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The Odyssey of Flora Tristan


Laura S. Strumingher

Contents: Flora Tristan's brief life (1803-44) is representative of a broad array of nineteenth century women's issues: marriage, divorce, inheritance and child custody laws; severely limited education; minimal job opportunities; poor pay; double sexual standards; physical frailty, sickness and concern with dress reform. Unlike the majority of her contemporaries, Tristan assumed control of her destiny and became a powerful leader of men and women. Recent re-editions and translations of Tristan's work call for a new interpretation of her life.