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Voltairine de Cleyre: More of an Anarchist than a Feminist?

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Voltairine de Cleyre was an outstanding political thinker who valued liberty and sought equality for men and women within an anarchist framework of social justice that would watch over the needs of all people, regardless of gender. Some scholars, such as Delamotte, argue that de Cleyre moved from being an individualistic thinker to a more communitarian and European-influenced anarchist later in her life. Others, would say that she embraced a range of ideas that have been associated with different kinds of anarchism. One reason for considering de Cleyre as an anarchist, but not as a feminist, would be the priorities revealed in her own writings. Anarchism is at the heart of de Cleyre's oeuvre, and, talking about a defining moment in her intellectual development, she confesses that "the State had now disappeared from my conception of society; there remained only the application of Anarchism".

Keywords: anarchism; European-influenced anarchist; feminist; intellectual development; Voltairine de Cleyre

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