Today’s feminist movement has a glaring blind spot, and paradoxically, it is women. Mainstream feminists rarely talk about meeting basic needs as a feminist issue, argues Mikki Kendall, but food insecurity, access to quality education, safe neighborhoods, a living wage, and medical care are all feminist issues. All too often, however, the focus is not on basic survival for the many, but on increasing privilege for the few.
August 26th is the anniversary of women in the United States winning the constitutional right to vote in 1920. In 1973, Congress declared this crucial historical date Women’s Equality Day. Although this is not an official federal holiday, it is critical to remember the trailblazers that made it possible for women to vote and to hear the voices of the women who persist in telling their stories. Below are books that will help you explore these narratives.
“Being oppressed means the absence of choices.” -bell hooks
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Examining the impact of sexism on black women during slavery, the devaluation of black womanhood, black male sexism, racism among feminists, and the black woman’s involvement with feminism, hooks attempts to move us beyond racist and sexist assumptions. You can also check out this title as eAudiobook on Hoopla and as eBook on Overdrive/Libby.
She the People : A Graphic History of Uprisings, Breakdowns, Setbacks, Revolts, and Enduring Hope on the Unfinished Road to Women’s Equality
Jen Deaderick takes readers on a walk down the ERA’s rocky road to become part of our Constitution by highlighting changes in the legal status of women alongside the significant cultural and social influences of the time, so women’s history is revealed as an integral part of U.S. history, and not a tangential sideline.
Looking beyond the national leadership of the suffrage movement, an acclaimed historian gives voice to the thousands of women from different backgrounds, races, and religions whose local passion and protest resounded throughout the land.
Comprised of historical texts spanning two centuries, The Women’s Suffrage Movement is a comprehensive and singular volume with a distinctive focus on incorporating race, class, and gender, and illuminating minority voices.
The epic history of African American women’s pursuit of political power — and how it transformed America.