Hubertine Auclert : the French suffragette /
Steven C. Hause.
New Haven : Yale University Press, c1987.
xxi, 268 p., [13] p. of plates : ill. ; 25 cm.
0300038453 (alk. paper)
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New Haven : Yale University Press, c1987.
0300038453 (alk. paper)
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Includes index.
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Bibliography: p. 243-257.
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Appeared in Choice on 1987-12:
For four decades until her death in 1914, Hubertine Auclert led the women's suffrage movement in France. If Auclert is not so well known today as Susan B. Anthony or Sylvia Pankhurst, this says much about the obstacles that Auclert and her supporters confronted in the France of the Third Republic. Against them stood the Code and the Church, as well as the indifference or even the derision of the French public. Worse still, French feminists had aims so limited that Auclert, with her unceasing call for full political rights for both sexes, appeared to them to be hopelessly radical. But perhaps the greatest difficulty Auclert faced was the distrust of those she sought as allies-the socialists and radical socialists. They wanted nothing to do with Auclert's program, for they were sure that giving women the vote would mean clerical reaction. In a study distinguished for its sympathy and scholarly care, Hause shows how the gains made by women in France under the Fourth and Fifth Republic owe much to the labors of Auclert during the Third. This work is strongly recommended, not only for its own intrinsic merits, but for the sharp light it casts on the social and political life of France in the years from 1871 to 1914.-S. Bailey, Knox College
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