Reading Resources on Radical Women and Socialist Feminism

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

In Defense of Marxist Feminism: Radical Women and Freedom Socialist Party Debate the International Socialist Organization

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

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

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

Women Workers: Sparkplugs of Labor, by Heidi Durham and Megan Cornish

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

Feminist theory

The Emancipation of Women, by V.I. Lenin, with an appendix, "Lenin on the Woman Question," by Clara Zetkin

The Feminine Mystique
, by Betty Friedan

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

Permanent Revolution and Women's Emancipation, by Murry Weiss and Robert Crisman

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

Woman under Socialism, by August Bebel

Women and the Family, by Leon Trotsky

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


Century of Struggle, by Eleanor Flexner

Personal Politics, by Sara Evans

The Rising of the Women, by Meredith Tax

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

People of Color

Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, by Vine Deloria

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

De Colores Means All of Us, by Elizabeth Martinez

Making Waves, by Asian Women United

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

The Political Organizer is a Leader, by James Forman

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

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

Voices of Color, edited by Yolanda Alaniz and Nellie Wong

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

Women, Race, and Class, by Angela Davis


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

Transgender Warrior, by Leslie Feinberg

The Gay Militants, by Donn Teal

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


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

The Communist Manifesto, by Karl Marx and Frederick Engels

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


The Autobiography of Ida B. Wells Barnett

The Autobiography of Mother Jones

Lucy Parsons: American Revolutionary
, by Carolyn Ashbaugh

Leon Trotsky: His Life and Ideas, by Helen Gilbert

The Rebel Girl: An Autobiography, by Elizabeth Gurley Flynn