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Books A - H
The Color of Privilege: three blasphemies on race and feminism by
Call Number: HQ1421 .H87 1996
Publication Date: 1996-12-20
This groundbreaking and important book explores how women of different ethnic/racial groups conceive of feminism. Aída Hurtado advances the theory of relational privilege to explain those differing conceptions. Previous theories about feminism have predominantly emphasized the lives and experiences of middle-class white women. Aída Hurtado argues that the different responses to feminism by women of color are not so much the result of personality or cultural differences between white women and women of color, but of their differing relationship to white men.
Community Activism and Feminist Politics by
Call Number: HQ1421 .C65 1998
Publication Date: 1997-12-24
This collection demonstrates the diversity of women's struggles against problems such as racism, violence, homophobia, focusing on the complex ways that gender, culture, race-ethnicity and class shape women's political consciousness in the US.
The Creation of Feminist Consciousness by
Call Number: HQ1121 .H47 1986 v. 2
Publication Date: 1993-03-25
In The Creation of Feminist Consciousness, the eagerly awaited concluding volume of Women and History, Lerner documents the twelve-hundred-year struggle of women to free their minds from patriarchal thought, to create Women's History, and to achieve a feminist consciousness.
The Creation of Patriarchy by
Call Number: HQ1121 .L47 1986
Publication Date: 1986-04-17
The Creation of Patriarchy is a radical reconceptualization of the history of Western civilization that makes gender central to its analysis. The author argues that male dominance over women is the product of historical development and is not "natural" or biological and hence unchangeable. Therefore patriarchy as a system of organizing society can be ended by historical process.
Decades of Discontent by
Call Number: HQ1121 .D39 1983
Publication Date: 1983-03-29
This first-class collection of historical essays revises and rejects the view that American women after suffrage rejected feminism and sank into political apathy and unconsciousness. Rather, the authors point out the limitations of the view of suffrage as either solving all women's problems or as a disappointment and failure for the women's movement. The problems and choices facing women in these decades emerge in part from the very diversity of women's experiences and interests portrayed to such effect in the rest of this volume.
The Feminine Mystique by
Call Number: HQ1420 .F7 1983
Publication Date: 1983-10-01
Examines the dilemma of the educated American woman, with epilogue by the author criticizing forces threatening to disrupt original purposes of Women's Liberation.
Feminism: the essential historical writings by
Call Number: HQ1154 .S29 1972
Publication Date: 1972-01-01
Here are the essential historical writings of feminism. Many of these works, long out of print or forgotten in what Miriam Schneir describes as a male-dominated literary tradition, are finally brought out of obscurity and into the light of contemporary analysis and criticism. Included are more than forty selections, coveting 150 years of writings on women's struggle for freedom, from the American Revolution to the first decades of the twentieth century.
Feminism Is for Everybody by
Call Number: HQ1190 .H67 2015
Publication Date: 2014-10-13
What is feminism? In this short, accessible primer, bell hooks explores the nature of feminism and its positive promise to eliminate sexism, sexist exploitation, and oppression. With her characteristic clarity and directness, hooks encourages readers to see how feminism can touch and change their lives¿to see that feminism is for everybody.
Feminism Unfinished by
Call Number: 2 hr Reserves (1st Floor) HQ1421 .C625 2014
Publication Date: 2014-08-25
The American women's movementhas been shrouded in myths, arguethree leading scholars in this bold andrevisionist history. Eschewing the conventional wisdom that places the origins of the American women's movement in the nostalgic glow of the late 1960s, Feminism Unfinished traces the beginnings of this seminal American social movement to the 1920s, in the process creating an expanded, historical narrative that dramatically rewrites a century of American women's history.
Finding Feminism by
Publication Date: 2017-04-25
In Finding Feminism, Alison Dahl Crossley analyzes feminist activists at three different U.S. colleges, revealing that feminism is alive on campuses, but is complex, nuanced, and context-dependent. Young feminists are carrying the torch of the movement, despite a climate that is not always receptive to their claims.
A History of U. S. Feminisms by
Call Number: HQ1420 .D55 2008
Publication Date: 2008-05-06
The History of U.S. Feminism is an introductory text designed to be used as supplementary material for first-year women's studies students or as a brush-up text for more advanced students. Covering the first, second, and third waves of feminism, The History of U.S. Feminism provides historical context of all the major events and players since the late nineteenth century through today.
How We Get Free by
Call Number: HQ1426 .H689 2017
Publication Date: 2012-12-05
The Combahee River Collective, a path-breaking group of radical black feminists, was one of the most important organizations to develop out of the antiracist and women's liberation movements of the 1960s and 70s. In this collection of essays and interviews edited by activist-scholar Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, founding members of the organization and contemporary activists reflect on the legacy of its contributions to Black feminism and its impact on today's struggles.
Black Feminist is a feature length documentary film surrounding the double edged sword of racial and gender oppression that black women face in America.
The Edge of Each Other's Battles
This powerful documentary is a moving tribute to legendary black lesbian feminist poet Audre Lorde (1934-1992). One of the most celebrated icons of feminism's second wave, Lorde inspired several generations of activists with her riveting poetry, serving as a catalyst for change and uniting the communities of which she was a part: black arts and black liberation, women's liberation and lesbian and gay liberation.
Feed the Green
FEED THE GREEN features a variety of feminist thinkers, including ecological and social justice advocates Vandana Shiva, Starhawk and Andrea Smith, ecosexual activists Annie Sprinkle and Beth Stephens; ecofeminist theorist and disability rights activist Ynestra King, poet Camille Dungy, scholars and bloggers Janell Hobson and Jill Schneiderman and grass roots activist La Loba Loca. Their voices are powerfully juxtaposed with images from popular culture, including advertising, myth, art, and the news, pointing to the ways that an environmentally destructive worldview is embedded in popular discourses, both contemporary and historical.
A parallel, lesbian-feminist revolution was born out of the women’s and civil rights movements of the 60’s and 70’s. Filmmaker Myriam Fougère’s takes us on a road trip through the United States and Canada as she revisits the activists of the time who sparked this revolution to define their own culture.
A critically important look at second wave feminism in the 1990's, a time rife with anti-feminist backlash. Powerful interviews with feminist leaders including bell hooks, Gloria Steinem, and Urvsahi Vaid are intercut with documentary sequences to engagingly explore the past and present and future status of the women's movement.
The Secret to Change
Through seven decades, Millie Jeffrey brought about change -- by empowering victims of exploitation and discrimination to fight for equality and opportunity. In the 1930's, she organized textile workers. During World War II, she helped thousands of "Rosie the Riveters" learn to thrive in a male-dominated world. The 50's and 60's found Millie a pioneer among whites in the struggle for civil rights. To get progressive policymakers elected, she became a leader in Democratic Party politics. And, when the modern women's movement was taking shape, Millie offered savvy leadership.
She's Beautiful When She's Angry
An essential documentary about the birth of the women's liberation movement. Beginning in the late 1960s, featuring never-seen before archival footage and new interviews. She's Beautiful When She's Angry tells the story of one of the most important social movements of the 20th century, bringing to light the efforts of lesser-known activists, including the Boston authors of Our Bodies, Ourselves, the Chicago Women's Liberation Union, and grassroots organizations across the country who played a pivotal role in the struggle.
The Women of Summer
This National Endowment for the Humanities documentary captures an historic moment when feminists, unionists, and educators came together to pursue a common social ideal. The Women of Summer is their emotionally riveting and previously untold story. From 1921 to 1938, seventeen hundred blue collar women participated in a controversial and inspired educational experiment know as The Bryn Mawr Summer School for Women Workers. The program forever changed their lives and has left a legacy meriting public awareness.
Mary Ellen Sigsbee Fischer / Public domain
Lorie Shaull from Washington, United States / CC BY-SA (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)
Books L - Z
The Legacy of Second-Wave Feminism in American Politics by
Publication Date: 2018
This book chronicles the influence of second wave feminism on everything from electoral politics to LGBTQ rights. The original descriptions of second wave feminism focused on elite, white voices, obscuring the accomplishments of many activists, as third wave feminists rightly criticized. Those limited narratives also prematurely marked the end of the movement, imposing an imaginary timeline on what is a continuous struggle for women’s rights.
No Permanent Waves by
Publication Date: 2010-02-16
No Permanent Waves boldly enters the ongoing debates over the utility of the "wave" metaphor for capturing the complex history of women's rights by offering fresh perspectives on the diverse movements that comprise U.S. feminism, past and present. Seventeen essays--both original and reprinted--address continuities, conflicts, and transformations among women's movements in the United States from the early nineteenth century through today.
Postfeminism(s) and the arrival of the fourth wave: turning tides by
This book addresses the current resurgence of interest in feminism - notably within popular culture and media - that has led some to announce the arrival of the fourth wave. Research explores where fourth-wave feminism sits in relation to those that preceded it, and in particular, how fourth-wave feminism intersects with differing understandings of postfeminism(s).
This Bridge Called My Back by
Call Number: PS509.F44 T5 2015
Publication Date: 2015-03-01
Through personal essays, criticism, interviews, testimonials, poetry, and visual art, the collection explores, as coeditor Cherríe Moraga writes, "the complex confluence of identities--race, class, gender, and sexuality--systemic to women of color oppression and liberation.
A Vindication of the Rights of Woman by
Call Number: HQ1596 .W6 1988
Publication Date: 1987-10-01
The First Edition of this Norton Critical Edition was both an acclaimed classroom text and ahead of its time. This Second Edition offers the best in Wollstonecraft scholarship and criticism since 1976, providing the ideal means for studying the first feminist document written in English.
When Everything Changed: The amazing journey of American women from 1960 to the present by
Call Number: HQ1421 .C64 2009
Publication Date: 2009-10-14
When Everything Changed begins in 1960, when most American women had to get their husbands' permission to apply for a credit card. It ends in 2008 with Hillary Clinton's historic presidential campaign. This was a time of cataclysmic change, when, after four hundred years, expectations about the lives of American women were smashed in just a generation.
White Women's Rights by
Publication Date: 1999-02-04
Louise Newman reinterprets an important period (1870s-1920s) in the history of women's rights, focusing attention on a core contradiction at the heart of early feminist theory. At a time when white elites were concerned with imperialist projects and civilizing missions, progressive white womendeveloped an explicit racial ideology to promote their cause, defending patriarchy for "primitives" while calling for its elimination among the "civilized." Exploring how progressive white women at the turn of the century laid the intellectual groundwork for the feminist social movements thatfollowed, Newman's book thus speaks to contemporary debates concerning the effect of race on current feminist scholarship.
Women of Color and the Reproductive Rights Movement by
Publication Date: 2003-10-01
While most people believe that the movement to secure voluntary reproductive control for women centered solely on abortion rights, for many women abortion was not the only, or even primary, focus. Jennifer Nelson tells the story of the feminist struggle for legal abortion and reproductive rights in the 1960s, 1970s, and early 1980s through the particular contributions of women of color.
The World Split Open by
Call Number: HQ1421 .R68 2000
Publication Date: 2000-02-07
In this "indispensable book" (Sandra Gilbert), Ruth Rosen takes the reader on an unforgettable journey through the last half of the twentieth century, charting the accomplishments and failures of a movement that transformed American families, business, politics, and society.Weaving together ten years of archival research and interviews, Rosen turns the long and complicated history of the women's movement into a compelling and coherent narrative.
A Room of One's Own by
Call Number: PR6045.O72 Z474 1981
Publication Date: 1981-11-01
"In A Room of One's Own, Virginia Woolf imagines that Shakespeare had a sister: a sister equal to Shakespeare in talent, equal in genius, but whose legacy is radically different. This imaginary woman never writes a word and dies by her own hand, her genius unexpressed. But had she been allowed to create, urges Woolf, she would have reached the same heights as her immortal sibling. In this essay, Virginia Woolf takes on the establishment, using her gift of language to dissect the world around her and give a voice to those who have none. Her message is simple: A woman must have an income and a room of her own in order to have the freedom to create."--BOOK JACKET.
Belonging to the World by
Call Number: KF4758 .V36 2001
Publication Date: 2001-01-11
Belonging to the World surveys the treatment of women in American law from the nation's earliest beginnings in British North America to the present. An original work of historical synthesis, the book aims to build bridges between fields long thought to be unbridgeable -- among them, thehistory of women, American constitutional and legal history, political theory, and law. It delinates the shifting relationships between American law practice and women, both within the family and elsewhere, as it looks beyond the campagin for women's suffrage to broader zones of contest andcontroversy. Women's stories and voices are used throughout to drive home the extraordinary range and persistence of female rebellion since the 1630s -- when Anne Hutchinson and Ann Hibbens decided to oppose forces of constraint in colonial New England -- to the present era of "post-feminist"retrenchment and backlash. As the narrative documents women's ongoing battles for such rights have been governed differently from men, often out of the state's line of vision, and that much of this difference reflected the survival of a unitary monarchical "head" in the constitutional and moraleconomy of households. Excellent for use in constitutional law and women's studies classes.
Women's Rights by
Publication Date: 2013-12-12
Taking a broad view of the ongoing efforts to attain rights for women, this work provides unique insight into the context of the issues and reveals the range of factors that can influence a particular policy decision. What constitutes "women's rights" depends on whom you ask--or who is in political office at the time. Understandably, women's rights have changed across time as perceptions of women and their roles have changed. What remains consistent regardless of the historic era is that rights assumed by men often must be specifically granted to women. This book presents an overview of women's rights that also addresses specific policy decisions.
American Association of University Women
The American Association of University Women (AAUW) is the nation’s leading voice promoting equity and education for women and girls. Since our founding in 1881, AAUW members have examined and taken positions on the fundamental issues of the day — educational, social, economic, and political.
Click! The Ongoing Feminist Revolution
Click! In the 1970s that word signaled the moment when a woman awakened to the powerful ideas of contemporary feminism.
Equal Means Equal
Equal Means Equal Files Suit in U.S. District Court Seeking to Clear the Path to Final Ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment
Equal Rights Amendment
“Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex.”
Everyday Feminism is an educational platform for personal and social liberation. Our mission is to help people dismantle everyday violence, discrimination, and marginalization through applied intersectional feminism and to create a world where self-determination and loving communities are social norms through compassionate activism.
Feminist Majority Foundation
The Feminist Majority Foundation (FMF), which was founded in 1987, is a cutting edge organization dedicated to women's equality, reproductive health, and non-violence. In all spheres, FMF utilizes research and action to empower women economically, socially, and politically. Our organization believes that feminists - both women and men, girls and boys - are the majority, but this majority must be empowered.
Geek Feminism Blog
The Geek Feminism blog exists to support, encourage, and discuss issues facing women and nonbinary people in geek communities, including science and technology, gaming, SF fandom, and more.
National Organization for Women
As the grassroots arm of the women’s movement, the National Organization for Women is dedicated to its multi-issue and multi-strategy approach to women’s rights, and is the largest organization of feminist grassroots activists in the United States.
Status of Women in the United States
IWPR’s Status of Women reports are a unique source of comprehensive information on women. Since 1996, IWPR has analyzed data on a wide range of indicators at the local, state, national, and international levels, including demographics, economic security, education, reproductive rights, political participation, civic engagement, and access to health care and work supports. IWPR has released reports on each U.S. state and the District of Columbia.