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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge (27 Sept. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415930987
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415930987
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.4 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 926,154 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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""In Their Time is quite a triumph of synthesis--an amazingly reasonable, down-to-earth and highly readable survey of women's activism on behalf of their sex, covering more than six centuries and many nations.."-Nancy F. Cott, Sterling Professor of History and American Studies, Yale University "This ambitious, wide-ranging survey of feminisms in Western societies raises provocative questions for readers of every background and persuasion. Marlene Le Gates's thought-provoking analysis of repeated challenges to sexual inequality and of the overwhelming obstacles and scorn challengers confronted over many centuries is guaranteed to provoke discussion and debate.."-Karen Offen, Institute for Research on Women & Gender, Stanford University

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Marlene LeGates is a Lecturer at Capilano College in Vancouver, BC and is the author of numerous articles on the history of women and feminism. She received her Ph.D. in history from Yale University.

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan Lowenstein on 6 July 2011
Format: Paperback
I was looking for a history of feminism and this book filled the void excellently.

It gave me an overview of the history of western Feminism, showing that it is no less part of the whole culture of human rights and liberalism that arose from the enlightenment and French revolution than any other aspect of our society and placing the Feminist movement in a historical context. It keeps within the constraints of feminist thinking but in an intelligent, self-critical and accessible manner.

It is, however an academic book and not necessarily an easy read.

For what its worth I wish i had read it years earlier.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
An invaluable contribution to the subject. 28 Sept. 2007
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Over twenty years ago, I had the distinct honor of being in two of Dr. LeGates's history classes at Capilano College. Therefore this survey is exactly what I expected it to be: well written and thoroughly researched and documented by a scholar of the highest order. I am certain that it will be considered for years to come as a groundbreaking contribution in the field of Western Feminism and a "must read." However, academic critics need to remember that it is an historical survey in under 500 pages and therefore cannot be entirely comprehensive. And while Dr. LeGates and I do not share the same views vis-a-vis the role of the Catholic Church ( or for that matter, all organized religions), as an oppressive agent of female equality, she presented her arguments logically and convincingly. I hope that in the future Dr. LeGates will provide more detailed accounts of specific experiences as a opposed to writing another survey.
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