Intersectionality Theory Women of Colour

Women, Culture & Politics

Women, Culture & Politics Angela Y. Davis Random House 1984 A collection of speeches and writings by political activist Angela Davis which address the political and social changes of the past decade as they are concerned with the struggle for racial, sexual, and economic equality. “The work of the political activist inevitably involved a certain…


Wildfire: Igniting the She/Volution

Wildfire: Igniting the She/Volution Sonia Johnson Wildfire Books 1989 Wildfire by Sonia Johnson designs a feminist anarchy, a woman-created social, spiritual, and economic order, at once both exquisitely wild and wise. From Batya Weinbaum’s review in NWSA Journal: Sonia Johnson’s Wildfire teaches that the messianic era (for us, feminist revolution and transformation) is not somewhere…

Philosophy Separatism Theory

Going Out of Our Minds: The Metaphysics of Liberation

Going Out of Our Minds: The Metaphysics of Liberation Sonia Johnson The Crossing Press 1987 This book chronicles Sonia Johnson’s external political journeys and her internal transformations – and the vital connection between. She details the personal and political experiences that turned her against the state, including her run for the Presidency. In the book…

Essays Poetry Theory

On Lies, Secrets & Silence: Selected Prose 1966-1978

On Lies, Secrets & Silence: Selected Prose 1966-1978 Adrienne Rich WW Norton & Company 1979 In this collection of prose writings, one of America’s foremost poets and feminist theorists reflects upon themes that have shaped her life and work. At issue are the politics of language; the uses of scholarship; and the topics of racism,…

Theory Women of Colour

Common Differences: Conflicts in Black and White Feminist Perspectives

Common Differences: Conflicts in Black and White Feminist Perspectives Gloria I. Joseph and Jill Lewis South End Press 1986 An unprecedented analysis of an alarming schism in the women’s movement: the differences between black and white women’s perspectives, attitudes and concerns. It presents an overview of women’s status through history and discusses the vital issues…

Politics Theory

Feminists and State Welfare

Feminists and State Welfare Jennifer Dale and Peggy Foster Routledge 1986 Designed for students of social policy and women’s studies, this text gives a readable account of the wide range of feminist ideas about women and welfare. The authors draw on feminist theory, research and analysis to explore women’s experiences of welfare, and the debates…

Asia Intersectionality Theory

Changing Lives: Life Stories of Asian Pioneers in Women’s Studies

Changing Lives: Life Stories ofAsian Pioneers in Women’s Studies The Committee on Women’s Studies in Asia The Feminist Press 1995 Thirteen women’s studies pioneers from Pakistan, Philippines, China, India, Indonesia, South Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, Vietnam and Singapore narrate their individual passages into feminist consciousness, and the monumental effect of women’s studies on their…

Collection Essays Theory

Theories of Women’s Studies

Theories of Women’s Studies Renate Klein and Gloria Bowles Routledge 1983 Theories of Women’s Studies is a collection of fourteen papers written by feminist theorists and activists working in the United States, England, and Western Europe. This volume represents an important contribution ot the development and research in women’s studies. It raises and offers initial…

Postmodernism Theory

Nothing Mat(t)ers: a Feminist Critique of Postmodernism

Nothing Mat(t)ers: a Feminist Critiqueof Postmodernism Somer Brodribb Spinifex 1992 Lévi-Strauss tried to convince women that we are spoken, exchanged like words; Lacan tried to teach women we can’t speak, because the phallus is the original signifier; and then Derrida says that it doesn’t matter, it’s just talk. Foucault, Derrida, Lacan, Nietzsche: the chant resonates…

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…