A powerful study of the women's liberation movement in the U.S., from abolitionist days to the present, that demonstrates how it has always been hampered by the racist and classist biases of its leaders. From the widely revered and legendary political activist and scholar Angela Davis.
|Publisher:||Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group|
|Edition description:||1st Vintage Books Edition|
|Product dimensions:||5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.60(d)|
About the Author
Angela Y. Davis is a political activist, scholar, author, and speaker. She is an outspoken advocate for the oppressed and exploited, writing on Black liberation, prison abolition, the intersections of race, gender, and class, and international solidarity with Palestine. She is the author of several books, including Women, Race, and Class and Are Prisons Obsolete? She is the subject of the acclaimed documentary Free Angela and All Political Prisoners and is Distinguished Professor Emerita at the University of California, Santa Cruz.
Table of Contents1. The Legacy of Slavery: Standards for a New Womanhood
2. The Anti-Slavery Movement and the Birth of Women's Rights
3. Class and Race in the Early Women's Rights Campaign
4. Racism in the Woman Suffrage Movement
5. The Meaning of Emancipation According to Black Women
6. Education and Liberation: Black Women's Perspective
7. Woman Suffrage at the Turn of the Century: The Rising Influence of Racism
8. Black Women and the Club Movement
9. Working Women, Black Women, and the History of the Suffrage Movement
10. Communist Women
11. Rape, Racism and the Myth of the Black Rapist
12. Racism, Birth control and Reproductive Rights
13. The Approaching Obsolescence of Housework: A Working-class Perspective
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Women, Race, and Class based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
This is one of those books that I had always meant to read but just never did, and now I regret not picking it up sooner! It is smart, mind-opening, and just as relevant now as when it was published nearly 30 years ago. This is absolutely required reading, not just for all feminists, not just for all who say "i'm not a feminist, but....", but for all women. In this day and age, we have to work together with women from all races, classes, and cultures to create a more equitable society. Reading this book is a great place to start.
Angela Davis does a great job in explaining the historical and contemporary issues within women's movements that overlook the needs of black and other non-white women. This book could easily read as the precursor to Dorothy Robert's "Killing the Black Body" as there is some overlap in subject matter between the two books: slavery, early Woman's Suffrage Movements (and the racism in them), and most obviously, a section on reproductive rights. Davis also attacks capitalism while she's at it and even includes a section on notable women (both black and white) within the Communist movement in this country. A very easy and educational read.
This book had the most incredible and insightful research. The detailed information on the plight of the enslaved woman was amazing. Another favorite chapter of mine was, Racism, Birth Control, and Reproductive Rights. The previously mentioned chapter sheds light on widespread practice of surgical sterilization. Ms. Davis especially makes a point of how this practice was forced upon the poor. It was also refreshing to read about women who were influential in the Communist and Worker's Rights movements. There was also eye-opening accounts of how racism was rampant in the suffrage movement. This book was straightforward nothing but the facts. I would have liked Ms. Davis to convey more of her thoughts and feelings. You can gather her perspective to a degree but you do not close the book feeling like any certain view was being forced upon you.
one of the first black feminist books i read. a must read for all feminists.
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