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This unique volume introduces readers to the most important and influential feminist thinkers from both historical and contemporary periods. Drawing figures from a wide range of disciplines including history, politics, philosophy, psychology, economics and literature, each thinker is critically examined in terms of the historical context of their work, their background and their major contributions to the field of feminist thought. Key figures include: Mary Wollstonecraft Simone de Beauvoir Melanie Klein Doris Lessing Toni Morrison Elizabeth Cady Staton Betty Friedan Margaret Fuller Sappho Adrienne Rich Gayle Rubin Slavenka Drakulic Each entry is supported by a list of the thinker#xE2;#xAC;"s major works, along with further reading suggestions, and an accompanying timeline aids understanding of the progression of feminist thought. An ideal resource for students and academics alike, this text will appeal to all those interested in the fields of gender studies, women#xE2;#xAC;"s studies and women#xE2;#xAC;"s history and politics.