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Composition in Black and WhiteThe Life of Philippa Schuyler$
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Kathryn Talalay

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780195113938

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195113938.001.0001

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No Women's Country

No Women's Country

(p.171) 23 No Women's Country
Composition in Black and White

Kathryn Talalay

Oxford University Press

At a very early age until her death, Philippa was an affirmed feminist. After reading Pearl Buck's Of Men and Women, she became fascinated and at the same time upset by the subject as the book reflected her own goal of bridging together her marriage and career. Philippa's response to the world's omnipresent unequal treatment of women was almost visceral after she saw abysmal examples of women being neglected, abused, and exploited through her many travels. This situation made her want to write a book on the topic, but she later discarded the idea. The more Philippa travelled around, the more radical her feminism became. She discovered that violence against women, though often hidden, crossed geographic boundaries and socioeconomic barriers.

Keywords:   Pearl Buck, feminist, Of Men and Women, radical feminism, violence against women

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