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Women's Studies: Books
Library and web resources for women's studies coursework.
Beneath the nonstop cacophony of voices across social media, online forums, and news outlets lie the stubborn facts at the heart of the everyday struggles of women today: more than a third of single moms live in poverty; the United States sees more maternal deaths than anywhere else in the developed world; one in five women will be raped in her lifetime; and women still make eighty cents for every dollar earned by a man. Between these brutal statistics and the ill-informed, often contentious public debate stand millions of women who feel alienated, disaffected, or just plain worn out. In the era of #MeToo, Trump, and online harassment, innovative progressive feminist voices are more essential than ever. With her latest book, Deborah Cameron considers feminism from all sides--as an idea, as a theoretical approach, and as a political movement.
The Feminist Revolution offers an overview of women's struggle for equal rights in the late twentieth century. Beginning with the auspicious founding of the National Organization for Women in 1966, at a time when women across the world were mobilizing individually and collectively in the fight to assert their independence and establish their rights in society, the book traces a path through political campaigns, protests, the formation of women's publishing houses and groundbreaking magazines, and other events that shaped women's history.
In the aftermath of the 2016 presidential election, there was shock, outrage, and, for some, satisfaction. The misogyny, racism, and xenophobia that were features of the campaign have long been a part of American life, but many people are just now waking up to them...Here are inspiring essays from a diverse group of talented feminist writers on how we got there and what we need to do to move forward.
Named one of the "40 women who changed the media business in the last 40 years" by Columbia Journalism Review, Peggy Orenstein is one of the most prominent, unflinching feminist voices of our time. Her writing has broken ground and broken silences on topics as wide-ranging as miscarriage, motherhood, breast cancer, princess culture and the importance of girls' sexual pleasure.
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The feisty humor of Molly Ivins and the journalistic flair of Barbara Ehrenreich meet when longtime labor activist Ellen Bravo relates stories from business and government and women’s testimonies from offices, assembly lines, hospitals, and schools.
When it comes to the work/life balance, modern women continually find themselves in a no-win situation where they are criticized regardless of the path they choose. The F Word argues that the pervasive idea that women will never be able to effectively combine work or interests outside the home with marriage, a social life, and parenting is false.
A lively and compelling look back at the framing of one of the most contentious social movements of our time, Sisterhood, Interrupted exposes the key issues still at stake, outlining how a twenty-first century feminist can reconcile the personal with the political and combat long-standing inequalities that continue today.
This collection explores relations between the intimate governance of bodies and political governance. The contributors offer empirically grounded yet theoretically sophisticated case studies showing how gendered, racialized, and socioeconomic agendas structure medical and scientific practices.
While women and body image are often studied together, Body Panic considers both women's and men's bodies side-by-side and over time in order to offer a more in-depth understanding of this pervasive cultural trend.
This stimulating text presents a concise and accessible introduction to feminist theory today. Covering all the major variants of feminist political thought, it offers a unique examination of the archive of modern feminist theory from the publication of The Feminine Mystique in 1963 to current postmodernist and legal feminist texts.
The life narratives in this collection are by ethnically diverse women of energy and ambition—some well known, some forgotten over generations—who confronted barriers of gender, class, race, and sexual difference as they pursued or adapted to adventurous new lives in a rapidly changing America.
Critically Sovereign traces the ways in which gender is inextricably a part of Indigenous politics and U.S. and Canadian imperialism and colonialism. The contributors show how gender, sexuality, and feminism work as co-productive forces of Native American and Indigenous sovereignty, self-determination, and epistemology.
Commonsense beliefs and psychological research strategies -- Stereotypes, attitudes, and personal attributes -- Origins -- Developmental influences -- Sexuality : psychophysiology, psychoanalysis, and social construction -- Aggression, violence, and power -- Fear, anxiety, and mental health -- The domestic sphere -- Work, education, and occupational achievement -- Looking back and looking ahead.
"In the late eighteenth century, Hawai'i's ruling elite employed sophisticated methods for resisting foreign intrusion. By the mid-nineteenth century, however, American missionaries had gained a foothold in the islands. Jennifer Thigpen explains this important shift by focusing on two groups of women: missionary wives and high-ranking Hawaiian women. Examining the enduring and personal exchange between these groups, Thigpen argues that women's relationships became vital to building and maintaining the diplomatic and political alliances that ultimately shaped the islands' political future.
pt. 1: Why not a dollar? -- The personal cost of the wage gap : a second-class life -- pt. 2: Now add discrimination -- Cents and sensibilities -- Plain old discrimination -- Wage discrimination by sexual harassment -- Women's work -- Everyday discrimination : working while female -- Working while mother : the mommy penalty -- pt. 3: Getting even -- No more excuses -- Starting to get even -- Women, working from the inside up -- CEOs, working from the top down -- All of us, working from the outside in.
This absorbing account of Pan Am’s “Nisei” stewardess program suggests that the Japanese American (and later other Asian and Asian American) stewardesses were meant to enhance the airline’s image of exotic cosmopolitanism and worldliness. As its corporate archives demonstrate, Pan Am marketed itself as an iconic American company pioneering new frontiers of race, language, and culture.
A New York Times bestseller. This powerful memoir follows Janet Mock’s quest for identity, from an early, unwavering conviction about her gender to a turbulent adolescence in Honolulu that saw her transitioning during the tender years of high school, self-medicating with hormones at fifteen, and flying across the world alone for sex reassignment surgery at just eighteen. With unflinching honesty, Mock uses her own experience to impart vital insight about the unique challenges and vulnerabilities of trans youth and brave girls like herself.
*NY TIMES Notable Book of the Year* In clear, concise arguments, Pollitt takes on the personhood argument, reaffirms the priority of a woman's life and health, and discusses why terminating a pregnancy can be a force for good for women, families, and society. By whole-heartedly defending abortion rights, Pollitt argues, we reclaim the lives and the rights of women and mothers.
Named one of Publishers Weekly's Best Books of 2014. This essential guide gives parents and educators the tools they need to fight back against the modern stereotyping and sexualization of young girls.
While they came from different generations, Carson, Jacobs, Goodall, and Waters found their voices in the early sixties. At a time of enormous upheaval, all four stood as bulwarks against 1950s corporate culture and its war on nature.
Provides a detailed examination of medieval society's views on both gender and sexuality, and shows how they are inextricably linked. Sex roles were clearly defined in the medieval world and this book examines both the commonplace world view and the exceptions to it.
The author weaves together a fascinating--and sorely necessary--new science of women. She takes readers on a journey to uncover science's failure to understand women and to show how women's bodies and minds are finally being rediscovered.
Subtle ways women are seduced and socialized into servitude and stereotypes. Will the "real" Cinderella please stand up? -- Growing up with fairy tales -- The silencing of Cinderella's voice -- Examining influences from the past -- Cinderella's sexuality -- Women's relationships -- Leading a self- or other-determined life?
A History of Women in America integrates the stories of women in America with the national narrative of American history. The authors use accessible language and primary sources. Major ethnic groups, such as Hispanic, Latina, Chicana, and Asian women, are included.
Chronicles the revolution of women's civil rights throughout the past half century, drawing on oral history and research in a variety of disciplines while celebrating Hillary Clinton's recent presidential campaign.
Every seven minutes, someone in America commits a rape. And whether that's a football star, beloved celebrity, elected official, member of the clergy, or just an average Joe (or Joanna), there's probably a community eager to make excuses for that person.
The author combines in-depth research with an in-your-face voice to make the case that twenty-first-century America supports rapists more effectively than it supports victims.
Hillary is us -- Spousal supports -- Campaigning while female -- Five days in January -- The most restricting forces -- All about their mothers -- Boys on the bus -- Things to do in Denver if you're female -- Enter Palin -- Pop culture warriors -- The next wave is here -- The aftermath
A collection of original articles written by leading scholars in the field that examines women as offenders, professionals, and victims. This integrated approach explores current issues – including the increase in women’s imprisonment rates, women as rape survivors, women who kill in abusive relationships, and women working within the criminal justice system–which illuminates the special sanctions women face today.