Original Article

Sex Roles

, Volume 59, Issue 7, pp 482-491

Can Darwinian Feminism Save Female Autonomy and Leadership in Egalitarian Society?

  • Griet VandermassenAffiliated withCentre for Gender Studies, Department of English, Ghent University Email author 

Rent the article at a discount

Rent now

* Final gross prices may vary according to local VAT.

Get Access

Abstract

As a Darwinian feminist I welcome any attempt at correcting the historical neglect of women’s roles in human evolution, as Rebecca J. Hannagan (2008, in this issue) does in her paper “Gendered Political Behavior: A Darwinian Feminist Approach.” There is much to be said for the view that women’s political agency in foraging societies has systematically been underestimated, due to a combination of researcher bias and the lesser visibility of women’s political strategies. As a feminist Darwinian, however, I must conclude that wishful thinking seems to have led Hannagan into overestimating the degree of female autonomy and leadership in these societies.

Keywords

Darwinian feminism Gender Politics Autonomy Leadership Egalitarian society