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Sisterhood Is Powerful

Early Feminist Anthology


Sisterhood is Powerful: An Anthology of Writings from the Women’s Liberation Movement, published in 1970, gathered essays by many prominent feminists into one volume. It was one of the first widely available anthologies of feminist writings.

The title was a common slogan of second-wave feminism. Although the slogan was widespread, it is thought to have originated among the radical feminists of New York Radical Women and Redstockings.

Documenting the Feminist Movement

In addition to essays, Sisterhood is Powerful contained historical documents related to the Women’s Liberation movement, and it provided contact information for feminist organizations. The book discussed the need for radical feminism, the discrimination women experienced from men in the political left, and the blatant sexism faced in the workplace.

Although some reviews criticized the book as full of the complaints of malcontents, Sisterhood is Powerful was a bestseller. It inspired many women to become involved with Women’s Liberation and to examine their own lives and relationships.

Sisterhood is Powerful Contributors

Sisterhood is Powerful included works by Frances Beale, Lucinda Cisler, Mary Daly, Flo Kennedy, Kate Millett, Eleanor Holmes Norton, and Naomi Weissstein, among others. It also featured the “Redstockings Manifesto” and the infamous “SCUM Manifesto.”

Sisterhood is Powerful was edited by Robin Morgan, a founding member of New York Radical Women and the feminist alliance W.I.T.C.H. She also published Sisterhood is Global in 1984 and Sisterhood is Forever: The Women’s Anthology for a New Millennium in 2003.

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