The Woman Question

Theresa Ann Smith

in The Emerging Female Citizen

Published by University of California Press

Published in print May 2006 | ISBN: 9780520245839
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520932227 | DOI:
The Woman Question

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This chapter argues that the relationship between the woman question and women's everyday lives took on new meaning in the eighteenth century with the creation of a larger reading public and wider arenas of public debate. This is exemplified in the intense debates on women and society in Spain in the 1720s and 1730s, particularly the discussion of the question of female equality spurred by the 1726 publication of Fray Benito Jerónimo Feijoo y Montenegro's Defense of Women. This renewed and widespread attention to the woman question paralleled contemporary discussions in other parts of western Europe.

Keywords: Spain; women; woman question; eighteenth century; society; female equality; Defense of Women; Benito Jerónimo Feijoo y Montenegro

Chapter.  10243 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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