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Infidel feminism – Secularism, religion and women's emancipation, England 1830–1914 - Manchester Scholarship Online
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Infidel feminism: Secularism, religion and women's emancipation, England 1830–1914

Laura Schwartz


This book studies a distinctive brand of women's rights that emerged out of the Victorian Secularist movement, and looks at the lives and work of a number of female activists, whose renunciation of religion shaped their struggle for emancipation. Anti-religious or secular ideas were fundamental to the development of feminist thought, but have, until now, been almost entirely passed over in the historiography of the Victorian and Edwardian women's movement. In uncovering an important tradition of freethinking feminism, the book reveals an ongoing radical and free love current connecting Owenite ... More

Keywords: women's rights, Victorian Secularist movement, female activists, feminist thought, Victorian women's movement, Edwardian women's movement, Owenite feminism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780719085826
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2013 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719085826.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Laura Schwartz, author