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while feminism empowers many in different ways,

it is important to understand that women's rights issues are multi-faceted; 

affected not only by gender or sexual norms, but class, race, and ability as well.

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In this ebook, Judy Freya Sibayan reflects on 39 years of her work as an artist, curator, writer, editor of  Ctrl+P  and teacher. Inspired by Hélène Cixous, the figure of HerMe(s) is invoked for a new kind of artistic autobiography, hyperlinked to the internet and a practice, evident in major works like  Scapular Gallery  and  Museum of Mental Objects , which developed from her development of a distinctive form of institutional critique.      You can purchase it  here.

In this ebook, Judy Freya Sibayan reflects on 39 years of her work as an artist, curator, writer, editor of Ctrl+P and teacher. Inspired by Hélène Cixous, the figure of HerMe(s) is invoked for a new kind of artistic autobiography, hyperlinked to the internet and a practice, evident in major works like Scapular Gallery and Museum of Mental Objects, which developed from her development of a distinctive form of institutional critique. 

 

You can purchase it here.

      Click  here  to read an entry from Sara Ahmed's Feminist Killjoys blog titled "Selfcare as Warfare."      

 

 

Click here to read an entry from Sara Ahmed's Feminist Killjoys blog titled "Selfcare as Warfare."

 

 

A HISTORY of WOMEN PHILOSOPHERS Edited by Mary Ellen Waithe.     Download ALL volumes by clicking  here.  - Volume I: Ancient Women Philosophers, 600 B.C.-500 A.D. - Volume II: Medieval, Renaissance and Enlightenment Women Philosophers A.D. 500–1600. - Volume III: Modern Women Philosophers, 1600–1900. - Volume IV: Contemporary Women Philosophers, 1900-Today.

A HISTORY of WOMEN PHILOSOPHERS
Edited by Mary Ellen Waithe.

 

Download ALL volumes by clicking here.
- Volume I: Ancient Women Philosophers, 600 B.C.-500 A.D.
- Volume II: Medieval, Renaissance and Enlightenment Women Philosophers A.D. 500–1600.
- Volume III: Modern Women Philosophers, 1600–1900.
- Volume IV: Contemporary Women Philosophers, 1900-Today.

Download a pdf of Maysan Hadar's text"Veled Intentions: Don't Judge a Muslim Girl by Her Covering" by clicking  here.  

Download a pdf of Maysan Hadar's text"Veled Intentions: Don't Judge a Muslim Girl by Her Covering" by clicking here. 

Download a pdf of bell hooks' "Engaged Pedagogy" by clicking  here .

Download a pdf of bell hooks' "Engaged Pedagogy" by clicking here.

Women's Publishers and Presses    An ever growing list of publishers and presses which specialize in writing by, for, and about women. Some of these presses publish women exclusively, while others are committed to amplifying marginalized voices, shedding light on women's issues, or promoting a feminist agenda. E-mail us if you'd like to be added to the list, would like to make a contribution, or have any suggestions.     Click  here  to download a pdf.       

Women's Publishers and Presses

An ever growing list of publishers and presses which specialize in writing by, for, and about women. Some of these presses publish women exclusively, while others are committed to amplifying marginalized voices, shedding light on women's issues, or promoting a feminist agenda. E-mail us if you'd like to be added to the list, would like to make a contribution, or have any suggestions.

 

Click here to download a pdf. 

 

 

A reading list created by a group of Black, Brown, Indigenous, Muslim, and Jewish people who are writers, organizers, teachers, anti-fascists, anti-capitalists, and radicals.     Available  here .

A reading list created by a group of Black, Brown, Indigenous, Muslim, and Jewish people who are writers, organizers, teachers, anti-fascists, anti-capitalists, and radicals.

 

Available here.

 

 

Our lives, our cultures, are composed of many overlapping stories. Novelist Chimamanda Adichie tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice -- and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding.

See Red Women's Workshop    F  eminist Posters 1974-1990      Founded in 1974, See Red Women’s Workshop grew out of a shared desire to combat sexist images of women and to create positive and challenging alternatives. Women from different backgrounds came together to make posters and calendars that tackled issues of sexuality, identity and oppression. With humour and bold graphics, they expressed the personal experiences of women as well as their role in wider struggles for change.  Written by See Red members, detailing the group’s history, the book features all of their original screenprints, alongside posters commissioned for radical groups and campaigns. Confronting negative stereotypes, questioning the role of women in society, and promoting women’s self-determination, the power and energy of these images reflect an important and dynamic era of women’s liberation — and have continued relevance for today.     The book is available through Four Corners Books- and you can read more and purchase it  here .

See Red Women's Workshop

Feminist Posters 1974-1990

 

Founded in 1974, See Red Women’s Workshop grew out of a shared desire to combat sexist images of women and to create positive and challenging alternatives. Women from different backgrounds came together to make posters and calendars that tackled issues of sexuality, identity and oppression. With humour and bold graphics, they expressed the personal experiences of women as well as their role in wider struggles for change.

Written by See Red members, detailing the group’s history, the book features all of their original screenprints, alongside posters commissioned for radical groups and campaigns. Confronting negative stereotypes, questioning the role of women in society, and promoting women’s self-determination, the power and energy of these images reflect an important and dynamic era of women’s liberation — and have continued relevance for today.

 

The book is available through Four Corners Books- and you can read more and purchase it here.

Click  here  to watch a trailer of the film, which is currently available on Netflix.      SHE’S BEAUTIFUL WHEN SHE’S ANGRY  resurrects the buried history of the outrageous, often brilliant women who founded the modern women’s movement from 1966 to 1971.    SHE’S BEAUTIFUL WHEN SHE’S ANGRY  takes us from the founding of NOW, with ladies in hats and gloves, to the emergence of more radical factions of women’s liberation; from intellectuals like Kate Millett to the street theatrics of W.I.T.C.H. (Women’s International Conspiracy from Hell!).  Artfully combining dramatizations, performance and archival imagery, the film recounts the stories of women who fought for their own equality, and in the process created a world-wide revolution.    SHE’S BEAUTIFUL WHEN SHE’S ANGRY  does not try to romanticize the early movement, but dramatizes it in its exhilarating, quarrelsome, sometimes heart-wrenching glory.   The film does not shy away from the controversies over race, sexual preference and leadership that arose in the women’s movement.   SHE’S BEAUTIFUL WHEN SHE’S ANGRY  captures the spirit of the time --- thrilling, scandalous, and often hilarious.  That story still resonates today for women who are facing new challenges around reproductive rights and sexual violence, as the film shows present-day activists creating their generation's own version of feminism.  SHE’S BEAUTIFUL WHEN SHE’S ANGRY  is a film about activists, made to inspire women and men to work for feminism and human rights.      Click  here  to learn more about the film.

Click here to watch a trailer of the film, which is currently available on Netflix.

 

SHE’S BEAUTIFUL WHEN SHE’S ANGRY resurrects the buried history of the outrageous, often brilliant women who founded the modern women’s movement from 1966 to 1971.   SHE’S BEAUTIFUL WHEN SHE’S ANGRY takes us from the founding of NOW, with ladies in hats and gloves, to the emergence of more radical factions of women’s liberation; from intellectuals like Kate Millett to the street theatrics of W.I.T.C.H. (Women’s International Conspiracy from Hell!).  Artfully combining dramatizations, performance and archival imagery, the film recounts the stories of women who fought for their own equality, and in the process created a world-wide revolution. 

SHE’S BEAUTIFUL WHEN SHE’S ANGRY does not try to romanticize the early movement, but dramatizes it in its exhilarating, quarrelsome, sometimes heart-wrenching glory.   The film does not shy away from the controversies over race, sexual preference and leadership that arose in the women’s movement.  SHE’S BEAUTIFUL WHEN SHE’S ANGRY captures the spirit of the time --- thrilling, scandalous, and often hilarious.

That story still resonates today for women who are facing new challenges around reproductive rights and sexual violence, as the film shows present-day activists creating their generation's own version of feminism. SHE’S BEAUTIFUL WHEN SHE’S ANGRY is a film about activists, made to inspire women and men to work for feminism and human rights. 

 

Click here to learn more about the film.

 

 

A film by Luce Guilbeault, Nicole Brossard and Margaret Wescott Canada, 1980 (shot in New York City in 1975 and 1976) Documentary about the second wave of feminism, with interviews with Ti-Grace Atkinson, Rita Mae Brown, Betty Friedan, Margo Jefferson, Lila Karp and Kate Millett.

   Verso Books is offering a free download sampler  here , featuring excerpts from some of their titles which are available as both paperbacks and e-books.

 

Verso Books is offering a free download sampler here, featuring excerpts from some of their titles which are available as both paperbacks and e-books.

      Download "Women & Capitalism: Dialectics of Oppression and Liberation" by Angela Y. Davis by clicking  here .

 

 

Download "Women & Capitalism: Dialectics of Oppression and Liberation" by Angela Y. Davis by clicking here.

Feminism in Transnational Times: a conversation with Christine Delphy   On a rare visit to London, Professor Christine Delphy, one of the world's most influential feminist thinkers, discusses her last book,    Separate and Dominate   , focusing on her views on the contemporary challenges of feminism vis a vis the emergence of new racisms. Delphy will be in conversation with Sylvie Tissot, an academic and film-maker who has explore Delphy’s life and work in the world acclaimed film about Delphy’s life, ‘Je ne suis pas féministe mais...’.        Click here to listen to the podcast  .

Feminism in Transnational Times: a conversation with Christine Delphy

On a rare visit to London, Professor Christine Delphy, one of the world's most influential feminist thinkers, discusses her last book, Separate and Dominate, focusing on her views on the contemporary challenges of feminism vis a vis the emergence of new racisms. Delphy will be in conversation with Sylvie Tissot, an academic and film-maker who has explore Delphy’s life and work in the world acclaimed film about Delphy’s life, ‘Je ne suis pas féministe mais...’. 

 

Click here to listen to the podcast.

Shameless Hussy Press    Founded in 1969 during the counterculture of the late 1960's in Berkeley and the early second wave of feminism, Shameless Hussy Press was the first feminist press in the United States. One of the most important historical contributions of Shameless Hussy Press was the first publication of books by four women who later became prominent feminist writers: Pat Parker, Mitsuye Yamada, Ntozake Shange, and Susan Griffin. Alta's recollections discuss these writers, and other Shameless Hussy titles, as well as the cultural and political milieu in which she was working. In this oral history Alta also discusses her growth as a writer.     Click  here  to download an audio file and pdf of the complete oral history of Shameless Hussy Press.      

Shameless Hussy Press

Founded in 1969 during the counterculture of the late 1960's in Berkeley and the early second wave of feminism, Shameless Hussy Press was the first feminist press in the United States. One of the most important historical contributions of Shameless Hussy Press was the first publication of books by four women who later became prominent feminist writers: Pat Parker, Mitsuye Yamada, Ntozake Shange, and Susan Griffin. Alta's recollections discuss these writers, and other Shameless Hussy titles, as well as the cultural and political milieu in which she was working. In this oral history Alta also discusses her growth as a writer.

 

Click here to download an audio file and pdf of the complete oral history of Shameless Hussy Press.

 

 

 

 

Miss Representation explores women's under-representation in positions of power and influence and challenges the limited and often disparaging portrayals of women in media. Writer/Director Jennifer Siebel Newsom brings together some of America's most influential thought leaders in politics, news, entertainment, and academia, including Condoleezza Rice, Katie Couric, Geena Davis, Lisa Ling, Marissa Mayer, Cory Booker, Jean Kilbourne, and Jackson Katz, to give us an inside look at the media's messaging.

 

Click here to learn more about the film.

 

 

"Intersectionality," is a term (coined by Black legal scholar Kimberlé Crenshaw in 1989) that captures how multiple forms of oppression, multiple -isms, can be experienced simultaneously, as in an intersection, when traffic can come at you from four different directions. The closing keynote at BlogHer '14 brought together seven women with passionate voices to discuss intersectionality and the Internet.

Seeing Like a Feminist by Nivedita Menon      For Nivedita Menon, feminism is not about a moment of final triumph over patriarchy but about the gradual transformation of the social field so decisively that old markers shift forever. From sexual harassment charges against international figures to the challenge that caste politics poses to feminism, from the ban on the veil in France to the attempt to impose skirts on international women badminton players, from queer politics to domestic servants’ unions to the Pink Chaddi campaign, Menon deftly illustrates how feminism complicates the field irrevocably. Incisive, eclectic and politically engaged, Seeing like a Feminist is a bold and wide-ranging book that reorders contemporary society.      

Seeing Like a Feminist by Nivedita Menon

 

For Nivedita Menon, feminism is not about a moment of final triumph over patriarchy but about the gradual transformation of the social field so decisively that old markers shift forever. From sexual harassment charges against international figures to the challenge that caste politics poses to feminism, from the ban on the veil in France to the attempt to impose skirts on international women badminton players, from queer politics to domestic servants’ unions to the Pink Chaddi campaign, Menon deftly illustrates how feminism complicates the field irrevocably. Incisive, eclectic and politically engaged, Seeing like a Feminist is a bold and wide-ranging book that reorders contemporary society.

 

 

Download a pdf of Kathi Weeks' "Life Within and Against Work: Affective Labor, Feminist Critique, and Post-Fordist Politics" by clicking  here.

Download a pdf of Kathi Weeks' "Life Within and Against Work: Affective Labor, Feminist Critique, and Post-Fordist Politics" by clicking here.

Download a pdf of Chandra Mohanty's "Under Western Eyes: Feminist Scholarship and Colonial Discourses" by clicking  here.  

Download a pdf of Chandra Mohanty's "Under Western Eyes: Feminist Scholarship and Colonial Discourses" by clicking here. 

click the image to download: Afraid is a Country by Maryam Monalisa Gharavi   Audre Lord, "A burst of light," 1984

click the image to download: Afraid is a Country by Maryam Monalisa Gharavi

Audre Lord, "A burst of light," 1984

    Repro Rights Zine  is a project started by Layla Alter, India Menuez and Emma Holland in NYC and quickly circulating because of its accessibility, portability, and importance as POTUS policies threaten women's rights in the United States and their effects ripple globally. This guide will help inform you so that you can make the very personal decision of how to protect and care for your reproductive rights. The zine is downloadable and easily printed, and folding instructions are included, making this zine easily distributable in many communities.      Read more about the project and the artists behind it on their site:  www.reprorightszine.us   Instructions on how to fold the zine can be found on their site.  Download the zine by clicking  here .     Distribute copies and send your images to  zinereprorights@gmail.com  or tag @reprorightszine on IG

 

Repro Rights Zine is a project started by Layla Alter, India Menuez and Emma Holland in NYC and quickly circulating because of its accessibility, portability, and importance as POTUS policies threaten women's rights in the United States and their effects ripple globally. This guide will help inform you so that you can make the very personal decision of how to protect and care for your reproductive rights. The zine is downloadable and easily printed, and folding instructions are included, making this zine easily distributable in many communities. 

 

Read more about the project and the artists behind it on their site: www.reprorightszine.us

Instructions on how to fold the zine can be found on their site.

Download the zine by clicking here.

 

Distribute copies and send your images to zinereprorights@gmail.com or tag @reprorightszine on IG

 

 

A conversation with feminist scholar and activist Nivedita Menon, 2014 Nivedita Menon is a noted feminist writer and professor of political thought at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. She is the author of Recovering Subversion: Feminist Politics Beyond the Law (2004); and the editor of Gender and Politics in India (1999) and Sexualities (Women Unlimited, 2008).

 

 

 

Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts (http://www.newschool.edu/lang) invites you to join bell hooks and Gloria Steinem in a discussion about how feminism encourages transgression, or not. Gloria Steinem is a writer, lecturer, editor, and feminist activist. She travels in this and other countries as an organizer and lecturer and is a frequent media spokeswoman on issues of equality.

Intersectional Feminism for Beginners      Click  here  to be directed to the FAQ page of Intersectional Feminism for Beginners- a tumblr blog that will help illuminate some pressing questions for those seeking additional resources.

Intersectional Feminism for Beginners

 

Click here to be directed to the FAQ page of Intersectional Feminism for Beginners- a tumblr blog that will help illuminate some pressing questions for those seeking additional resources.

 

 

"Race Today: A Symposium on Race in America" brought a group of the nation's most respected intellectuals on race, racial theory and racial inequality together to consider the troubling state of black life in America today. What are the broader structural factors that shape race today?

First published in 1990, Michele Wallace’s   Invisibility Blues   is widely regarded as a landmark in the history of black feminism. Wallace’s considerations of the black experience in America include recollections of her early life in Harlem; a look at the continued underrepresentation of black voices in politics, media, and culture; and the legacy of such figures as Zora Neale Hurston, Toni Cade Bambara, Toni Morrison, and Alice Walker. Wallace addresses the tensions between race, gender, and society, bringing them into the open with a singular mix of literary virtuosity and scholarly rigor.   Invisibility Blues   challenges and informs with the plain-spoken truth that has made it an acknowledged classic.       Click  here  to purchase it from Verso Books.

First published in 1990, Michele Wallace’s Invisibility Blues is widely regarded as a landmark in the history of black feminism. Wallace’s considerations of the black experience in America include recollections of her early life in Harlem; a look at the continued underrepresentation of black voices in politics, media, and culture; and the legacy of such figures as Zora Neale Hurston, Toni Cade Bambara, Toni Morrison, and Alice Walker. Wallace addresses the tensions between race, gender, and society, bringing them into the open with a singular mix of literary virtuosity and scholarly rigor. Invisibility Blues challenges and informs with the plain-spoken truth that has made it an acknowledged classic.

 

Click here to purchase it from Verso Books.

 

 

When writer Roxane Gay dubbed herself a "bad feminist," she was making a joke, acknowledging that she couldn't possibly live up to the demands for perfection of the feminist movement. But she's realized that the joke rang hollow.