From Eve To Dawn, A History of Women in the World, Volume I
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Marilyn French (1929-2009) was an American writer and notable feminist scholar. She received her BA from Hofstra College (now Hofstra University) in 1951; in 1964, she returned to Hofstra to earn her M.A. and later earned her PhD from Harvard University.

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From Eve To Dawn, A History of Women in the World, Volume I

Origins, From Prehistory to the First Millennium
Marilyn French

Foreword by Margaret Atwood

Origins is the first of four volumes of a momental, readable, and unprecedented history of women throughout the world. The internationally celebrated author of The Women's Room, Marilyn French, spent over fifteen years with a team of researchers and prominent historians examining women's lives and activities in civilizations and societies spanning the ages.

Beginning in prehistory, Origins moves on to examine women's lives in ancient Egypt, China, India, Peru, Mexico, Greece, and Rome. In her reconstruction of wars, laws, and other activities affecting both women and men, French also traces the worldviews underpinning them. In accessible writing for a broad readership, three chapters depict how women's relationship to Judaism, Christianity, and Islam changed for good and bad over the centuries.

"One day, no history will be written without the female half of the world. Until then, we have the unique scholarship of Marilyn French's From Eve to Dawn. No home or library or hopeful reader should be without it."

—Gloria Steinem

"It must be said that the enterprise is on a heroic scale, and consistently thought-provoking."

The New York Review of Books

"In short, French does an incredible job relating the history of the sex and the varied roles women have played—willingly or unwillingly—around the globe."

ForeWord This Week

"Readers can profit greatly from her brisk and passionate prose."

Ms. magazine

"High school through college students and general readers will gain in-depth knowledge and insight about the history of women. . . . An invaluable resource."

MultiCultural Review

"Written in concise, understated language, this is a significant addition to literature on women's studies and history."

Publishers Weekly