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Martha Ackelsberg

Martha Ackelsberg, a graduate of Radcliffe College (B.A.) and Princeton University (M.A., Ph.D.), is a professor of government and of women’s studies at Smith College. With research interests that include feminism, anarchism, democratic theory, and Jewish ethics, Ackelsberg has published numerous articles as well as Free Women of Spain: Anarchism and the Struggle for the Emancipation of Women and Women, Welfare, and Higher Education: Toward Comprehensive Policies, edited with Randall Bartlett and Robert Buchele. Her current project, Making Democracy Work: (Re)Conceiving Politics through the Lens of Women’s Activism, is forthcoming from Routledge.

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Shulamith Firestone

Firestone, a founder of radical feminism, brought together the dialectical materialism of Marx and the psychoanalytic insights of Freud in an effort to develop an analysis of women’s oppression that was inclusive of the dimensions of class and race. Although she wrote for a popular audience, her work was broadly grounded in classic texts and raised many questions that have since been taken up and developed by feminist theorists within the academy.

Angelica Balabanoff

Angelica Balabanoff was one of the best-known and widely beloved figures of European socialism in the early decades of the twentieth century.

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