Women, Equality, and the French Revolution


This work represents the first book-length study of attitudes toward women during the French Revolution and the discrepancy between its principles of liberty and equality and the suppression of women's rights. Working from original source material produced in 18th-century France, Proctor traces the striking continuity between pre-Revolutionary and post-Revolutionary thought on the equality of women, and addresses such issues as the extent of support for a sexual equality movement and how the men of the Revolution justified the contradiction of personal rights.

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