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Evolution's Empress: Darwinian Perspectives on the Nature of Women

Maryanne L. Fisher, Justin R. Garcia, and Rosemarie Sokol Chang


Evolution’s Empress identifies women as active agents within the evolutionary process. The chapters in this volume focus on topics as diverse as female social interactions, mate competition and mating strategies, motherhood, women’s health, sex differences in communication and motivation, sex discrimination, and women in literature. The volume editors bring together a diverse range of perspectives to demonstrate ways in which evolutionary approaches to human behavior have thus far been too limited. By reconsidering the role of women in evolution, this volume furthers the goal of g ... More

Keywords: emale social interactions, mate competition, mating strategies, motherhood, women’s health, sex differences, sex discrimination, women in literature

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Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199892747
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199892747.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Maryanne L. Fisher, editor
Department of Psychology, Saint Mary's University

Justin R. Garcia, editor
The Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction, Indiana University, Bloomington

Rosemarie Sokol Chang, editor
State University of New York New Paltz and Southern New Hampshire University

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Introduction to Evolution’s Empress

Maryanne L. Fisher, Rosemarie Sokol Chang, and Justin R. Garcia

Section One Sex Roles, Competition, and Cooperation

Section Two Mothers and Parenting

6 Maternal Effect and Offspring Development

Nicole M. Cameron, and Justin R. Garcia

7 The Evolution of Flexible Parenting

Lesley Newson, and Peter J. Richerson

9 Fathers Versus Sons

Laura Betzig

Section Three Health and Reproduction

11 Fertility

Bobbi S. Low

12 Reproductive Strategies in Female Postgenerative Life

Johannes Johow, Eckart Voland, and Kai P. Willführ

13 Now or Later

Michelle J. Escasa-Dorne, Sharon M. Young, and Peter B. Gray

Section Four Mating and Communication

14 Sexual Conflict in White-Faced Capuchins

Linda Marie Fedigan, and Katharine M. Jack

15 The Importance of Female Choice

David A. Frederick, Tania A. Reynolds, and Maryanne L. Fisher

16 Swept off Their Feet?

Christopher J. Wilbur, and Lorne Campbell

Section Five New Disciplinary Frontiers

21 Consuming Midlife Motherhood

Michele Pridmore-Brown

22 The Quick and the Dead

Leslie L. Heywood

End Matter