EQUAL RIGHTS AMENDMENT
E.R.A. FLYERS PROWL
I Wanna Be:
Wonderful tribute to women and herstory….
h/t Casper Cat
Mothers of Invention:
Take the test!
The PumaPAC Matriarchy Club
Extensive Online Resources (Especially for Teachers
h/t Casper Cat
Women in World History
Resources for Women, minorities
Norton Anthology Of Women's Literature:
Everyone should have an anthology of women's literature.
The Norton Grove Dictionary of Women Composers
About the lives and works of 875 women composers of Western classical music.
The Dinner Party
is an installation artwork by feminist artist Judy Chicago depicting place settings for 39 mythical and historical famous women. It was produced from 1974 to 1979 as a collaboration and was first exhibited in 1979. Since 2007 it has been on permanent exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum, New York, USA.
Children's Encyclopedia of Women
By classes of children who’ve been collecting women’s stories (maybe for a decade?).
Their resource list is wonderful
Dreams Taking Flight
About Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clnton
available on Amazon for 7.41 plus 3.99 s&h
Books for children, particularly Hispanic.
There is some sort of series about a Hispanic Strega (village witch?)
"Stella Luna" comes to mind although it is about a bat!
Those are both picture book level or near it. If you want strong women in old children's books at a read yourself level,
maybe 4th grade, there's a rare one,
THE WICKED ENCHANTMENT by iirc Margot Benary-Isbert
about a good witch in Germany in mid-century, totally delightful!
"Burn It Down"
by BettyJean Kling
The Holla Back site:
Holla Back background:
The Globe story:
Get a domestic abuser registry like the sex offender registry set up.
First Wave Feminism
THE WOMAN'S BIBLE By Elizabeth Cady Stanton , Copyright 1895.
The Awakening, Kate Chopin, short novel
The Yellow Wallpaper, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, short novel
A Room of One's Own, Virginia Woolf, essay
Three Guineas, Virginia Woolf, essay
The Second Sex, Simone de Beauvoir, philosophy
Goblin Market, Christina Rossetti, poem
Aurora Leigh, Elizabeth Barrett (no "Browning" appendage necessary), epic poem
A Vindication of the Rights of Women, Wollstonecraft, Mary
London: J. Johnson, 1792.
Century of Struggle, the history of the battle for the vote, by Eleanor Flexner
This is required reading. I would worry that it isn’t dumbed down enough for today’s crowd though. At least this one has stayed in print. Nice index too.
The Feminist Papers, ed. Alice Rossi
Not exactly readable but has all the documents from Abagail Adams to Mary Wollstonecraft to British feminists and a description of Seneca Falls Convention.
If you need to quote something historical, this is the reference to have.
"Across an Untried Sea Discovering Lives Hidden in the Shadow of Convention and Time", by Julia Markus
A review of this book by Marilyn French notes that the author has, "discovered a real treasure trove—an entire community of independent women,
British and American, in the mid-nineteenth century. It leads me to wonder if such communities always existed: what a wonderful possibility!"
Second Wave Feminism
The Female Eunuch, Germaine Greer, non-fiction
Blood Bread, and Roses: How Menstruation Created the World, Judy Grahn
http://www.Metaformia.org A journal of menstruation and culture with a
link to Blood Bread, and Roses: How Menstruation Created the World, which you can read online.
The Women's Room, Marilyn French, novel
Sisterhood is Powerful, Robin Morgan
Out of print
This was the eye-opening book, the manifesto, the "click" that happened when you suddenly saw your situation from the outside and realized the deck was stacked. It was divided into sections by topic, politics, psychology, sexuality, lesbians…so you could start with something you were interested in and work into the other stuff that was more difficult or controversial later. This is probably really dated, birth control pill was new at the time, but it was a classic.
The World Split Open How the Modern Women's Movement Changed America, Ruth Rosen
Ruth Rosen chronicles the history of the American women's movement from its beginnings in the 1960s to the present. In this enthralling narrative--the first of its kind--historian and journalist Ruth Rosen chronicles the history of the American women's movement from its beginnings in the 1960s to the present. Interweaving the personal with the political, she vividly evokes the events and people who participated in our era's most far-reaching social revolution. Rosen's fresh look at the recent past reveals fascinating but little-known information including how the FBI hired hundreds of women to infiltrate the movement. Using extensive archival research and interviews, Rosen challenges readers to understand the impact of the women's movement and to see why the revolution is far from over.
The Second Sex, Beauvoir, Simone de
Translated and edited by H. M. Parshley. New York: Knopf, 1953
The Traffic in Women and Other Essays in Feminism, Emma Goldman
New York: Times Change Press, 1970.
Feminine Mystique, Betty Friedan
Born Female: The high cost of keeping women down, Caroline Bird
or Use this search string to locate:
The Redstockings 1968-1972
Third Wave Feminism
By Ann Goetting, Western Kentucky University
And pages in this section:
I'm Taking Back My Pussy!
A Transgression of Privatized Gynecological Boundaries
A Day of Unconditional Giving Refusing to be Silenced
The World Split Open, How The Modern Women 's Movement Changed America, by Ruth Rosen.
This is a must read for any one who is interested in our present 3rd Feminist Wave.
Rosen precisely lays out what worked and what didn’t work in the past, showing me that we don’t have to reinvent the wheel.
Each page not only energizes and feeds me, but actually pulls me back to show me the larger picture.
And this larger picture includes so many women and so many women’s groups.
Fear of Feminism Why young women get the willies by Lisa Maria Hogeland
published in Ms. Magazine November/December 1994
Fourth Wave Feminism
I Blame The Patriarchy
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Women in World History
America's Women (400 years of dolls, drudges, helpmates, and heroines) by Gail Collins
Perennial Press 2004 first edition
A great book about women for the past 400 years in America: Goes through women's roles from first settlers, through homesteaders, through wild west, etc. AWESOME READ. Broken into short chapters about sections of time and locations in America, so its easy to pick up and stop if you have to.
Not quite nuns but living in self sufficient communities:
There are probably more interesting writeups out there, but you'll get the idea.
Infidel, by Ayan HIrsi Ali
Read about what it is like to be a woman who is Muslim and try to break free
Guests of the Sheik: An Ethnography Of An Iraqi Village, by Elizabeth Warnock Fernea
In the 1950's, a newly-married American woman named Elizabeth Warnock Fernea accompanied her husband to a rural Iraqi village, where he was performing field research for his doctorate in anthropology. This book describes her experiences. The adjustment for her was profound, because she lived in a mud hut with no indoor plumbing, didn't speak the local language, and found it advisable to wear the veil in order to fit in with the local conservative Islamic community.
In this book, the author covers the day-to-day life of the women in the tribe, the process of slowly making friends with them as she learned their language, and the local Shiite religious observances that she shared in. She talks about the veiling of women, the practice of polygamy, the hard manual labor that is part of everyone's life, the religious customs, the food that people eat, the structure of society, and the encroachment of modern "civilized" life on the traditional rural culture.
Persepolis, by Marjane Satrapi
Persepolis, a totally unique memoir about growing up in Iran after the Shah left power. "Unfortunately, it happened in a country where people were very traditional, and other countries only saw the religious fanatics who made their response public." In her graphic novel, Satrapi, shows readers that these images do not make up the whole story about Iran. Here, she talks freely about what it was like to tell this story with both words and pictures, and why she is so proud of the result.
Nobel Laureates - Women
The official Nobel website has a specific link for women who are Nobel laureates.
Online Resources (Especially for Teachers
The deepening darkness : patriarchy, resistance, and democracy’s future ; Gilligan, Carol, 1936-
Carol Gilligan , David A.J. Richards. Published : Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2009.
The Murderer Next Door by David Buss
"When will it NOT be okay to beat threaten and kill a woman as if she were a piece of property that if the brute cannot possess completely, then he must kill her? David Buss wrote a book about it, The Murderer Next Door. As a student of evolutionary psychology, I highly recommend this book as a beginning primer for women activists. In order for a very powerful women's movement to emerge, we need to all begin to understand the underpinnings of the brute, and the society that nurtures him. I will be posting more bibliography. If any young women are reading this and are considering women's studies, I suggest strongly an emphasis on evolutionary psychology and biological psychology. "
Quotes from Women
An excellent source of quotes from women in all spheres of life.
Sci-Fi / Fantasy
by Suzette Haden Elgin
The topside of this series concerns women linguists who are interpreters - between human & non-human species. These women are members of a great family of linguists, in an oppressive male-dominated society. The interesting premise underneath the top story is about how the females communicate - in a language by women, for women. They invented their own language to express the perceptions & experiences that are peculiar to women.
In the last book of the trilogy, the story revolves around this language itself, and how language has the power to change life. The author is Suzette Haden Elgin, a linguist better know for "The Gentle Art of Verbal Self-Defense". Here is a snippet of the Wikipedia article on her: She is a supporter of feminist science fiction, saying "women need to realize that SF is the only genre of literature in which it's possible for a writer to explore the question of what this world would be like if you could get rid of [X], where [X] is filled in with any of the multitude of real world facts that constrain and oppress women. Women need to treasure and support science fiction." Overlying themes in her work include feminism, linguistics and the impact of language, and peaceful coexistence with nature.
Here is her website: http://www.sfwa.org/members/elgin/
The Story of Avis (1877) by Elizabeth Stuart Phelps
The Fifth Sacred Thing, Starhawk , environmental feminism, fantasy novel
"Impress the important lesson that the position of women anywhere affects their position everywhere." -- Susan B Anthony 1888
S.T.F.U. (Shift The Focus Up)
Grammar of Male Violence, pdf
Femicide: The Politics of Woman-Killing
Radford and -----
Amazing book, a little out of date but what an eye-opener it was.
Women For President; Media Bias in Eight Campaigns
(awaiting more info)
Women For President , Erika Falk
Women's Inhumanity to Women by Phyliss Chesler,
author of the bestselling Woman and Madness, explores the "shadow side" of sisterhood: women treating each other badly. How could her own mother have been so mean to her? How could someone who "borrowed" published ideas from her not acknowledge her or say "thank you"? In this treatise on breaking the "cycle of cruelty" between women, controversial feminist Chesler addresses why sisters fight, why some women prefer to work for men rather than for women, and other highly subjective cases of woman/woman cruelty.
Women in Refrigerators (or WiR)
is a website that was created in 1999 by a group of comic book fans. The site features a list of female comic book characters that had been injured, killed, or depowered as a plot device within various superhero comic books. Also, the site seeks to analyze why these plot devices are used disproportionately on female characters.
The Woman's Encyclopedia of Myths and Secrets, Barbara G. Walker
I don't know if anyone is looking for religion/goddess type historical stuff but I love this book. At first glance this one looks like it's way out there, and you say to yourself "Oh I have that reference and what she's saying just isn't in there", then you pull your copy off the shelf to make sure and it's in there all right--down in a foot note--you just never connected the dots.
In a similar vein but not as comprehensive, is
When God was a Woman, Merlin Stone
with some archaeological conjecture---lots of biblical references to ancient goddesses too. Still, I enjoyed reading it-- since you won't hear that sort of evidence from male archaeologists.
THE WOMAN'S BIBLE By ELIZABETH CADY STANTON , Copyright 1895.
The Spiral Dance: A Rebirth of the Ancient Religion of the Great Goddess, Starhawk
San Francisco, HarperSanFrancisco, 1979, 1989, and 1999 editions.
German, Danish, Portuguese, Japanese, Italian, Spanish, and Greek editions.
Dreaming the Dark: Magic, Sex, and Politics, Starhawk
Boston, Beacon, 1982, 1988, 1997 editions.
French and German editions.
Truth or Dare: Encounters with Power, Authority, and Mystery, Starhawk
San Francisco, HarperSanFrancisco.,1988
The Fifth Sacred Thing, Starhawk
New York, Bantam, 1993.
German, Italian, Polish, and Portuguese editions.
Circle Round: Raising Children in the Goddess Tradition, Starhawk, cowritten with Anne Hill and Diane Baker.
Illustrated by Sara Ceres Boore. New York, Bantam, 1998.
Webs of Power: Notes from the Global Uprising, Starhawk
Victoria, Canada; New Society Publishers, 2002.
Essays translated into Burmese, French, and Italian.
Women's Stories Collection
Classes of children who’ve been collecting women’s stories (maybe for a decade?).
Their resource list is wonderful too.
History of Women's Sports
Websites one might use to see how women are impacting the workplace and the world
Reviving Ophelia: Saving the Selves of Adolescent Girls’, Mary Pipher
A must read, not just for all women and girls, but for everyone who has a mother, a grandmother, a daughter, a sister, a niece, a wife, a girlfriend, or other significant (we all are) females in their lives.
SchoolGirls, Peggy Orenstein
Anchor Books 0-385-42576-7 $14.95
Inspired by a study by the American Association of University Women that showed girls' self-esteem plummeting as they reach adolescence, Peggy Orenstein spent months observing, interviewing, and getting know dozens of girls both inside and outside the classroom at two very different schools in northern California. The result was a groundbreaking book in which she brought the disturbing statistics to life with skill and flair of an experienced journalist.
My Little Red Book
Written by an 18 year old woman.
Get one for any girl 9-13 in your life.
Outrageous Women of Colonial America, by Mary Rodd Furbee
Written for ages 10-14.
Part of the series, "Outrageous Women", " Outrageous Women of Ancient Times",
"Outrageous Women of the Middle Ages", and "Ooutrageous Women of the Renaissance"
The "Outrageous Women of Colonial America"
tells the stories of women who negotiated peace treaties,
fought in wars, managed businesses and plantations,
and spoke out against injustice.
Women in World History
"Whether our feet are compressed in iron shoes, our faces hidden with veils and masks; whether yoked with cows to draw the plow through its furrows, or classed as idiots, lunatics and criminals, the principle is the same; for the humiliations of spirit are as real as the visible badges of servitude." Elizabeth Cady Stanton