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Funding feminism: monied women, philanthropy, and the women’s movement, 1870–1967

Funding feminism: monied women, philanthropy, and the women’s movement, 1870–1967 WOMEN’S HISTORY REVIEW, 2018 VOL. 27, NO. 4, 640–667 BOOK REVIEWS Funding feminism: monied women, philanthropy, and the women’s movement, 1870–1967, by Joan Marie Johnson, Chapel Hill, University of North Carolina Press, 2017, xiii + 303 pp., $39.95 (hardback), ISBN 978-1-4696-3469-2 Joan Marie Johnson explores wealthy women’s contributions to the women’s suffrage move- ment, labour movement, academic scholarship, and the campaign for women’s access to con- traception from the late eighteenth century through to the mid-twentieth. Though America’s patriarchal society deemed women powerless because of their gender, affluent women donated their funds to women’s movements, allowing them power and a voice to speak their grievances and to bring about change. Johnson argues that philanthropy served as women’s greatest tool in achieving these goals and was key to the success of women’s movements. She suggests that women philanthropists’ reasons for donating reveal much about their beliefs about gender relations. Though wealthy women did not always work for their money, they contributed essential funds to gaining successful recognition of working-class women’s rights. Johnson explains wealthy women’s philanthropic motivations by describing how each donor accumu- lated their money. She believes that women’s suffrage would not have been granted, colleges would not have http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Women's History Review Taylor & Francis

Funding feminism: monied women, philanthropy, and the women’s movement, 1870–1967

Women's History Review , Volume 27 (4): 2 – Jun 7, 2018

Funding feminism: monied women, philanthropy, and the women’s movement, 1870–1967

Women's History Review , Volume 27 (4): 2 – Jun 7, 2018

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WOMEN’S HISTORY REVIEW, 2018 VOL. 27, NO. 4, 640–667 BOOK REVIEWS Funding feminism: monied women, philanthropy, and the women’s movement, 1870–1967, by Joan Marie Johnson, Chapel Hill, University of North Carolina Press, 2017, xiii + 303 pp., $39.95 (hardback), ISBN 978-1-4696-3469-2 Joan Marie Johnson explores wealthy women’s contributions to the women’s suffrage move- ment, labour movement, academic scholarship, and the campaign for women’s access to con- traception from the late eighteenth century through to the mid-twentieth. Though America’s patriarchal society deemed women powerless because of their gender, affluent women donated their funds to women’s movements, allowing them power and a voice to speak their grievances and to bring about change. Johnson argues that philanthropy served as women’s greatest tool in achieving these goals and was key to the success of women’s movements. She suggests that women philanthropists’ reasons for donating reveal much about their beliefs about gender relations. Though wealthy women did not always work for their money, they contributed essential funds to gaining successful recognition of working-class women’s rights. Johnson explains wealthy women’s philanthropic motivations by describing how each donor accumu- lated their money. She believes that women’s suffrage would not have been granted, colleges would not have

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Taylor & Francis
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© 2018 Jewel Parker
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1747-583X
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0961-2025
DOI
10.1080/09612025.2018.1436934
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WOMEN’S HISTORY REVIEW, 2018 VOL. 27, NO. 4, 640–667 BOOK REVIEWS Funding feminism: monied women, philanthropy, and the women’s movement, 1870–1967, by Joan Marie Johnson, Chapel Hill, University of North Carolina Press, 2017, xiii + 303 pp., $39.95 (hardback), ISBN 978-1-4696-3469-2 Joan Marie Johnson explores wealthy women’s contributions to the women’s suffrage move- ment, labour movement, academic scholarship, and the campaign for women’s access to con- traception from the late eighteenth century through to the mid-twentieth. Though America’s patriarchal society deemed women powerless because of their gender, affluent women donated their funds to women’s movements, allowing them power and a voice to speak their grievances and to bring about change. Johnson argues that philanthropy served as women’s greatest tool in achieving these goals and was key to the success of women’s movements. She suggests that women philanthropists’ reasons for donating reveal much about their beliefs about gender relations. Though wealthy women did not always work for their money, they contributed essential funds to gaining successful recognition of working-class women’s rights. Johnson explains wealthy women’s philanthropic motivations by describing how each donor accumu- lated their money. She believes that women’s suffrage would not have been granted, colleges would not have

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