Some historical feminist works

Art of Feminism: Images that Shaped the Fight for Equality, 1857-2017 –  “The sheer heft of lavishly produced images will be indispensable to scholars, critics, and artists.” —Art Monthly

Discover a rich showcase of the vibrant feminist aesthetic over the last 150 years: Once again, women are on the march. And since its inception in the 19th century, the Women’s Movement has harnessed the power of images to transmit messages of social change and equality to the world.

• Features more than 350 works of art, illustration, photography, performance, and graphic design along with essays examining the legacy of the radical canon
• Highlights posters of the Suffrage Atelier, through the radical art of Judy Chicago and Carrie Mae Weems, to the cutting-edge work of Sethembile Msezane and Andrea Bowers
• Broken into three sections: Suffrage and Beyond 1857-1949; Defining Feminism 1960-1988, and Redefining Feminism 1989-Present

Readers familiar with Broad Strokes: 15 Women Who Made Art and Made HistoryWomen Art and Society, and Women Artists will also enjoy The Art of Feminism and the messages it presents.

 

A comprehensive international survey that traces the way feminists have shaped visual arts and media throughout history. Author Helena Reckitt is chair of the Women’s Art Library and a senior lecturer in curating at Goldsmiths, University of London. A heartbreaking and awe-inspiring collection of art that is a must-read for women and men alike and makes an excellent gift for the strong women in your life.
Feminism: The Essential Historical Writings – This essential volume brings together more than forty of the most important historical writings on feminism, covering 150 years of the struggle for women’s freedom. Spanning the American Revolution to the first decades of the twentieth century, these works—many long out of print or forgotten—are finally brought out of obscurity and into the light of contemporary analysis and criticism.

This richly diverse collection contains excerpts from books, essays, speeches, documents, and letters, as well as poetry, drama, and fiction by major feminist writers, including Elizabeth Cady Stanton, George Sand, Mary Wollstonecraft, Abigail Adams, Emma Goldman, Friedrich Engels, Sojourner Truth, Susan B. Anthony, John Stuart Mill, Margaret Sanger, Virginia Woolf, and many others.

The pieces in Feminism: The Essential Historical Writings cover the crucial challenges faced by women, including marriage as an instrument of oppression; a woman’s desire to control her own body; the economic independence of women; and the search for selfhood, and extensive commentaries by the editor help the reader see the historical context of each selection.

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