Over the past thirty years western political philosophy has been enriched by a renewed interest in liberalism and by the development of feminism although liberalism is one of the important historical roots of feminism many contemporary feminist political philosophers reject liberal political theory. Varieties of feminist liberalism sets our agenda in the struggle for social equality deborah l rhode ernest w mcfarland professor of law stanford university in this useful volume leading liberal feminist philosophers explore the resources that liberalism makes available for feminist thought. Liberal feminism this is the variety of feminism that works within the structure of mainstream society to integrate women into that structure its roots stretch back to the social contract theory of government instituted by the american revolution. The essays in this volume present versions of feminism that are explicitly liberal or versions of liberalism that are explicitly feminist by bringing together some of the most respected and well known scholars in mainstream political philosophy today amy r baehr challenges the reader to reconsider the dominant view that liberalism and feminism are incompatible
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