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Feminist Texts

Feminist books -- both novels and non-fiction -- influenced and reflected the feminist movement. Read more about some of the key texts of feminism.
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A Year of Feminist Books
Twelve books (plus one to grow on!) containing essays, theory, novels and poetry from important feminist writers.

Feminist Memoirs - A List of Feminist Memoirs by Famous Feminists
Are you looking for a great feminist memoir? Many women s liberation movement activists have written books recollecting their lives and what drew them to feminism . This list of feminist memoirs will help you learn more about the personal and political change of the 1960s and 1970s.

Quotes of Feminism
User contributed quotes about feminism, from a wide variety of sources.

Book Review of Betty Friedan: Her Life
Book review of "Betty Friedan: Her Life" by Judith Hennessee. Is Betty Friedan: Her Life, a critical and flippant biography, worthy of the stalwart feminist leader?

Audre Lorde's "The Cancer Journals"
Audre Lorde writes about her personal experience in "The Cancer Journals." Her writing combines memoir, essay and her poetic vision to explore wholeness, identity and healing in "The Cancer Journals."

Audre Lorde's "Coal"
Audre Lorde's book 'Coal' brought her poetry to a growing audience in 1976.

Double Jeopardy: To Be Black and Female
Frances M. Beal's 1969 essay "Double Jeopardy" explained the struggles faced by black women in the United States. Read this review of 'Double Jeopardy: To Be Black and Female' for a look at the emerging theory of black feminism.

'The Dynamics of Marriage and Motherhood '
"The Dynamics of Marriage and Motherhood" is an essay by Beverly Jones about the feminist analysis of expectations, assumptions and struggles women faced in their marriages.

The Edible Woman
The Edible Woman was Margaret Atwood's first novel; learn about this early feminist classic and how it treatsquestions of self-identity.

The Feminine Mystique
Description of The Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedan and the impact of the book. How Betty Friedan explored women's unhappiness in The Feminine Mystique and inspired the Women's Liberation Movement.

Feminist Art Journal
Feminist Art Journal asked what it meant to be a woman artist. The Feminist Art Journal analyzed women, their art and the Feminist Art Movement.

Feminist Utopia/Dystopia
Feminist utopia and dystopia novels can be imaginative, visionary or even frightening. Explore the significance of feminist utopia/dystopia in science fiction.

Free to Be You and Me
Free to Be...You and Me epitomizes the activism and whimsy of the 1970s. Marlo Thomas and friends invite children to come with them to a land where all are "free to be you and me."

The Golden Notebook
The Golden Notebook influenced many feminists in the 1960s. See how Doris Lessing's The Golden Notebook reflected and contributed to feminism.

Heresies examined the intersection of art and politics. The Heresies Collective began the feminist art journal in 1977.

‘A House Is Not a Home’ by Laura Furman
Laura Furman takes a look at the sexism faced by women who worked in publishing during the mid-20th century.

Book Review: The Left Hand of Darkness
A review of "The Left Hand of Darkness," which takes readers to a world without gender. An award-winning examination of sex roles in society, Ursula Le Guin's "The Left Hand of Darkness" is often considered a feminist classic.

Memoirs of an Ex-Prom Queen
Memoirs of an Ex-Prom Queen was a feminist novel that shocked many readers, and is considered a feminist classic.

Motherlines is a feminist novel of a future world without men. 'Motherlines' is part of Suzy McKee Charnas' series 'The Holdfast Chronicles.'

Now We Can Begin
Essay by Crystal Eastman (1920) on where feminism should go, after suffrage was won.

Of Woman Born: Motherhood as Experience and Institution
Adrienne Rich brings the "personal is political" perspective to motherhood, pregnancy and childbirth. She draws on her own experience, and also extensively on political and cultural history.

Outrageous Acts - Gloria Steinem's Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions
Outrageous Acts - Gloria Steinem's Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions

Book Review of Reading Women: How the Great Books of Feminism Changed My Life
Book review of 'Reading Women: How the Great Books of Feminism Changed My Life.' Follow 'Reading Women' author Stephanie Staal as she returns to her college women's studies class to reread the feminist classics.

Which Women Are Read in 'Reading Women'?
In Reading Women, Stephanie Staal goes back to her college women's studies class to reread classic feminist texts and books of the feminist canon. Here's a list of the feminist classics read in the revisited Feminist Texts class.

Sexual Politics
Description of Sexual Politics by Kate Millett. Read about Kate Millett's revolutionary 1970 work of feminist theory and the response to the controversial Sexual Politics.

Sisterhood Is Powerful
Sisterhood Is Powerful is the classic feminist anthology edited by Robin Morgan. Learn about feminist issues and the feminist writings on sisterhood, discrimination, and theory that were collected in Sisterhood Is Powerful.

Small Changes
Marge Piercy's Small Changes was published in 1973, reflecting the new feminist consciousness of the times. Read about the themes of this classic of the feminist movement.

Tidal Wave: How Women Changed America at Century's End - A Book Review
Review of Tidal Wave: How Women Changed America at Century's End by Sara M. Evans. Tidal Wave is a clear, comprehensive history of the women's liberation movement and what happened to feminism after the 1970s.

‘The Trials of Lois Lane’ by Lindsy Van Gelder
Lindsy Van Gelder's essay on women in journalism was one of five personal testimonies from professional women that appeared in the 1970 anthology 'Sisterhood Is Powerful.'

'The Wanderground'
'The Wanderground' tells the story of women who thrive without men. Sally Miller Gearhart's 'The Wanderground' looks at what it means to be female.

Woman on the Edge of Time
Marge Piercy's Woman on the Edge of Time explores what a post-gender future might bring. Read about the classic feminist novel Woman on the Edge of Time.

The Woman Warrior
Read about the feminist importance of The Woman Warrior, a novel by Maxine Hong Kingston exploring Chinese-American female identity.

'Women and Television' by Sheila Smith Hobson
Read about Sheila Smith Hobson's essay 'Women and Television' from the feminist anthology 'Sisterhood Is Powerful.'

Women in the Professions
A look at the essays on women in the professions gathered in the 1970 feminist anthology 'Sisterhood Is Powerful.' What did women experience as they worked in medicine, journalism, publishing, television and the military?

'Women in Medicine' by Miriam Gilbert
In the essay "Women in Medicine," Miriam Gilbert, R.N., wrote about her experiences as a nurse and the sexism she faced in the profession. Read about the women's liberation perspective on women in nursing.

'Women in the Military' by Lt. Susan Schnall
Learn more about her women's liberation perspective on women in the armed forces, which was published in the 1970 anthology 'Sisterhood is Powerful.'

The 'You’ve Come a Long Way, Baby' Essay
Connie Brown and Jane Seitz wrote the classic "You've Come a Long Way, Baby" essay.

Carol Glassman on ‘Women and the Welfare System’
Carol Glassman wanted to expand inclusion of women who worked with welfare rights organizations in the women's liberation movement.

Book Review of Zami: A New Spelling of My Name
Book review of Audre Lorde's biomythography, about relationships, identity and self-awareness.

Women and Art
Women and Art was a feminist journal that explored women artists and the art world. The short-lived Women and Art was the one of the first of many feminist art journals to appear in the 1970s.

Essential Feminist Books By Audre Lorde
A list of essential Audre Lorde books. The feminist poet Audre Lorde's books include poetry, memoir and powerful explorations of identity.

Books - Rachel Speght, Early Feminist
Rachel Speght was the first woman known to have published a women's rights pamphlet in English under her own name. Here are some works by or about Rachel Speght and her writings.

Reading List: Feminism 1980s/1990s
A collection of books representing various trends in feminism in the last two decades of the 20th century.

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