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From Eve to Evolution: Darwin, Science, and Women's Rights in Gilded Age America

Kimberly A. Hamlin

Abstract

From Eve to Evolution analyzes the U.S. reception of Charles Darwin through the lens of gender and provides the first full-length study of women’s responses to evolutionary theory. Raised on the idea that Eve’s sin forever fixed women’s subordinate status, many 19th-century women embraced Darwinian evolution, especially sexual selection theory as explained in The Descent of Man (1871), as an alternative to the Genesis creation story. Darwin also introduced readers to the concept of human-animal kinship, allowing feminist reformers to look to animals for examples of non-patriarchal gender rol ... More

Keywords: 1. Women’s rights, 2. Charles Darwin, 3. Sexual selection, 4. The Descent of Man, 5. American Darwinism, 6. Antoinette Brown Blackwell, 7. Eliza Burt Gamble, 8. Helen Hamilton Gardener, 9. Charlotte Perkins Gilman, 10 Margaret Sanger

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780226134611
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2014 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226134758.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kimberly A. Hamlin, author