Still a work in progress, my feminist growth. At one point, I recall the idea being that men can’t be feminists since we’re not women. I think that is a little simplistic and one-dimensional to be true, but patriarchy persists, hopefully far less in my heart and actions than in society at large. Some influential books and booklets that have helped me open up, learn and understand the scope of the problems women face here and abroad. Not extensive or comprehensive, but these are good reminders, and I have just re-found the in boxes from storage.
- Witches, Midwives and Nurses: A History of Women Healers, by Barbara Ehrenreich and Deirdre English, Feminist Press, 1973.
- Complaints and Disorders: The Sexual Politics of Sickness, by Barbara Ehrenreich and Deirdre English, Feminist Press, 1973.
- Poverty in the American Dream: Women & Children First, by Karin Stallard, Barbara Ehrenreich and Holly Sklar, Institute for New Communications and South End Press, 1983.
- Women in the Global Factory, by Annett Fuentes & Barbara Ehrenreich, Institute for New Communications and South End Press, 1983.
- Multiple books by Starhawk, including Dreaming the Dark, Webs of Power, Truth or Dare and of course her seminal book, The Spiral Dance.
- Reweaving the Web of Life: Feminism and Nonviolence, edited by Pam McAllister, New Society Publishers, 1982.
- Wildfire: Igniting the She/volution, by Sonia Johnson, Wildfire Books, 1989.
Actually, I was more inspired by Sonia Johnson in 1984 when she ran for US president. I met her and voted for her as well. She was excommunicated by the Mormon church in the late 1970s and wrote an earlier and important book about that journey, but I don’t have it: From Housewife to Heretic (Doubleday, 1981).