Book ID: CBB001422038

From Eve to Evolution: Darwin, Science, and Women's Rights in Gilded Age America (2014)

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Hamlin, Kimberly Ann (Author)


University of Chicago Press


Publication Date: 2014
Physical Details: vii + 238 pp.; ill.; notes; index
Language: English

From Eve to Evolution provides the first full-length study of American women's responses to evolutionary theory and illuminates the role science played in the nineteenth-century women's rights movement. Kimberly A. Hamlin reveals how a number of nineteenth-century women, raised on the idea that Eve's sin forever fixed women's subordinate status, embraced Darwinian evolution---especially sexual selection theory as explained in The Descent of Man---as an alternative to the creation story in Genesis. Hamlin chronicles the lives and writings of the women who combined their enthusiasm for evolutionary science with their commitment to women's rights, including Antoinette Brown Blackwell, Eliza Burt Gamble, Helen Hamilton Gardener, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, and Elizabeth Cady Stanton. These Darwinian feminists believed evolutionary science proved that women were not inferior to men, that it was natural for mothers to work outside the home, and that women should control reproduction. The practical applications of this evolutionary feminism came to fruition, Hamlin shows, in the early thinking and writing of the American birth control pioneer Margaret Sanger. Much scholarship has been dedicated to analyzing what Darwin and other male evolutionists had to say about women, but very little has been written regarding what women themselves had to say about evolution. From Eve to Evolution adds much-needed female voices to the vast literature on Darwin in America.

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Authors & Contributors
Hamlin, Kimberly Ann
Mazzeo, Marco
Roberta Visone
Werth, Barry
Stenhouse, John
Sharp, Patrick B.
Journals
Osiris: A Research Journal Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences
Laboratorio dell'ISPF
Azimuth
Science and Education
Isis: International Review Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences
Comptes Rendus Biologies
Publishers
University of Texas at Austin
Arizona State University
Wiley-Blackwell
Vantilt
Southern Illinois University Press
Routledge
Concepts
Darwinism
Evolution
Science and religion
Science and gender
Sexual selection
Science and race
People
Darwin, Charles Robert
Wharton, Edith
Wallace, Alfred Russel
Spencer, Herbert
Lincoln, Abraham
Joyce, James
Time Periods
19th century
20th century, early
20th century
21st century
18th century
17th century
Places
United States
Great Britain
Scotland
South America
Netherlands
New Zealand
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