Christine Delphy (1941–)
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This chapter discusses life history of Christine Delphy, a feminist thinker and a French activist-scholar whose work has done as much to spark movement politics as to shift theoretical paradigms. An architect of French "materialist" feminism, Delphy is best known for a proposition that many would take to render her an anachronism, the claim that women are a social class. Inspired by the Civil Rights Movement, she took a break from her studies to work for the Urban League supported by a fellowship from the Eleanor Roosevelt Foundation for Human Relations. In 1968, Delphy joined "Feminin-Masculin-Avenir" (FMA), one of the many decentralized groups that came together two years later to form the "Mouvement de Liberation des Femmes" (MLF). She is also a principal intellectual architect of a materialist feminism that defies contemporary discourses in which materialism appears as a corrective to constructivism.