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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An accessible intro to feminism that ties together the past and the present
Freedman has managed to write a history and a survey of global feminism that is at once accessible, activist and academic.

The compact size and the colorful comic-inspired cover design of the trade paperback edition bely its serious scope. It is truly comprehensive, opening with a powerful argument for feminism (lingering on the term's ever-troubled,...
Published on January 2, 2007 by John Dewey Remy

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8 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Brief History of U.S feminism
I was quite excited to see this book, rather disappointed to read it, although it is a daunting task to undertake. Freedman naturally does not go much farther that the USA with occasional forays in to Europe for her discussions, so it really should be a history of US feminism, but that is expected (after all the US has a World Series for only USA teams!)A good preliminary...
Published on January 25, 2003 by Adaisa


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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An accessible intro to feminism that ties together the past and the present, January 2, 2007
This review is from: No Turning Back: The History of Feminism and the Future of Women (Paperback)
Freedman has managed to write a history and a survey of global feminism that is at once accessible, activist and academic.

The compact size and the colorful comic-inspired cover design of the trade paperback edition bely its serious scope. It is truly comprehensive, opening with a powerful argument for feminism (lingering on the term's ever-troubled, never-popular nature), proceeding through the history of various feminisms, marching on through topics as diverse as the impact of globalization on female laborers in the developing world to contrasting feminist opinions on the agency of sex workers. While the focus is primarily on the U.S., the global perspective does comes through. She manages to tone down the usual prominence of European and Euro-American influences while elevating the profile and contributions of feminists throughout the world. For the global sections, examples are drawn as readily from China and West Africa as from the United States. Freedman raises the bar for creating a feminist narrative that is continually mindful of the influences of class, race and culture as well as gender concerns.

I recommend this book for committed feminists, those lamenting the so-called `death of feminism,' and for closet feminists who are bothered by the f-word.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good intro to feminism book but not earthshattering, June 10, 2003
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I think this book would be a great present for any independent high school/college-aged woman in your life who is starting to wonder if "feminist" is a dirty word.
If you're unfamiliar with the history of the feminist movement in the U.S., or even what feminism means, this is a great book for you. Professor Freedman is an engaging writer who doesn't get bogged down in academic gibberish, nor does she insult your intelligence. Not surprisingly, Freedman teaches an "Intro to Feminism" course at Stanford, and therefore if you've taken such a class in the past 15 years, much of the material may seem quite familiar.
Her book takes readers on a whirlwind tour of feminism in the United States. She makes an effort to not fall victim to the first wave feminist tendency of assuming that all women in the U.S. are upper middle class, heterosexual, and white, yet touches only briefly on international feminism and the future of women outside of the United States. While this is understandable, as the book would otherwise be 1000 pages long, perhaps a title clarifying that it is focused on the U.S. would be helpful.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No Turning Back Is Right., January 26, 2007
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I initially read this book a few years ago and enjoyed reading it thoroughly! This book is packed with plenty of information about the history of feminism and the future of women living around the world. This book discusses such topics as "gender and power", "gender and violence", "women's rights", "Reproduction: The Politics of Choice", the "economic gender gap", just to name a few of the topics explored and discussed by the author.

I liked reading this book because I felt it was very well written and researched. "No Turning Back" provides the foundational knowledge for further exploration of feminism. I highly recommend reading this book, especially if you want to learn the basics of feminism!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a great book, January 13, 2006
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Estelle Freedman's writing is coherent, concise and interesting. I found everything especially the information about international feminist movements very exciting. I have recommended this book to everyone I know.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Comprehensive Informative Book, April 4, 2012
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This is truly a comprehensive, informative book. It teaches the beginners everything related to feminism in easy comprehensive language. It tackles all subjects related to feminism the history of various feminisms, antifeminism, post feminism, the impact of globalization on feminism and female laborers in the developing world. The book also tackles feminism in the U.S. the book also traces the influences of gender, class, race and culture and how they are interrelated. It is very helpful for beginner reseachers. It is worth buying and reading it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The most important book on feminism I have read in recent years, surveying and validating feminism’s global diversity., January 23, 2014
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Estelle Freedman is a highly regarded historian who teaches at Stanford. She has been involved with feminism and women’s history since she was in college in the 1970s. In this book she brings together a wide variety of information about women and the various ideas and actions of those who have fought against men’s privileged positions around the globe. As an historian, she structures her account chronologically, starting with women before the emergence of feminism. Then she focuses on the various issues with which feminists have become involved in the USA and globally.

What I found so impressive about Freedman’s book was the way in which she combined so much information and so many different types of feminism into a coherent narrative. She presents feminism as always re-defining itself, and she explains the strengths and weaknesses of various approaches without rejecting any of them. For her, feminism is big enough that conflicts among feminists can be understood and accepted, not demonized as they have often been in the past.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Decent Book, February 19, 2013
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We did not read the whole book during class, but the parts we did read were pretty good and educational.
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8 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Brief History of U.S feminism, January 25, 2003
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I was quite excited to see this book, rather disappointed to read it, although it is a daunting task to undertake. Freedman naturally does not go much farther that the USA with occasional forays in to Europe for her discussions, so it really should be a history of US feminism, but that is expected (after all the US has a World Series for only USA teams!)A good preliminary discussion for those now approaching the debate, a good book to gain a panoramic view the issues of the last thirty years.If you are a well read and informed feminist, there is nothing new or exciting, and nothing in enough detail to make this a must for your shelf.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, August 11, 2014
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I've never enjoyed a school text as much as this one.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Class Necessity, March 16, 2013
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bought this book for class but may not keep it-- it's too large and long for what it's trying to get across. the chapters are strangely set up but it is good to read once.
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No Turning Back: The History of Feminism and the Future of Women
No Turning Back: The History of Feminism and the Future of Women by Estelle B. Freedman (Paperback - January 1, 2003)
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