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Men and the Making of Modern British Feminism$
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Arianne Chernock

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780804763110

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804763110.001.0001

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Conclusion: The Champion's Legacy

Conclusion: The Champion's Legacy

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(p.131) Conclusion: The Champion's Legacy
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Men and the Making of Modern British Feminism
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Stanford University Press
DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804763110.003.0007

This chapter reviews the men's paths for developing British feminism into the nineteenth century. Some of them abandoned feminism after the revolutionary moment had passed, while others still supported and worked for domestic reform. Men's specific contributions to the creation of modern British feminism lay in institution-building and networking. Some of the more ultraradical men in this late Enlightenment vanguard built powerful and innovative critiques of the legal and political systems, and supplied several recommendations directed at enhancing women's civil status. The continuities between “revolutionary” feminism and the feminisms that emerged in Britain in the ensuing decades become only more clear when individual “champions'” paths are considered into the nineteenth century. It is noted that the liberation of women would necessarily liberate men.

Keywords:   British feminism, domestic reform, institution-building, networking, civil status, Britain, champions, liberation

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