Books

HISTORY &  MEMOIRS   

 

 

Daring to be Bad: Radical Feminism in America 1967-1975, Alice Echols (University of Minnesota Press, 1989).

Dear Sisters: Dispatches from the Women’s Liberation Movement, ed. by Rosalyn Baxandall and Linda Gordon (Basic Books, 2001).

The Feminist Memoir Project: Voices from Women's Liberation, ed. Rachel Blau DuPlessis and Ann Snitow (Three Rivers Press, 1998).

Feminists Who Changed America 1963-1975, ed. by Barbara J. Love (University of Illinois Press, 2006).

Freedom for Women: Forging the Women's Liberation Movement 1953-1970,  Carol Giardina  (U Florida Press 2010).

In Our Time: Memoir of a Revolution, Susan Brownmiller (Dial Press,1999).

Living for the Revolution:  Black Feminist Organizations 1968-1980, Kimberly Springer (Duke U Press, 2005).

Personal Politics: The Roots of Women's Liberation in the Civil Rights Movement and the New Left, Sara M. Evans (Vintage, 1980).

Poems from the Women’s Movement, ed. by Honor Moore (Library of America, 2009).  

The Politics of Women's Liberation: A Case Study of an Emerging Social Movement and Its Relation to the Policy Process, Jo Freeman (David McKay, 1975).

Radical Feminism: A Documentary Reader, ed. by Barbara Crow (NYU Press, 2000).

Separate Roads to Feminism:  Black, Chicana and White Feminist Movements in America’s Second Wave, Benita Roth (Cambridge U Press, 2004).

Tales of the Lavender Menace: A Memoir of Liberation, Karla Jay (Basic Books, 2000).

The Trouble Between Us: An Uneasy Look at White and Black Women in the Feminist Movement,  Winifred Breines   (Oxford U Press, 2006).

Undivided Rights: Women of Color Organizing for Reproductive Justice by Loretta RossJael SillimanMarlene Gerber FriedElena R. Gutiérrez (South End Press, 2004).

The World Split Open: How the Modern Women’s Movement Changed America, Ruth Rosen (Viking, 2000).

 

 

LATER FEMINIST MOVEMENT

Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American Women,  Susan Faludi (Crown Publishing, 1991).

Tidal Wave:  How Women Changed America at Century’s End,   Sara M. Evans (New Press, 2004).

 

GROUNDBREAKERS

Against Our Will: Men, Women, and Rape, Susan Brownmiller (Martin Secker & Warburg, 1975).

The Dialectic of Sex: The Case for Feminist Revolution, Shulamith Firestone (William Morrow & Co, 1970).

The Feminine Mystique, Betty Friedan (W.W. Norton, 1963).

Our Bodies, Ourselves, Our Bodies, Ourselves (New England Free Press, 1970).

Sappho Was A Right-On Woman: A Liberated View Of Lesbianism, Sidney Abbott (Madison Books, 1972).

The Second Sex, Simone De Beauvoir (Vintage, 1953).

Sexual Politics, Kate Millett (Doubleday, 1970).

Sisterhood is Powerful, ed. by Robin Morgan (Random House, 1970).

 

 

COLLECTIONS

This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color, ed. by Cherríe Moraga & Gloria Anzaldúa (Persephone Press, 1981)

Where the Girls Are: Growing Up Female with the Mass Media, Susan J.Douglas (Crown Publishers, 1994). 


 

 

 

Manifestos

 

The manifestos used in She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry are as follows:

Sexual Politics, Kate Millet, 1968:

There are a vast number of women who are beginning to wake out of the long sleep that is known as cooperation in one’s own oppression and self-denigration, and they are banding together to make the beginnings of a new and massive women's movement in America and in the world. To establish true equality between the sexes, to break the old machine of sexual politics and to replace it with a more human and civilized world for both sexes, and to end the present system’s oppression of men as well as women.

Poor Black Women, Patricia Robinson and Black Sisters (The Mount Vernon Group), 1968:

Dear brothers:

Poor black women decide for themselves whether to have a baby or not have a baby. Black women are being asked by militant black brothers not to practice birth control because it’s a form of whitey committing genocide on black people. Well, true enough. But black women in the United States have to fight back out of our own experience of oppression and having too many babies stops us from teaching them the truth, from supporting our children, and from stopping the brainwashing, as you say. And fighting black men who still want to use and exploit us.

From No More Fun and Games, Roxane Dunbar, 1971:

I am a revolutionary. I am a feminist. I don’t know if I am a revolutionary feminist or a feminist revolutionary. I think I am a female revolutionary, and a feminist. The fact is that I am a woman, greatly limited by that fact and conscious of my position as woman, committed to the liberation of all women. There is no possibility for me to be liberated except that all women be liberated, and that means power and control on a political-economic level, not some personal, individual freedom from restrictions or personal fame. Having had nothing, I will not settle for crumbs.

 

Other notable manifestos from the period include:

Double Jeopardy: To Be Black and Female, Frances Beal, 1969

Women Identified Women, Radicalesbians, 1970

Goodbye to All That, Robin Morgan, 1970

The Politics of Housework, Pat Mainardi, 1970