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International Women's Day reading list!


To celebrate International Women's Day and the third International Women's Strike, we bring you this feminist reading list.

The International Women’s Strike is a network of women in more than 50 different countries that emerged through planning a day of action for March 8th, 2017. It is organised by and for women who have been marginalized and silenced by decades of neoliberalism directed towards the 99% of women: working women inside and outside of the home, women of color, Native women, disabled women, immigrant women, Muslim women, lesbian, CIS, queer and trans women.

This International Women's Day, we are publishing Feminism for the 99%, from three of the organizers of the International Women’s Strike: a manifesto for when “leaning in” is not enough.

The women workers of Verso will be joining the strike on March 8! Read more here. We've also donated to the Women's Strike Fund, which helps offset the costs of women leaving work and attending the strike. The nation-wide strike fund will enable women to continue to resist and organise. Please donate here, if you are able to! http://gf.me/u/q9w28p 

The Women’s Strike in Britain began with women coming together to explore our visions of the red feminist horizon – what it could look like and how, crucially – how we could get there. The argument that we want to make is that the Women’s Strike is not a one-day event set to coincide with International Women’s Day each year – it’s not an activist campaign or a “women’s” project... We are not asking for our fair share under capitalism, we have zero desire for an equality that promises nothing more than being equal to a wage slave: instead we are seeking to destroy altogether the system that by its very design – divides, harms and exploits us. We already know women’s liberation to be at the heart of the struggle. But just so we are clear: there will be no revolution until women’s lives and our labour are central to every political question.

From three of the organizers of the International Women’s Strike: a manifesto for when “leaning in” is not enough.

How the law harms sex workers—and what they want instead.

Rather than looking at surrogacy through a legal lens, Lewis argues that the needs and protection of surrogates should be put front and center. Their relationship to the babies they gestate must be rethought, as part of a move to recognize that reproduction is productive work. Only then can we begin to break down our assumptions that children “belong” to those whose genetics they share. 

A pocket colour manifesto for a new futuristic feminism.

A powerful document of theday-to-day realities of Black women in Britain.

A feminist movement clashing with China’s authoritarian government.

A lyrical debut novel from a musician and artist renowned for her sharp sexual and political imagery.

Rape: From Lucretia to #MeToo examines the role of race and the recurrent image of the black rapist, the omission of male victims, and what we mean when we talk about “rape culture.” Sanyal takes on every received opinion we have about rape, arguing with liberals, conservatives, and feminists alike.

A graphic novel of the dramatic life and death of German revolutionary Rosa Luxemburg. 

With race and the police once more burning issues, this classic work from one of America’s giants of black radicalism has lost none of its prescience or power.

An extraordinary memoir of transition and transgender politics and culture.

A passionate call to rediscover the political and emotional joy that emerges when we share our lives.

A founding text of transnational feminism.

A groundbreaking attempt to theorise the feminist subject.

“An important contribution to debates around sex and work ... deserves to be read.” – Nina Power

Groundbreaking examination of the birth, development and impact of Feminist consciousness.

“This book is a school of thought.” – Frigga Haug, Das Argument

Classic work of black feminism.

Sensitive but uncompromising socialist-feminist critique of the nuclear family.

An examination of how mainstream feminism has been mobilized in support of racist measures.

“A moving defence of the pleasures and pains of human solidarity.” – Melissa Benn, Guardian

The transatlantic story of six radical pioneers at the turn of the twentieth century.

Inside This Place, Not of It reveals some of the most egregious human rights violations within women’s prisons in the United States.