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The Influence of Simone de Beauvoir

Carol Giardina

in Freedom for Women

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print April 2010 | ISBN: 9780813034560
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813039329 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813034560.003.0005
The Influence of Simone de Beauvoir

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Simone de Beauvoir has played a major role in raising Women's Liberation founders' understanding that male ascendancy has imposed limitations on women's achievement of human potential. Many leading Women's Liberation organizers have adopted feminist consciousness, ideology, and an example from Beauvoir. The chapter brings into light the influences of Simone de Beauvoir on different women activists and their thinking patterns. “The Second Sex”, written by Beauvoir, managed to manipulate many women's thinking and raised their consciousness towards a need for a women's liberation movement. The chapter provides an accounts of different activists and how they were affected by reading Beauvoir's views in her book.

Keywords: Simone de Beauvoir; Women's Liberation founder; Women's Liberation organizers; feminist consciousness; The Second Sex; women's liberation movement

Chapter.  3978 words. 

Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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