Introductory EssaysUniversity of Montana Women's Center: a brief history of Western Feminism
International Women's Day: a brief history from the UN
"I myself have never been able to find out precisely what feminism is: I only know that people call me a feminist whenever I express sentiments that differentiate me from a doormat or a prostitute..."--Rebecca West, The Clarion, 11/14/13
Sarah Bunting: Yes You Are
Clover Patch's FAQ
Sage (Persephone's Box): Feminism 101
Karen Healey (Girls Read Comics (And They're Pissed)): I'm not doing this twice
"The reason racism is a feminist issue is easily explained by the inherent definition of feminism. Feminism is the political theory and practice to free all women: women of color, working-class women, poor women, physically challenged women, lesbians, old women --as well as white economically privileged heterosexual women. Anything less than this is not feminism, but merely female self-aggrandizement."--Barbara Smith, 1979
Bitch PhD: Feminisms
The Happy Feminist: Feminism is not a monolith
There are just two pieces of dogma in my feminist tent:
You’ll notice that they have nothing to do with: men, race, class, liberty, religion, teleology, biology, consumerism, violence, sex, or shoes. This is deliberate.
- Society deals with gender in a way that, on balance, harms women.
- This is a problem that must be corrected.
yami: Defining Feminism: Once More, with Feeling
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