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Feminists of Different Generations Make Book Recommendations

Womens Voices Bookshop Santa Cruz

Inspired by the storyline of The Female Persuasion, Bookshop asked feminists from different generations to recommend books to each other. What books should young feminists read to understand the history of the movement? What books do young feminists feel represent the issues facing young feminists today? See details about our event with Meg Wolitzer, author of The Female Persuasion here.
 
Join the conversation: What books would you recommend? Let us know here.
 
 
 
On Lies, Secrets, and Silence: Selected Prose, 1966-1978 Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9780393312850
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - April 17th, 1995

As a budding feminist riding the Second Wave, and entering consciousness a little later than many in my generation, the single book that launched me into whole new ways of thinking was Adrienne Rich’s On Lies, Secrets and Silence (Norton, 1978). She put into practice such a decidedly women-centered, feminist standpoint that it flipped everything on its head for me. Imagine thinking about Emily Dickinson as a woman in love with another woman! The chapter was called Vesuvius at Home.” Or another essay that took my breath away, When the Dead Awaken: Writing as Re-vision.” Or another, Conditions for Work: The Common World of Women.” And her essay, It is the Lesbian in Us” roared into my consciousness as I was then struggling with my identity. Of course, I read Rich’s poetry, and other essays, and her monumental study of motherhood. But it was that first experience with her work that so affected me and launched me into what was then called Women’s Studies. I think many young people today, especially if interested in literature, and a new world of ideas, would still find the work fascinating and uplifting. —Bettina Aptheker Dr. Bettina Aptheker is a distinguished Professor of Feminist Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz.


Women, Race, & Class Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780394713519
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Published: Vintage - February 12th, 1983

Brilliant analysis of the intersections of gender, race, and class. A real primer for understanding the overlapping complexities of the issues. Helps to explain why it is fallacious to have discussions about single issues without understanding their interconnectedness. —Reverend Deborah Johnson
 
Reverend Deborah Johnson is the founding minister and president of Inner Light Ministries in Soquel. A life-long social justice activist, Rev. Deborah is the successful co-litigant in two landmark cases in California – one set precedent for the inclusion of sexual orientation in the state’s Civil Rights Bill, the other defeated the challenge to legalizing domestic partnerships. A voice for compassion, equality, and reconciliation, her primary focus has been on coalition building, conflict resolution, public policy development, and cultural sensitivity awareness.


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Overwhelmed: How to Work, Love, and Play When No One Has the Time Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781250062383
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Published: Picador - March 3rd, 2015

Journalist Brigid Schulte captures the history, culture and societal structures that create the harrying tug and pull of being a working mama in America today. She dives into time and leisure studies, human motivation, gender roles, cultural norms, parenting philosophy, brain development, social policy, childcare, adult play groups (the more innocent variety) and more. Great for those seeking a language to describe the phenomena of modern working families and a shift from perpetual busyness to a state of time serenity.” Like Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In, much of the book is most relevant to professional workers, but most Americans, men included, will find something liberating in its pages. —Allison Guevara
 
Allison Guevara is a mom and organizational development consultant specializing in wellness and work-family systems that generate equitable, empowered and thriving communities.


I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781524700485
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - October 17th, 2017

Erika Sánchez is a writer and feminist living in Chicago and the daughter of Mexican immigrants. This book follows the story of Juliá, a young first-generation woman as she struggles against traditional ideals while also striving to maintain her cultural identity and connections. — Madelyn Lara-Villalpando

 

Madelyn Lara-Villalpando is an undergraduate student at UCSC and is double majoring in Literature and Latin American Latino Studies. She is from San Diego, California and identifies as Xicanx. She works at the Chicano Latino Resource Center and the Women’s Center. Her current research centers around the construction and use of identity labels within Latin American communities in the U.S.


Corazón Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9781945649134
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Published: Not a Cult - March 2018

Yesika Salgado is a Salvadoraña living in Los Angeles and is co-founder of the Latina Feminist collective, Chingona Fire. This book is a deconstruction on love as it is redefined over and over with each poem. The journey taken throughout the book by these poems in order to heal this idea of love is filled with familiar themes framed in a way that will resonate with the Latinx community. Madelyn Lara-Villalpando

Madelyn Lara-Villalpando is an undergraduate student at UCSC and is double majoring in Literature and Latin American Latino Studies. She is from San Diego, California and identifies as Xicanx. She works at the Chicano Latino Resource Center and the Women’s Center. Her current research centers around the construction and use of identity labels within Latin American communities in the U.S.