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Feminist Writings
by Simone de Beauvoir
edited by Margaret A. Simons and Marybeth Timmermann
foreword by Sylvie Le Bon de Beauvoir
University of Illinois Press, 2021
Cloth: 978-0-252-03900-3 | Paper: 978-0-252-08592-5 | eISBN: 978-0-252-09717-1
Library of Congress Classification PQ2603.E362A2 2015
Dewey Decimal Classification 848.91409

The philosopher's writings on, and engagement with, twentieth century feminism

By turns surprising and revelatory, this sixth volume in the Beauvoir Series presents newly discovered writings and lectures while providing new translations and contexts for Simone de Beauvoir's more familiar writings. Spanning Beauvoir's career from the 1940s through 1986, the pieces explain the paradoxes in her political and feminist stances, including her famous 1972 announcement of a "conversion to feminism" after decades of activism on behalf of women.

Feminist Writings documents and contextualizes Beauvoir's thinking, writing, public statements, and activities in the services of causes like French divorce law reform and the rights of women in the Iranian Revolution. In addition, the volume provides new insights into Beauvoir's complex thinking and illuminates her historic role in linking the movements for sexual freedom, sexual equality, homosexual rights, and women's rights in France.  

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