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.