Individualist Feminism of the Nineteenth Century
Collected Writings and Biographical Profiles
About the Book
This is a history of the individualist feminism movement and of three prominent publications that rose in its defense: The Word, Liberty and Lucifer the Light Bearer. These often-overlooked 19th century journals published some of the most important ideas on feminism, anarchism and personal liberty.
Biographies and selections from contributors to these magazines feature the remarkable women and men who laid many of the foundations for modern feminist thought. Angela Heywood, who first defended abortion based on women’s self-ownership of her body, and Lillian Harman, who was jailed at 16 for being married without state or church ceremonies, are two of the women profiled.
These fascinating profiles and writings provide insight into the lives and work of these important but often neglected early feminists.
About the Author(s)
Wendy McElroy writes and edits books about electoral practices and feminism. She lives in Collingwood, Ontario, Canada.
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Bibliographic Info: notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2012 
Table of Contents
Section I: The Word: A Monthly Journal of Reform (1872–1890, 1892–1893)
1. Agela Fiducia Tilton Heywood: In the Shadow of a Man 19
2. Women of The Word: A Biographical Dictionary of the Day-to-Day Radicals 48
Section II: Lucifer, the Light Bearer (1883–1907)
3. Moses Harman: The Paradigm of a Male Feminist 89
4. Edwin Cox Walker and Lillian Harman: A Feminist Couple 125
Section III: Liberty: Not the Daughter But the Mother of Order (1881–1908)
5. Sarah Elizabeth Holmes: The Study of a Silenced Woman 135
6. Gertrude B. Kelly: A Disillusioned Woman 164
Select Bibliography 199
Book Reviews & Awards
“enthralling…beautiful writing…wonderful…a must-read”—Public Library Quarterly; “useful”—Reference Reviews.