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Feminist books that have influenced my understanding of the world: Part III

March 28, 2023

Last year during Black History month, I made three posts about books dealing with the Black Freedom Struggle that influenced how I saw the world. Now that we are in Women’s History Month, I want to do the same thing in regards to books by women, particularly feminists that influenced my understanding of the world.

I say feminist writers, as Women’s History month has evolved to the point where it is centered on identity politics, rather than the being rooted in the origins of International Women’s Day.

Two weeks ago, in Part I, I shared the titles of books that I read in the 80s and early 90s that challenged my understanding of myself and the world around me. In Part II, I provide a list of books that are from the late 1990s and early 2000’s. In today’s post – Part III, I am posting feminist books from the last 15 years that have had a tremendous influence on me.

And the Spirit Moved Them: The Lost Radical History of America’s First Feminists, by Helen LaKelly Hunt 

Abolition. Feminism. Now, by Angela Y. DavisGina DentErica R. Meiners and Beth E. Richie 

How We Get Free: Black Feminism and the Combahee River Collective, by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor 

Abolition Feminisms Vol. 1: Organizing, Survival, and Transformative Practice, by Alisa BierriaJakeya Caruthers and Brooke Lober 

Abolition Feminisms Vol. 2: Feminist Ruptures against the Carceral State, by Alisa BierriaBrooke Lober and Jakeya Caruthers 

Unapologetic: A Black, Queer, and Feminist Mandate for Radical Movements, by Charlene Carruthers 

Abolitionist Socialist Feminism: Radicalizing the Next Revolution, by Zillah Eisenstein 

A Black Women’s History of the United States, by Daina Ramey Berry and Kali Nicole Gross 

Women’s Radical Reconstruction: The Freedmen’s Aid Movement, by Carol Faulkner 

Feminism for the 99%: A Manifesto, by Cinzia ArruzzaTithi Bhattacharya and Nancy Fraser

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