Social Control

- Feminism and the Law
by Mary Eastwood

- American Women and the Political Process
by Naomi B. Lynn

- Black Women and the Pursuit of Equality
by Elizabeth M. Almquist

- Why Witches Were Women
by Mary Nelson

- Violence: The Most Obscene Fantasy
by Laura Shapiro

- The Sexual Politics of Interpersonal Behavior
by Nancy Henley and Jo Freeman

- Sexism and the English Language: The Linguistic Implications of Being a Woman
by Karen L. Adams and Norma C. Ware

- Women as a Minority Group
by Helen Mayer Hacker

Part Six: Feminism

- The Historical Background
by Viola Klein

- The First Feminists
by Judith Hole and Ellen Levine

- The Women's Liberation Movement: Its Origins, Organizations, Activities, and Ideas
by Jo Freeman

- Feminist Consciousness and Black Women
by Pauline Terrelonge Stone

- Male Power and the Women's Movement
by Barbara Bovee Polk


Contemporary Psychology: A Journal of Reviews, May 1979.

The Organization for Equal Education of the Sexes, Inc., TABS: Aids for Ending Sexism in School, Vol. III, No. 3, 1980, p. 16.


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