This new edition of The Woman Question brings together the most influential analyses
of women's position in society to have emerged in the past decade. When the First
Edition appeared in 1982 it rapidly established itself as a definitive selection
of classic feminist writings. This wide-ranging new set of readings reflects the
challenges and complexities of feminism in the 1990s.
The discussion encompasses both theoretical issues of identity and the economic and
political status of women. It demonstrates the impact of gender not only on how the
social world is organized but on how we understand and interpret that world. Recognizing
the diversity of women's experiences, it pays particular attention to the interactions
of race, class, gender and sexuality.
Leading feminists explore the concept of gender difference, its impact on women and
its representation in culture. They discuss the material realities of women's lives
and how these are differentiated by race. They examine women's relation to powerful
institutions, especially the state, and analyze the successes, failures and contradictions
of feminist politics.
The Woman Question is essential reading for students and lecturers in women's studies,
sociology and politics, as well as offering to the general reader an accessible overview
of feminism today.