The essential feminist reader (Book, 2007) []
skip to content
New coming soon
The essential feminist reader

The essential feminist reader

Author: Estelle B Freedman
Publisher: New York : The Modern Library, 2007. ©2007
Series: Modern Library classics.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Modern Library trade paperback editionView all editions and formats
Moving beyond standard texts by English and American feminist thinkers, this collection features primary source material from around the globe, including short works of fiction and drama, political manifestos, and the work of lesser-known writers.
More like this

Find a copy online

Find a copy in the library

&AllPage.SpinnerRetrieving; Finding libraries that hold this item...


Genre/Form: Essay
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Essential feminist reader.
New York : Modern Library, 2007
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Estelle B Freedman
ISBN: 0812974603 9780812974607
OCLC Number: 148837264
Description: xviii, 472 pages ; 21 cm.
Contents: The book of the city of ladies / Christine de Pizan (France, 1405) --
On the equality of the two sexes / Franc̨ois Poullain de la Barre (France, 1673) --
"The reply to Sor Philotea" / Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz (Mexico, 1691) --
A serious proposal to the ladies / Mary Astell (England, 1694) --
A vindication of the rights of woman / Mary Wollstonecraft (England, 1792) --
Flowers in the mirror / Li Ju-chen (China, c. 1800) --
Letters on the equality of the sexes / Sarah M. Grimké (United States, 1837) --
"The emancipation of working class women" / Flora Tristan (France, 1843) --
"Declaration of sentiments and resolutions" / Elizabeth Cady Stanton (United States, 1848) --
Two speeches / Sojourner Truth (United States, 1851, 1867) --
"The enfranchisement of women" / Harriet Taylor Mill (England, 1851) --
The subjection of women / John Stuart Mill (England, 1869) --
"Social purity" / Susan B. Anthony (United States, 1875) --
The doll's house / Henrik Ibsen (Sweden, 1879) --
"Daughters in boxes" / Kishida Toshiko (Japan, 1883) --
The origin of the family, private property, and the state / Friedrich Engels (Germany, 1884) --
"Equality of rights" / Francisca Diniz (Brazil, 1890) --
A voice from the South / Anna Julia Cooper (United States, 1892) --
"The solitude of self" / Elizabeth Cady Stanton (United States, 1892) --
"The yellow wallpaper" / Charlotte Perkins Gilman (United States, 1892) --
The liberation of women / Qasim Amin (Egypt, 1899). "Sultana's dream" / Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain (India, 1905) --
Stones of the jingwei bird / Qiu Jin (China, 1905-07) --
"The tragedy of woman's emancipation" / Emma Goldman (United States, 1906) --
"The social basis of the woman question" / Alexandra Kollontai (Russia, 1909) --
Three poems. "Rise up! To woman" / Sara Estela Ramírez (United States, 1910) ; "The day the mountains move" / Yosano Akiko (Japan, 1911) ; "Bread and roses" James Oppenheim (United States, 1911) --
Mi opinión / Luisa Capetillo (Puerto Rico, 1911) --
Suffrage speech at Old Bailey / Emmeline Pankhurst (England, 1912) --
Resolutions of the Zurich conference / Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (1919) --
"The damnation of women" / W.E.B. Du Bois (United States, 1919) --
Woman and the new race / Margaret Sanger (United States, 1920) --
"East and West in cooperation" / Shareefeh Hamid Ali (India, 1935) --
Three guineas / Virginia Woolf (England, 1938) --
Nation and family / Alva Myrdal (Sweden, 1941) --
"Thoughts on March 8" / Ding Ling (China, 1942) --
Speeches at Arab Feminist Conference / Huda Shaarawi (Egypt, 1944) --
"We had equality till Britain came" / Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti (Nigeria, 1947) --
The second sex / Simone de Beauvoir (France, 1949) --
Women's charter and aims / Federation of South African Women (South Africa, 1954) --
The feminine mystique / Betty Friedan (United States, 1963) --
Testimony, House Committee on Education and Labor / Pauli Murray (United States, 1970) --
"The politics of housework" / Pat Mainardi (United States, 1970). Our bodies, ourselves / Boston Women's Health Book Collective (United States, 1973) --
"A general strike" / Mariarosa Dalla Costa (Italy, 1974) --
Towards equality / Committee on the Status of Women in India (India, 1974) --
Against our will : men, women and rape / Susan Brownmiller (United States, 1975) --
"The laugh of the Medusa" / Hélène Cixous (France, 1975) --
"A Black feminist statement" / Combahee River Collective (United States, 1977) --
"The master's tools will never dismantle the master's house" / Audre Lorde (United States, 1979) --
Convention on the elimination of all forms of discrimination against women / United Nations (1979) --
"The woman's problem" / Domitila Barrios de la Chungara (Bolivia, 1980) --
"A statement on genital mutilation" / Association of African Women for Research and Development (Senegal, 1980) --
"How it all began : I have had an abortion" / Anonymous (Germany, 1981) --
"One is not born a woman" / Monique Wittig (France, 1981) --
"Notes toward a politics of location" / Adrienne Rich (United States, 1984) --
"La conciencia de la mestiza = Toward a new consciousness" / Gloria Anzaldúa (United States, 1987) --
"When sexism and racism are no longer fashionable" and "Do women have to be naked to get into the Met. Museum?" / Guerrilla Girls (United States, 1989) --
"Riot grrrl manifesto" / Kathleen Hanna [of] Bikini Kill (United States, 1992) --
"Becoming the third wave" / Rebecca Walker (United States, 1992) --
United Nations, Fourth World Conference on Women, Speeches. Opening address, plenary session / Gertrude Mongella (Tanzania) ; "The indigenous women's network, our future, our responsibility" / Winona LaDuke (United States) ; Statement of the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission / Palesa Beverley Ditsie (South Africa) (1995) --
Closing address / Gro Harlem Brundland )Norway) --
Parity of the sexes / Sylviane Agacinski (France, 1998) --
"Challenging men to reject gender stereotypes" / Jonah Gokova (Zimbabwe, 1998) --
Manifesta : young women, feminism, and the future / Jennifer Baumgardner and Amy Richards (United States, 2000) --
"Statement on the occasion of International Women's Day" / Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan (Afghanistan, 2004).
Series Title: Modern Library classics.
Responsibility: edited and with an introduction by Estelle B. Freedman.
More information:


Moving beyond standard texts by English and American feminist thinkers, this collection features primary source material from around the globe, including short works of fiction and drama, political manifestos, and the work of lesser-known writers.


Retrieving GoodReads reviews...
Retrieving DOGObooks reviews...

Confirm this request

You may have already requested this item. Please select Ok if you would like to proceed with this request anyway.

Close Window

Please sign in to WorldCat 

Don't have an account? You can easily create a free account.