Reading Resources for Socialist Feminists

Radical Women ideas and history

The Radical Women Manifesto: Socialist Feminist Theory, Program and Organizational Structure

Estamos en la Lucha: Immigrant Women Light the Fires of Resistance, by Christina López

High Voltage Women: Breaking Barriers at Seattle City Light, by Ellie Belew

Lesbianism: A Socialist Feminist Perspective, by Susan Williams

Revolution, She Wrote, by Clara Fraser.Includes the Radical Women position papers, Woman as Leader, Response to 'Notes on Leadership,' Which Road to Women's Liberation, and The Emancipation of Women

Seize the Time! Radical Women's Work with Black Panther Party, a documentary album

Socialist Feminism: The First Decade, 1966-1976,
by Gloria Martin

Women of Color: Front-runners for Freedom, by Nancy Reiko Kato

Women’s Bodies Are a Battlefield: Climate destruction, the refugee crisis and reproductive justice, by Debbie Brennan and Maudie Osborne

Women's Psychology: Mental Illness as a Social Disease, by Susan Williams

Feminist theory

The Emancipation of Women, by V.I. Lenin

The Feminine Mystique, by Betty Friedan

The Hidden Face of Eve, by Nawal El Saadawi

The Natural Superiority of Women, by Ashley Montague

Origin of the Family, Private Property and the State, by Frederick Engels

Murry Weiss on Women's Emancipation and the Future of the Fourth International

Sister Outsider, by Audre Lorde

The War on the Disabled: Adding Insult to Injury, by Heidi Durham

Women's Evolution: From Matriarchal Clan to Patriarchal Family by Evelyn Reed


At the Dark End of the Street: Black Women, Rape and Resistance: A New History of the Civil Rights Movement, by Danielle L. McGuire

Black Women in White America: A Documentary History, edited by Gerda Lerner

Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, by Vine Deloria, Jr.

Century of Struggle, by Eleanor Flexner

A People’s History of the United States, by Howard Zinn

Personal Politics: The Roots of Women's Liberation in the Civil Rights Movement and the New Left, by Sara Evans

The Revolution Question: Feminisms in El Salvador, Chile and Cuba, by Julie Shayne

The Rising of the Women: Feminist Solidarity and Class Conflict, 1880-1917, by Meredith Tax

Viva la Raza: A History of Chicano Identity and Resistance, by Yolanda Alaniz and Megan Cornish

The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration, by Isabel Wilkerson

When and Where I Enter: Black Women's Impact on Race and Sex in America, by Paula Giddings

When Biology Became Destiny: Women in Weimar and Nazi Germany, by Renate Bridenthal, Atina Grossman, Marion Kaplan

People of Color

Black Macho and the Myth of the Superwoman, by Michele Wallace

Black Women Writers and the Sexual Mountain, by Calvin Hernton

De Colores Means All of Us, by Elizabeth Martinez

Conquest: Sexual Violence and American Indian Genocide, by Andrea Smith

Daughters of the Pacific, by Zohl de Ishtar

Home Girls: A Black Feminist Anthology, edited by Barbara Smith

Killing the Black Body, by Dorothy E. Roberts

Legacy to Liberation: Politics and Culture of Revolutionary Asian Pacific America, edited by Fred Ho

Making Waves: An Anthology of Writings By and About Asian American Women, by Asian Women United

The Montgomery Bus Boycott and the Women Who Started It, by Jo Ann Robinson

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, Michelle Alexander

The Political Organizer is a Leader, by James Forman

Revolutionary Integration: A Marxist Analysis of African American Liberation, by Richard Fraser and Tom Boot

Sojourning for Freedom: Black Women, American Communism, and the Making of Black Left Feminism, by Erik S. McDuffie

Talking Back: Voices of Color, edited by Nellie Wong

This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color, edited by Gloria Anzaldúa and Cherrié Moraga

Three Asian American Writers Speak Out on Feminism, by Nellie Wong, Merle Woo, and Mitsuye Yamada

Undivided Rights: Women of Color Organize for Reproductive Justice, edited by Jael Silliman and Loretta Ross

Voices of Color, edited by Yolanda Alaniz and Nellie Wong

Women, Race, and Class, by Angela Davis


AIDS Hysteria: A Marxist Analysis, by Stephen Durham and Susan Williams

The Gay Militants, by Donn Teal

Gay Resistance: The Hidden History, by Sam Deaderick and Tamara Turner

Smash the Church, Smash the State! The Early Years of Gay Liberation, edited by Tommi Avicolli Mecca

Trans Liberation: Beyond Pink or Blue, by Leslie Feinberg

Transgender Warrior, by Leslie Feinberg

The Very Inside: An Anthology of Writing by Asian and Pacific Islander Lesbian and Bisexual Women, edited by Sharon Lim-Hing


America's Road to Socialism, by James P. Cannon

The Communist Manifesto, by Karl Marx and Frederick Engels

Reform or Revolution, by Rosa Luxemburg

Socialism for Skeptics, by Clara Fraser (also included in Revolution, She Wrote)

Woman under Socialism, by August Bebel

Women and the Family, by Leon Trotsky


Assata: The Autobiography of Assata Shakur

The Autobiography of Mother Jones

Bride of the Revolution: Krupskaya and Lenin, by Robert H. McNeal

Crusade for Justice: The Autobiography of Ida B. Wells Barnett

Eleanor Marx: A Life, by Rachel Holmes

Leon Trotsky: His Life and Ideas, by Helen Gilbert

Lucy Parsons: American Revolutionary, by Carolyn Ashbaugh

The Rebel Girl: An Autobiography, by Elizabeth Gurley Flynn


Breakfast Lunch Dinner, by Nellie Wong

A Comrade is Precious as a Rice Seedling, by Mila Aguilar

Woman Sitting at the Machine, Thinking, by Karen Brodine

Yellow Woman Speaks, by Merle Woo