History Philosophy

A History of Women Philosophers Volume 1-4

A History of Women Philosophers Volume 1-4 Mary Ellen Waithe Martinus Nijhoff Publishers 1987-1995 A comprehensive four-part series of books by Mary Ellen Waithe on the contributions by women to the field of Philosophy. “I decided to attempt to restore women’s contributions to the history of philosophy, and initially believed that the subject would make…

History Psychiatry

The Female Malady: Women, Madness, and English Culture, 1830-1980

The Female Malady: Women, Madness, Culture, 1830-1980 Elaine Showalter Penguin 1985 In this informative, timely and often harrowing study, Elaine Showalter demonstrates how cultural ideas about ‘proper’ feminine behaviour have shaped the definition and treatment of female insanity for 150 years, and given mental disorder in women specifically sexual connotations. Along with vivid portraits of…

History Spirituality

The First Sex

The First Sex Elizabeth Gould Davis Putnam 1971 From Wikipedia: The First Sex is a 1971 book by Elizabeth Gould Davis, aimed to show that early human society consisted of matriarchal “queendoms” based around worship of the “Great Goddess”, and characterised by pacifism and democracy. Gould Davis argued that the early matriarchal societies attained a high level…

History Religion Spirituality

The Language of the Goddess: Unearthing the Hidden Symbols of Western Civilization

The Language of the Goddess:Unearthing the Hidden Symbolsof Western Civilization Marija Gimbutas HarperCollins 1989 The Goddess is the most potent and persistent feature in the archaeological records of the ancient world. She was a symbol of the unity of life in nature, and the personification of all that was sacred and mysterious on Earth. Here,…

History Law Lesbian

Parker and Hulme: a Lesbian View

Parker and Hulme: a Lesbian View Julie Glamuzina and Alison J. Laurie Auckland, New Women’s Press 1991 Juliet Hulme and Pauline Parker were teenagers in New Zealand, ages 15 and 16, when in June 1954 they killed Pauline’s mother. The murder resulted in a sensational court case, extensive local and international media coverage, and a…

Autobiography Collection History

The Book of New Zealand Women / Ko Kui Ma Te Kaupapa

The Book of New Zealand Women / Ko Kui Ma Te Kaupapa Bridget Williams, Charlotte Macdonald and Merimeri Penfold Bridget William Books 1991 This compilation of over 300 women’s biographical portraits was acclaimed as a groundbreaking perspective on New Zealand history when it was published in 1991, and remains the definitive reference work in its…

History Lesbian Political Lesbianism Pornography

The Lesbian Heresy: a Feminist Perspective on the Lesbian Sexual Revolution

The Lesbian Heresy: a Feminist Perspectiveon the Lesbian Sexual Revolution Sheila Jeffreys Spinifex 1993 Once, lesbian feminists transformed lesbians from a stigmatized sexual practice into a political practice that posed a challenge to male supremacy and its basic institution of heterosexuality. Lesbian feminism sought to overturn the sexual system of male dominance and female submission.…


The Spinifex Book of Women’s Answers

The Spinifex Book of Women’sAnswers Susan Hawthorne Spinifex 1991 The Spinifex Book of Women’s Answers is a collection of questions and answers about women artists, scientists, writers and the like, highlighting their achievements and aimed at inspiring more research and reading. A revised edition was published in 1993 as ‘The Spinifex Quiz Book’. From Spinifex:…

History Research

Women Together: A History of Women’s Organisations in New Zealand: Ngā Rōpū Wāhine O Te Motu

Women Together: A History of Women’sOrganisations in New Zealand:Ngā Rōpū Wāhine O Te Motu Anne Else Daphne Brasell Associates Press 1993 Women Together is a reference work of women’s organisations in New Zealand that was first published in 1993 to mark the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage. From the introduction: The primary aims of this publication…

History Theory

The Creation of Patriarchy

The Creation of Patriarchy Gerda Lerner Oxford University Press 1986 A major work by a leading historian and pioneer in women’s studies, The Creation of Patriarchy is a radical reconceptualization of Western civilization that makes gender central to its analysis. Gerda Lerner argues that male dominance over women is not “natural” or biological, but the product of…