Feminism

Freedom, Feminism, and the State, ed. by Wendy McElroy (New York: Holmes and Meier, 1991). A collection of individualist feminist writings -- both historical and contemporary -- edited by a feminist scholar.

A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, by Mary Wollstonecraft (1792; New York: W. W. Norton, 1967). This stirring case for the rights of women by a radical individualist launched the movement for equal rights.

A Wollstonecraft Anthology, edited by Janet M. Todd (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1977). Contains a useful biographical introduction as well as excerpts from her reply to Edmund Burke (A Vindication of the Rights of Men) and her case for the rights of women (A Vindication of the Rights of Woman).

An American Anarchist: The Life of Voltairine de Cleyre, by Paul Avrich (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1978). The story of a courageous feminist individualist (author of Anarchism and American Traditions) who participated in the major political movements of the turn of the century.

Reclaiming the Mainstream: Individualist Feminism Rediscovered, by Joan Kennedy Taylor (Buffalo: Prometheus Books, 1992). An important restatement of feminist thought, returning it to its roots as an individualist movement, with applications to contemporary problems, such as sexual harassment, affirmative action and comparable worth, sexual and reproductive choice, and more.

Forbidden Grounds: The Case Against Employment Discrimination Laws, by Richard A. Epstein (Cambridge, Mass: Harvard University Press, 1992). Epstein provides a powerful argument for repeal of "anti-discrimination" laws governing the private workplace.

In Defense of Modernity: Role Complexity and Individual Autonomy, by Rose Laub Coser (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1991). Coser presents a powerful defense of modern liberal society against its coercive-communitarian critics, with special emphasis on the liberation of women in modern complex society.

Gender Justice, by David L. Kirp, Mark G. Yudoff, and Marlene Strong Franks (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1986). An interesting and useful look at issues involved in attaining equality between the sexes.

Equity and Gender: The Comparable Worth Debate, by Ellen Frankel Paul (New Brunswick: Transaction Publishers, 1989). A careful and critical look at the case for determining wages through the state rather than the market.

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