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By Kimberly A. Hamlin

From Eve to Evolution offers the 1st full-length examine of yankee women’s responses to evolutionary thought and illuminates the function technology performed within the nineteenth-century women’s rights circulation. Kimberly A. Hamlin finds how a couple of nineteenth-century ladies, raised at the concept that Eve’s sin without end mounted women’s subordinate prestige, embraced Darwinian evolution—especially sexual choice conception as defined in The Descent of Man—as an alternative choice to the production tale in Genesis.
Hamlin chronicles the lives and writings of the ladies who mixed their enthusiasm for evolutionary technology with their dedication to women’s rights, together with Antoinette Brown Blackwell, Eliza Burt Gamble, Helen Hamilton Gardener, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, and Elizabeth Cady Stanton. those Darwinian feminists believed evolutionary technological know-how proved that girls weren't not so good as males, that it used to be ordinary for moms to paintings outdoor the house, and that girls should still keep an eye on copy. the sensible purposes of this evolutionary feminism got here to fruition, Hamlin indicates, within the early pondering and writing of the yankee contraception pioneer Margaret Sanger. 
a lot scholarship has been devoted to reading what Darwin and different male evolutionists needed to say approximately girls, yet little or no has been written concerning what ladies themselves needed to say approximately evolution. From Eve to Evolution provides much-needed woman voices to the tremendous literature on Darwin in America.

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