This title examines the French feminist's memoirs and philosophical writings, discusses
essential beliefs, and assesses her influence on the Women's movement.
Simone de Beauvoir has long been regarded as one of the founding mothers of feminism
and accepted as an inspiration to generation of feminists. The Second Sex has remained
one of the most influential of all feminist texts and de Beauvoir’s own life is regarded
as a model of that of a ‘liberated’ woman. Mary Evans argues that de Beauvoir presents
to feminists an exaggerated dichotomy between the sexes whilst at the same time advocating
the acceptance, by women, of many male patterns of thought and action.
In the sympathetic and illuminating study Mary Evans examines critically the central
premises of de Beauvoir’s work and assesses the contribution of her work - in terms
of both its negative and positive aspects - to western feminism.