Simone de Beauvoir’s Influence on My Life and Feminism Simone de Beauvoir (1908-1986) was a French feminist philosopher who became well-known during the middle of the twentieth century with the publication of her book The Second Sex (1949). First published in French and later translated to English and many other languages across the world, The Second Sex established de Beauvoir as an extremely influential feminist author and activist who believed in equal rights for women. The Second Sex was one of the first major feminist texts published during the mid-twentieth century that would have consequences for Second Wave Feminism, which has generally been thought to be established during the mid-late 1960s in the United States and Europe. As...The end:
.....ite, heterosexual, wealthy, and/or able-bodied women and men ( Kotef ). De Beauvoir’s legacy remains as an important point in the history of feminism that has helped to structure the current debate on how women are seen in European and United States culture. Her influence has helped to shape the way that I, and millions of other women of my generation, view their own place in shaping the world around them. Bibliography De Beauvoir, Simone. The Second Sex. New York: Vintage Books, 1973. Johnson, Betty S. “Coming to Grips with eth Problems of Women: A Review of the Literature,” Social Work, November 1976. Kotef , Hagar. “On Abstractness: First Wave Liberal Feminism and the Construction of the Abstract Women,” Feminist Studies 35:3, Fall 2009.