feminist books by women of color that everyone should read – go!
And her followers were off and running. @lizwithhat compiled the responses in Storify, and I thought I’d share some of the listed responses here. In part this is because I’m starting a new semester teaching Introduction to Gender and Women’s Studies again, and I am thinking again about how important it is, especially for white feminist educators like myself, to read, share, teach, pay attention to, and learn from the work of women of color writing about race and gender issues.
Women, Race, and Class, by Angela Y. Davis
Feminism is for Everybody, by bell hooks
The Color Purple, by Alice Walker
Sister Outsider, by Audre Lorde
Sister Citizen, by Melissa Harris-Perry
Black Feminist Thought, by Patricia Hill Collins
Colonize This! edited by Daisy Hernandez & Bushra Rehman
Ain’t I A Woman, by bell hooks
This Bridge Called My Back, edited by Cherrie Moraga & Gloria Anzaldua
This Bridge We Call Home, edited by Gloria Anzaldua & AnaLouise Keating
The Girl in the Tangerine Scarf, by Mohja Kahf
Mi Opinion, by Luisa Capetillo
En La Lucha, by Ada Maria Isasi-Diaz
Borderlands/La Frontera, by Gloria Anzaldua
Ain’t I A Womanist, Too? by Monica Coleman
Chicana Power, by Maylei Blackwell
Twitter rocks because this list was compiled by probably a dozen or more people, from different backgrounds and places with different interests, in minutes. Tell me where else that happens.
If you haven’t read ANY of these books or authors, your feminist education needs a little work. The great news is that now you know! And now you have the opportunity now to head to your local bookseller or library, and get busy borrowing, ordering, and buying whatever you can. There are others, to be very clear, but this will get you started.