New York: McClure, Phillips & Co, 1904. First edition. Original brown publisher's cloth binding with gilt to spine and front board. Spine mildly toned; small spots to rear edge of spine and rear board. Front hinge just a touch loose, but in all textblock is square and tight. Internally clean and unmarked. A pleasing copy of an important book by one of America's leading women's activists, whose work exposed the economic factors caused by and resulting in continued sexual inequality.
"This book is a study of the economic processes of society, explaining the immediate causes of a large part of our human suffering, and suggesting certain simple, swift, and easy changes of mind by which we may so alter our processes so as to avoid that suffering and promote our growth and happiness." So opens suffragist and women's rights activist Charlotte Perkins Gilman's groundbreaking analysis on the relationship between economics and sex. Maintaining that women carried equal intellectual capacity to men, she argues that it is the "sexuo-economic oppression of women" and not biological inferiority that prevented women from participating in (and profiting from) certain types of work. "Accusing men of appropriating certain work as 'men's work' and masking the process as a biological locus rather than an exercise in power relations, Gilman asserts that men created an economic dependence that has prevented women from success in the workplace" (Kimmel & Moynihan). From this inequity springs suffering not only for women but for their families and society at large. Ultimately, the best course for improving overall social conditions is addressing the systemic sexual-economic inequities that hold women back from both contributing work to the community and benefiting from that work. Near Fine (Item #3143)