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Sisterhood is Powerful: An Anthology of Writings from the Women’s Liberation Movement

Sisterhood is Powerful:
An Anthology of Writings from the
Women’s Liberation Movement
Robin MorganRandom House1970

From Wikipedia: Sisterhood Is Powerful is a 1970 anthology of feminist writings edited by Robin Morgan, a feminist poet and founding member of New York Radical Women. It is one of the first widely available anthologies of second-wave feminism. It is both a consciousness-raising analysis and a call-to-action. Sisterhood Is Global: The International Women’s Movement Anthology (1984) is the follow-up to Sisterhood Is Powerful. After Sisterhood Is Global came its follow-up, Sisterhood Is Forever: The Women’s Anthology for a New Millennium (2003).

The collection addresses several major issues including “the need for radical feminism, the discrimination women experienced from men in the political left, and the blatant sexism faced in the workplace.

It includes classic feminist essays by activists such as Naomi Weisstein, Kate Millett, Eleanor Holmes Norton, Florynce Kennedy, Frances M. Beal, Lucinda Cisler, Joreen, Marge Piercy and Mary Daly, as well as historical documents including the N.O.W. Bill of Rights, excerpts from the SCUM Manifesto, the Redstockings Manifesto, and historical documents from W.I.T.C.H.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Women’s Revolution / Robin Morgan
“You’ve Come a Aong Way, Baby”: Historical Perspectives / Connie Brown and Jane Seitz

Part One: The Oppressed Majority: The Way It Is
Know Your Enemy: A Sampling of Sexist Quotes
The 51 Percent Minority Group: A Statistical Essay / Joreen
The Dynamics of Marriage and Motherhood / Beverly Jones
WOMEN IN THE PROFESSIONS: FIVE SHORT PERSONAL TESTIMONIES
Women in Medicine / Miriam Gilbert, R.N.
“A House is Not a Home”: Women in Publishing / Laura Furman
Women and Television / Sheila Smith Hobson
Women in the Military / Lt. Susan Schnall
The Trials of Lois Lane: Women in Journalism / Lindsy Van Gelder
The Secretarial Proletariat / Judith Ann
The Halls of Academe / Women’s Caucus, Political Science Department, University of Chicago
Women and the Welfare System / Carol Glassman
Two Jobs: Women Who Work in Factories / Jean Tepperman
Women and the Catholic Church / Dr. Mary Daly
Does the Law Oppress Women? / Diane B. Schulder

Part Two: The Invisible Woman: Psychological and Sexual Repression
BARBAROUS RITUALS
It Hurts to be Alive and Obsolete: The Ageing Woman / Zoe Moss
MEDIA IMAGES 1: Madison Avenue Brainwashing: The Facts / Alice Embree
MEDIA IMAGES 2: Body Odor and Social Order / Florika
The Politics of Orgasm / Susan Lydon
“Kinde, Kuche, Kirche” as Scientific Law: Psychology Constructs the Female / Dr. Naomi Weisstein
A Theory of Female Sexuality / Mary Jane Sherfey, M.D.
A Psychiatrists’s View: Images of Woman – Past, Present, Overt and Obscured / Natalie Shainess, M.D.
Unfinished business: Birth Control and Women’s Liberation / Lucinda Cisler
The Hooker / Ellen Strong
The Least of These: The Minority Whose Screams Haven’t Yet Been Heard / Gene Damon
Notes of a Radical Lesbian / Martha Shelley
Sexual Politics (in Literature) / Kate Millett

Part Three: Go Tell It In The Valley: Changing Consciousness
Resistances to Consciousness / Irene Peslikis
WOMEN IN THE BLACK LIBERATION MOVEMENT: THREE VIEWS
Double Jeopardy: To be Black and Female / Frances M. Beal
For Sadie and Maude / Eleanor Holmes Norton
Statement on Birth Control / Black Women’s Liberation Group, Mount Vernon, New York
HIGH SCHOOL WOMEN: THREE VIEWS
The Suburban Scene / Connie Dvorkin
On De-Segregating Stuyvesant High / Alice de Rivera
Excerpts From the Diaries of All Oppressed Women / Women’s Collective of the New York High School Students’ Union
COLONIZED WOMEN: THE CHICANA
An Introduction / Elizabeth Sutherland
The Mexican-American Woman / Enriquetta Longauex y Vasquez
Experiment in Freedom: Women of China / Charlotte Bonny Cohen

Part Four: Up From Sexism: Emerging Ideologies
The Grand Coolie Damn / Marge Piercy
Institutionalized Oppression vs. The Female / Florynce Kennedy
The Politics of Housework / Pat Mainardi
Social Bases for Sexual Equality: A Comparative View / Karen Sacks
Self-Defense for Women / Susan Pasalé, Rachel Moon, Leslie B. Tanner
Female Liberation As The Basis For Social Revolution / Roxanne Dunbar

Part Five: The Hand That Cradles The Rock: Protest and Revolt
POETRY AS PROTEST
For Witches / Susan Sutheim
Elegy for Jayne Mansfield, July 1967 / Karen Lindsey
A Chant For My Sisters / Marilyn Lowen Fletcher
Must I marry / Lynn Strongin
The Playground (a prose poem) / Leah Fritz
She / Maria Ann Britton
Dancing the Shout to the True Gospel or The Song Movement Sisters Don’t Want Me to Sing / Rita Mae Brown
Poem / Jayne West
Song of the Fucked Duck / Marge Piercy
Anonymous Poem / a seven-year-old woman
Terror / Martha Shelley
Poem / Janet Russo
Going Through Changes / Jean Tepperman
The Jailor / Sylvia Plath
HISTORICAL DOCUMENTS
NOW (National Organization for Women): Bill of Rights
Excerpts from the SCUM (Society for Cutting Up Men) Manifesto / Valerie Solanis (sic)
Principles / New York Radical Women
No More Miss America! Ten Points of Protest
Letter to Our Sisters in Social Work / WAR (Women of the American Revolution)
How to Name Baby / Media Women
Lilith’s Manifesto / Women’s Majority Union, Seattle
We Did It / Women Against Daddy Warbucks
Statement on the University of Chicago Sit-In
An Exegesis on Women’s Liberation / Women’s Caucus within the Youth International Party
Redstockings Manifesto
The Feminists vs. the Institution of Marriage
WITCH Documents
Songs
Verbal Karate: Statistical and Aphoristic Ammunition

Part Six: Appendix
BIBLIOGRAPHY
General Bibliography
Papers and Periodicals of the Women’s Liberation Movement
List of “Consciousness-Raising” Films
Drop Dead List of Books to Watch Out For
Abortion Counseling Information (sic)
Women’s Liberation Movement Contacts in Some Major U.S. (and Canadian) Cities
Notes on Sister Contributors