Hit: Essays on Women's Rights (Classics in Women's Studies) (Paperback)

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The only woman to receive the Congressional Medal of Honor for her service during the Civil War, Dr. Mary E. Walker (1832-1919) was a surgeon, a public lecturer, and an outspoken champion of women's rights. One of the first women in the country to be awarded a medical degree, she served as an assistant surgeon for the 52nd Ohio Infantry and was cited for valor in going behind enemy lines to attend to the sick.

Though her early career was highly distinguished, her subsequent life became controversial and in some respects tragic. Always a woman of great independence, she publicly expressed strong opinions about the need for women's rights and harshly criticized prevailing patriarchal attitudes and the enforced subservience of women. After the war she published Hit, an enigmatically titled book in which she advanced her radical ideas on topics from love and marriage and dress reform to woman's suffrage and religion.

With an insightful foreword by Walker specialist Mercedes Graf (professor of psychology, Governors State University, University Park, Illinois), this new edition of a little known work by a pioneering feminist will be of great interest to anyone concerned about women's rights.

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Dr. Mary E. Walker (1832-1919) was a surgeon, a public lecturer, an outspoken champion of women's rights, and the only woman to receive the Congressional Medal of Honor for her service during the Civil War. One of the first women in the country to be awarded a medical degree, she served as an assistant surgeon for the 52nd Ohio Infantry and was cited for valor in going behind enemy lines to attend to the sick. After the war, Walker became a writer and lecturer, touring here and abroad to speak on women's rights, dress reform, health, and temperance issues.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781591020981
ISBN-10: 1591020980
Publisher: Humanity Books
Publication Date: August 2003
Pages: 170
Language: English
Series: Classics in Women's Studies