From Eve to Dawn, A History of Women in the World, Volume IV
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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 IV

Revolutions and the Struggles for Justice in the 20th Century
Marilyn French

Foreword by Margaret Atwood

In the 20th century, women became a force for change, in part through suffrage, and in part through mass organizing. This final volume offers a vibrant history of multiple political revolutions as well as the century's horrors—including genocides and the atom bomb. It ends with a thoughtful investigation into the various indigenous feminist movements throughout the world and asks what these peaceful revolutions might augur for the future. Eschewing easy answers, French suggests that the defining moral moments of the 21st century should and will build from a global human rights agenda.

"With patience, research, and an extraordinary sense of scale . . . French offers a striking overview of feminist theory and action alongside her own views, polishing off an exquisite history useful for both personal and classroom study."

Publishers Weekly, starred review

"[French's] coverage is encyclopedic, but her prose is impressively accessible, creating a rare find: a page-turning, can't-put-it-down history text. . . . This is not a simple repackaging of history for women. French instead gives life to a new way of looking at the world as it exists for women. Her history is sure to inspire the burgeoning feminist in every woman and man. Highly recommended for public and academic libraries and essential for universities with women's studies programs."

Library Journal, starred review

"Deeply wise, lyrical, and powerful. . . . With this empowering book as our guide, we face the twenty-first century—and its fundamentalist brutality—emboldened and reinvigorated. . . . A global and spectacular literary, political, and cultural history."

—Blanche Wiesen Cook, author of Eleanor Roosevelt, Volumes I, II, III

"A must-read for any women's history enthusiast."

Feminist Review