Feminist Theory from Margin to Center Chapter Abstracts for Teachers

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* In the Preface to the First Edition (1984), the author outlines the central theory of her book.

* The theory states that feminism was originally developed and dominated by women from the center, not women from the margins. Women from the center are generally defined as white and middle to upper class.

* In the Preface to the Second Edition (2000), the author describes how the initial attitude toward her work has changed over time.

* Feminists who originally rejected her focus on race and class as well as gender, now recognize the importance of her ideas.

* Both Prefaces state that feminism needs to be a mass movement that includes everyone: center and margin, men and women, and people of all ages and persuasions.

* Because women's status is in constant jeopardy (poverty, reproductive rights, lack of aid and health care) it is important that the movement continue and not be relegated to...

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