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Margaret Atherton

I think you are right about this, Eric. One worry I have sometimes expressed is that in overlooking previous struggles, we can become too complacent about the success of our own. What if we are well on the way to being just as forgotten?

Jacqueline A Taylor

There were remarkable women intellectuals in the 19th century too -- Harriet Martineau and Harriet Taylor Mill come most immediately to my mind. There were also many women working for social and political reform -- the abolition of slavery, poor law reform, the advent of professional nursing, as well as more rights for women. So I think Eric is right that it's a very serious and understudied (within philosophy) question of how or perhaps whether the earlier achievements of 17th and 18th C. women, and men advocating their rights, etc., were effaced. Were these men and women still being published, available in libraries, and read? What were the causes of the effacements?

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