Cridge, Annie Denton

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(1825-1875) UK-born suffragist, socialist, lecturer and author, in USA from around 1842; mother of Alfred Denton Cridge. Of sf interest is Man's Rights: or, How Would You Like It?: Comprising Dreams (coll of linked stories 1870 chap), a Utopia set on Mars which explores the Satirical implications of Gender reversal through a series of dreams: men are seen obsessing over the finery they bedeck themselves in to gain a good marriage, complaining about endless housework. Automated kitchens are then introduced, and communal dining. Eventually, in later dreams set in the future, men begin to agitate for equal rites. The book was published by her brother, the Chartist and lecturer William Denton (1823-1883). A further four dreams were later published separately (3 September-19 November 1870 Woodhull and Claflin's Weekly), in a magazine co-founded by Victoria Woodhull (1838-1927), the first woman to run for the American presidency (in 1872). [JC]

Annie Denton Cridge

born United Kingdom: 1825

died Riverside, California: May 1875



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