Chicana Feminist Thought: The Basic Historical Writings

10 best books like Chicana Feminist Thought: The Basic Historical Writings (Alma M. García): Black Macho and the Myth of the Superwoman, Living for the Revolution: Black Feminist Organizations, 1968-1980, Blues Legacies and Black Feminism: Gertrude "Ma" Rainey, Bessie Smith, and Billie Holiday, This Bridge We Call Home: Radical Visions for Transformation, Arab & Arab American Feminisms: Gender, Violence, & Belonging, Dragon Ladies: Asian American Feminists Breathe Fire, Words of Fire: An Anthology of African-American Feminist Thought, A Xicana Codex of Changing Consciousness: Writings, 2000-2010, Chicana Power!: Contested Histories of Feminism in the Chicano Movement, The Montgomery Bus Boycott and the Women Who Started It: The Memoir of Jo Ann Gibson Robinson

Black Macho and the Myth of the Superwoman
AuthorMichele Wallace
Originally published in 1978, this book caused a storm of controversy as Michele Wallace blasted the masculinist bias of the black politics that emerged from the sixties. She described how women remained marginalized by the patriarchal culture of Black Power and the ways in which a genuine female...
AuthorKimberly Springer
The first in-depth analysis of the black feminist movement, Living for the Revolution fills in a crucial but overlooked chapter in African American, women’s, and social movement history. Through original oral history interviews with key activists and analysis of previously unexamined organizational...
Blues Legacies and Black Feminism: Gertrude "Ma" Rainey, Bessie Smith, and Billie Holiday
AuthorAngela Y. Davis
From one of this country's most important intellectuals comes a brilliant analysis of the blues tradition that examines the careers of three crucial black women blues singers through a feminist lens. Angela Davis provides the historical, social, and political contexts with which to reinterpret...
This Bridge We Call Home: Radical Visions for Transformation
AuthorGloria E. Anzaldúa
Over 20 years after the ground-breaking anthology This Bridge Called My Back challenged feminists to envision new forms of communities and practices, Gloria E. Anzaldúa and AnaLouise Keating have brought together an ambitious new collection of over 80 original contributions offering a bold new...
Arab & Arab American Feminisms: Gender, Violence, & Belonging
AuthorRabab Abdulhadi
In this collection, Arab and Arab American feminists enlist their intimate experiences to challenge simplistic and long-held assumptions about gender, sexuality, and commitments to feminism and justice-centered struggles. Contributors hail from multiple geographical sites, spiritualities,...
Dragon Ladies: Asian American Feminists Breathe Fire
AuthorSonia Shah
From the global trade in Asian women workers to the elitism of the white feminist movement, no ground is sacred. These women warrriors don't mince words but speak with fierce conviction and surprising insight.This book showcases the growing politicization of Asian American women and their emerging...
Words of Fire: An Anthology of African-American Feminist Thought
AuthorBeverly Guy-Sheftall
I enjoyed this reader but I didn't appreciate that it was written ONLY for African-American women. The anthology would have been more comprehensive had it included the experiences of Black women around the world. Are they not connected to African-American woman's experience here in the states?

AuthorCherríe L. Moraga
A Xicana Codex of Changing Consciousness features essays and poems by Cherríe L. Moraga, one of the most influential figures in Chicana/o, feminist, queer, and indigenous activism and scholarship. Combining moving personal stories with trenchant political and cultural critique, the writer,...
Chicana Power!: Contested Histories of Feminism in the Chicano Movement
AuthorMaylei Blackwell
The first book-length study of women's involvement in the Chicano Movement of the late 1960s and 1970s, Chicana Power! tells the powerful story of the emergence of Chicana feminism within student and community-based organizations throughout southern California and the Southwest. As Chicanos...
The Montgomery Bus Boycott and the Women Who Started It: The Memoir of Jo Ann Gibson Robinson
AuthorJo Ann Gibson Robinson
The Montgomery Bus Boycott, which ignited the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s, has always been vitally important in southern and black history.  With the publication of this book, the boycott becomes a milestone in the history of American women as well.

"This autobiographical...
AuthorDorothy I. Height
Dorothy Height marched at civil rights rallies, sat through tense White House meetings, and witnessed every major victory in the struggle for racial equality. Yet as the sole woman among powerful, charismatic men, someone whose personal ambition was secondary to her passion for her cause, she has...
AuthorLoretta J. Ross
“If you have come to help me, please go away. But, if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, let us work together.”—Lila Watson, Aboriginal Activist

Vibrant. Strong. Fierce. Undivided Rights captures the evolving and largely unknown activist history of women...
AuthorAna Castillo
The "I" in these critical essays by novelist, poet, scholar, and activist/curandera Ana Castillo is that of the Mexic-Amerindian woman living in the United States. The essays are addressed to everyone interested in the roots of the colonized woman's reality. Castillo introduces the term Xicanisma...
AuthorChela Sandoval
In a work with far-reaching implications, Chela Sandoval does no less than revise the genealogy of theory over the past thirty years, inserting what she terms "U.S. Third World feminism" into the narrative in a way that thoroughly alters our perspective on contemporary culture and subjectivity.What...
AuthorVivien Labaton
Young feminists today are becoming activists on behalf of many causes beyond the classic—and indispensable--feminist ones of reproductive rights and equal pay for equal work. In The Fire This Time, Dawn Martin, one of four founders of The Third Wave Foundation--a multiracial, multi-issue, and...
"With His Pistol in His Hand": A Border Ballad and Its Hero
AuthorAmérico Paredes
Gregorio Cortez Lira, a ranchhand of Mexican parentage, was virtually unknown until one summer day in 1901 when he and a Texas sheriff, pistols in hand, blazed away at each other after a misunderstanding. The sheriff was killed and Gregorio fled immediately, realizing that in practice there was one...
Pedagogies of Crossing: Meditations on Feminism, Sexual Politics, Memory, and the Sacred
AuthorM. Jacqui Alexander
M. Jacqui Alexander is one of the most important theorists of transnational feminism working today. Pedagogies of Crossing brings together essays she has written over the past decade, uniting her incisive critiques, which have had such a profound impact on feminist, queer, and critical race theories,...
The Truth That Never Hurts: Writings on Race, Gender, and Freedom
AuthorBarbara Smith
 The Truth That Never Hurts: Writings on Race, Gender, and Freedom brings together more than two decades of literary criticism and political thought about gender, race, sexuality, power, and social change. As one of the first writers in the United States to claim black feminism for black women, Barbara...
Yearning: Race, Gender, and Cultural Politics
Authorbell hooks
bell hook's fourth book crosses disciplinary boundaries in major debates on postmodern theory, cultural criticism, and the politics of race and gender. She values postmodernism's insights while warning that the fashionable infatuation with "discourse" about "difference" is dangerously detachable...
500 Years of Chicana Women's History/500 Años de la Mujer Chicana
AuthorElizabeth Martínez
Named the 2009 AAUP Best of the Best - Outstanding Book Distinction

The history of Mexican Americans spans more than five centuries and varies from region to region across the United States. Yet most of our history books devote at most a chapter to Chicano history, with even less attention to...
Separate Roads to Feminism: Black, Chicana, and White Feminist Movements in America's Second Wave
AuthorBenita Roth
This book is about the development of white women's liberation, black feminism and Chicana feminism in the 1960s and 1970s, the era known as the "second wave" of U.S. feminist protest. Benita Roth explores the ways that feminist movements emerged from the Civil Rights/Black Liberation movement,...
Still Brave: The Evolution of Black Women's Studies
AuthorFrances Smith Foster
Cheryl Clarke, Angela Davis, bell hooks, June Jordan, Audre Lorde, and Alice Walker—from the pioneers of black women’s studies comes Still Brave, the definitive collection of race and gender writings today. Including Alice Walker’s groundbreaking elucidation of the term “womanist,”...
White Women, Race Matters: The Social Construction of Whiteness
AuthorRuth Frankenberg
Traditional debates concerning racially hierarchical societies have tended to focus on the experience of being black. White Women, Race Matters breaks with this tradition by focusing on the particular experiences of white women in a racially hierarchical society. By considering the ways in which...
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