Women's Liberation!: Feminist Writings That Inspired a Revolution & Still Can

Alix Kates Shulman (Editor) Honor Moore (Editor)

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$39.95  $36.75
Library of America
Publish Date
February 16, 2021
6.2 X 9.3 X 1.6 inches | 2.1 pounds
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About the Author

Alix Kates Shulman, who in 1967 became a leading activist in the women's liberation movement, is the author of five novels, including the best-selling Memoirs of an Ex-Prom Queen, three memoirs, including the award-winning Drinking the Rain, two books on the anarchist Emma Goldman, an essay collection, and three children's books.

Honor Moore is the author of the memoirs Our Revolution: A Mother and Daughter at Midcentury and The Bishop's Daughter, the latter a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist, and the biography The White Blackbird: A Life of the Painter Margarett Sargent by Her Granddaughter, a New York Times Notable Book. She is the editor of two volumes in Library of America's American Poets Project: Poems from the Women's Movement and Amy Lowell: Selected Poems.


Both a comprehensive introduction to the movement and a persuasive defense of its revolutionary nature. --Publishers Weekly

"It's hard to remember, especially if you weren't yet born, about the rights women have not always enjoyed, the laws that undervalued women, or the cultural mores that subordinated us. I was born, grew up, and came of age in the tumultuous times this anthology covers (1960s-1990s) and these writings became foundational for me and millions of other women: Simone de Beauvoir, Kate Millet, Audre Lorde, Susan Brownmiller, Maxine Hong Kingston, bell hooks, (to name a few) and their texts about abortion, pornography, birth control, sexuality, identity, family, sexual harassment, the erotic, sisterhood, date rape, race, and a constellation of social justice issues precipitated a future more appealing than our past. It was here, within these ninety(ish) pieces, women began to subvert their position as Other through writing, meaning other than the default: men. Shulman and Moore have also been activists and participants in the feminist movement from the start, and created feminist literature themselves. Ordered chronologically, these pieces smartly convey the movement's development; it's important to know from whence feminism came in order to know where we are going, and this anthology sculpts a path for that to happen." --Kerri Arsenault, LitHub