Women of Liberty


Steve Shone’s Women of Liberty explores the many overlaps between ten radical, feminist, and anarchist thinkers: Tennie C. Claflin, Noe Itō, Louise Michel, Rose Pesotta, Margaret Sanger, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Mollie Steimer, Lois Waisbrooker, Mercy Otis Warren, and Victoria C. Woodhull. In an age of great and understandable dissatisfaction with governments around the world, Shone illuminates both the lost wisdom of the anarchists and the considerable contribution of women to intellectual thought, influences that are currently missing from many classes documenting the history of political theory.

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Steve J. Shone, Ph.D. (1992), University of California-Riverside, has taught at a number of colleges, including Winona State University, Gonzaga University, and the University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley. He is the author of Lysander Spooner: American Anarchist (Lexington Books, 2010) and American Anarchism (Brill, 2013; paperback edition Haymarket Books, 2014).


1 Mercy Otis Warren, the So-Called “Republican” Patriot
 1 The Legacy of Mercy’s Brother
 2 Jemmy’s Sister: Never a Servile Servian
 3 Subjugated People
 4 Defining “Republican”
 5 Mercy Otis Warren as a “Republican”

2 Louise Michel: Neither a Red Nor a Virgin?
 1 Michel the Heroine of France
 2 Michel the Anarchist

3 The Originality and Political Philosophy of Victoria C. Woodhull
 1 The Originality of Victoria C. Woodhull
 2 Victoria C. Woodhull as a Political Theorist

4 The Seductiveness of Tennie C. Claflin and of Her Ideas
 1 Appearance
 2 Marriage, Equality, and Social Change
 3 Poverty

5 Lois Waisbrooker: Anarchist Opponent of Marriage
 1 Waisbrooker’s Feminism
 2 Waisbrooker’s Anarchism
 3 Free Love
 4 Spiritualism
 5 No to Marriage

6 Itō Noe, Japanese Anarchist Follower of Emma Goldman
 1 Anarchism
 2 Free Love

7 The Radicalism of Elizabeth Cady Stanton
 1 The Bible as a Weapon Used Against Women
 2 Marriage and Divorce
 3 Self-Sovereignty and the Solitude of Self

8 Margaret Sanger: The Scientist of Human Salvation
 1 Sanger’s Anarchist Influences
 2 Not a Marxist
 3 Not a Racist
 4 Birth Control and a New Morality

9 Forever an Anarchist: Mollie Steimer
 1 Russia Attacked: Two Leaflets
 2 Deported

10 Rose Pesotta, the Working Anarchist
 1 Pesotta as an Anarchist Theorist
 2 Pesotta as an Anarchist Union Activist

Conclusion: Liberty Lost

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