Based on the scholarship of a global team of diverse authors, this wide-ranging handbook surveys the history and current status of pro-women thought and activism over millennia.

The book traces the complex history of feminism across the globe, presenting its many identities, its heated debates, its racism, discussion of religious belief and values, commitment to social change, and the struggles of women around the world for gender justice. Authors approach past understandings and today’s evolving sense of what feminism or womanism or gender justice are from multiple viewpoints. These perspectives are geographical to highlight commonalities and differences from region to region or nation to nation; they are also chronological suggesting change or continuity from the ancient world to our digital age. Across five parts, authors delve into topics such as colonialism, empire, the arts, labor activism, family, and displacement as the means to take the pulse of feminism from specific vantage points highlighting that there is no single feminist story but rather multiple portraits of a broad cast of activists and thinkers.

Comprehensive and properly global, this is the ideal volume for students and scholars of women’s and gender history, women’s studies, social history, political movements and feminism.

Part 1: Feminism, What Is It?  1. Definitions: An Overview  2. Foundations, Elements, Roots  3. Varieties of Feminist Activism  4. Feminism as Global Endeavor  Part 2: Historical Perspectives  5. The Pre-modern World  6. The Early Modern World  7. The Nineteenth Century  8. The Twentieth Century  9. The Digital Age and Beyond  Part 3: Regional Thought and Activism  10. The Pacific  11. East Asia  12. Southeast Asia  13. South Asia  14. Middle East and North Africa  15. Sub-Saharan Africa: Religion  16. Sub-Saharan Africa: Rights  17. Europe and Russia  18. Latin America and the Caribbean  19. North America  Part 4: Topics in Feminism I: Politics and Society  20. Political Life and the Law  21. Empire and Colonialism  22. Decolonization  23. Nation and Nationalism  24. Socialism  25. Democracy  26. Thoughts: Disability  27. Revolution  28. War, Peace, and Security  29. Displacement  Part 5: Topics in Feminism II: Thought, Structures, Culture  30. Intersections, Struggles  31. Mana Wahine  32. The Arts  33. Thoughts: The Body and Sexuality  34. Religion  35. Race and Ethnicity  36. Family   37. Poverty, Work, and Labor   38. Technology  39. Thoughts: Ecofeminism and the Animal World