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Women's History Teacher's Guide

For Further Reading

The Teach Women's History Project was a program of the Feminist Majority Foundation in the early 1990s.The materials are provided here as a rough guide to teaching women's history. This list of books does not include important works published after 1994.

Women's History Books:

Black Women in America, ed. Darlene Clark Hine (Brooklyn,NY. Carlson Publishing Co, 1993). A two-volume encyclopedia of the history of black women in America.

Black Women in White America, ed. Gerda Lerner (New York:Random House, 1992).

Century of Struggle, Eleanor Flexner (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1975). An inspiring book about the "firstwave" of the women's movement in the United States, including the suffrage struggle, women's education, labor, and property rights.

The Concise History of Woman Suffrage: Selections from the Classic Work of Stanton, Anthony, Gage, and Harper,ed. Mary Jo and Paul Buhle (Urbana, IL: University of Illinois Press,1978).

The Feminist Papers, Alice S. Rossi, ed. (New York: Bantam Books, 1973). A collection of original essays and speeches on women's rights.

Labor of Love, Labor of Sorrow: Black Women, Work, and Family from Slavery to the Present, Jacqueline Jones (New York: Basic Books, 1985).

Making Waves: An Anthology of Writings By and about Asian American Women, ed. Asian Women United of California (Boston: Beacon Press, 1989).

Moving the Mountain, Flora Davis (New York: Simon and Schuster,1991). A gripping account of the modern feminist movement, including a recap of events from 1920 to 1960.

Survival in the Doldrums: The American Women's Rights Movement, 1945 to the 1960s, Leila Rupp and Verta Taylor(Columbus, OH: Ohio State University Press, 1990).

Unequal Sisters: A Multicultural Reader in U.S. Women's History, Second Edition, ed. Vicki L. Ruiz and Ellen Carol DuBois (New York: Routledge, 1994).

Women, Work and Protest. A Century of U.S. Women's Labor History, ed. Ruth Milkman (New York: Routledge and Kegan Paul,1985).

Against the Tide: Pro-Feminist Men in the United States, 1776-1990: A Documentary History, ed. Michael S. Kimmel and Thomas Mosmiller (Boston: Beacon Press, 1992).

Feminist Theory:

A Gathering of Spirit: A Collection by North American Indian Women, Beth Brandt (Ithaca, NY: Firebrand Books, 1984).

The Feminine Mystique, Betty Friedan (New York: Dell, 1963). The classic book that helped launch the modern feminist movement.

The Grounding of Modern Feminism, Nancy F. Cott (New Haven:Yale University Press, 1987 ).

The Second Sex, Simone de Beauvoir (New York: Knopf, 1952,Vintage, 1974).

This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color, ed. Gloria Anzaldda and Cherrfe Moraga (Latham,NY: Kitchen Table Women of Color Press, 1984).

Women in Western Political Thought, Susan Moller Okin (Princeton,NJ: Princeton University Press, 1992).

Contemporary Women's Issues:

Abortion and Woman's Choice, Rosalind Pollack Petchesky (Boston: Northeastem University Press, 1990).

Against Our Will, Susan Brownmiller (New York: Bantam Books,1975).

Backlash, Susan Faludi (New York: Doubleday, 199 1). Makes a strong case for the backlash women face today as a result ofthe success of the women's movement.

Battered Wives, Del Martin (New York: Pocket Books, 1983).

For Her Own Good: 150 Years of Experts Advice to Women,Barbara Ehrenreich and Diedre English (New York: Doubleday,1989).

From Margin to Mainstream: American Women in Politics Since 1960, Susan Hartmann (New York: Alfred Knopf, 1989).

How and Why Women Will Elect the Next President, Eleanor Smeal (New York: Harper and Row, 1984). Describes the evolution of the gender gap as an electoral phenomenon and a political strategy.

Real Rape, Susan Estrich (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1987).

Sexual Harassment of Working Women, Catherine MacKinnon (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1979).

Women Working: Theories and Facts in Perspective, Second Edition, ed. Ann Helton Stromberg and Shirley Harkess (MountainView, CA: Mayfield Publishing Company, 1988).