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The Emerging Female CitizenGender and Enlightenment in Spain$
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Theresa AnnSmith

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780520245839

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520245839.001.0001

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The Woman Question

The Woman Question

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The Emerging Female Citizen

Theresa Ann Smith

University of California Press

This chapter argues that the relationship between the woman question and women's everyday lives took on new meaning in the eighteenth century with the creation of a larger reading public and wider arenas of public debate. This is exemplified in the intense debates on women and society in Spain in the 1720s and 1730s, particularly the discussion of the question of female equality spurred by the 1726 publication of Fray Benito Jerónimo Feijoo y Montenegro's Defense of Women. This renewed and widespread attention to the woman question paralleled contemporary discussions in other parts of western Europe.

Keywords:   Spain, women, woman question, eighteenth century, society, female equality, Defense of Women, Benito Jerónimo Feijoo y Montenegro

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