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Princess : A True Story of Life Behind the Veil in Saudi Arabia
by Jean P. Sasson

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Avon
Mass Market Paperback - 283 pages
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While living in Saudi Arabia, Jean Sasson befriends a woman named Sultana. Sultana wants her life to be known and she gives Jean her diaries and notes, entrusting her to write her life story. Jean does, changing names and places for Sultana's protection. The result is a vivid depiction of the... Read more

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A Room of One's Own
by Virginia Woolf, Mary Gordon(Foreword)

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Harcourt Brace
Paperback - 114 pages
Reissue edition (January 1990)
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Surprisingly, this long essay about society and art and sexism is one of Woolf's most accessible works. Woolf, a major modernist writer and critic, takes us on an erudite yet conversational--and completely entertaining--walk around the history of women in writing, smoothly comparing the architecture... Read more

 

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The Alphabet Versus the Goddess : The Conflict Between Word and Image
by Leonard Shlain

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Arkana
Paperback - 464 pages
(September 1999)
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"Literacy has promoted the subjugation of women by men throughout all but the very recent history of the West," writes Leonard Shlain. "Misogyny and patriarchy rise and fall with the fortunes of the alphabetic written word."

That's a pretty audacious claim, one that The Alphabet Versus the Goddess... Read more


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The Hillary Trap: Looking for Power in all the Wrong Places
by Laura Ingraham

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Hardcover - 228 pages
(January 15, 2000)
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In The Hillary Trap, Laura Ingraham, political analyst and MSNBC talk-show host, declares the first lady to be an inadequate role model for young women and a poor representative and champion for real women's issues. Ingraham condemns Hillary Clinton's decision to stand by her philandering husband,... Read more

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The Feminine Mystique
by Betty Friedan

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Dell Pub Co
Mass Market Paperback - 452 pages
Reissue edition (October 1984)
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Now with a new introduction, a classic first published in 1963 strikes at the core of the challenges women face both at home and in the marketplace and provides inspiration as woman continue their struggle for equality and fulfillment. Reissue. Read more

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In a Different Voice : Psychological Theory and Women's Development
by Carol Gilligan

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Harvard Univ Pr
Paperback - 184 pages
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Stiffed : The Betrayal of the American Man
by Susan Faludi

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William Morrow & Co
Hardcover - 662 pages
(October 1999)
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Susan Faludi, author of the feminist bestseller Backlash, has done it again with an exhaustive report on the betrayals felt by working men throughout the United States. American men are angry and discontented, she argues in Stiffed, because their sense of what it is to be a man has been destroyed by... Read more

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The World Split Open : How the Modern Women's Movement Changed America
by Ruth Rosen

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Viking Pr
Hardcover - 480 pages
(February 7, 2000)
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For anyone who wants a thorough introduction to the modern American women's movement, this is it: a rousing story of the revolution by a history professor who participated in its struggles. Ruth Rosen introduces her book by reminding readers of discriminatory practices that were common in pre-1960s... Read more

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Who Stole Feminism? : How Women Have Betrayed Women
by Christina Hoff Sommers

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Paperback
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Though several women have begun to speak out against the shrill and paranoic "backlash" feminism that has left many feeling slightly alienated from the term itself, it is hard to imagine a critique of that position more devastating than this from philosopher and "equity" feminist Sommers. In... Read more

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The Second Sex
by Simone De Beauvoir, et al

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Vintage Books
Paperback
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In The Second Sex, Simone de Beauvoir posed questions many men, and women, had yet to ponder when the book was released in 1953. "One wonders if women still exist, if they will always exist, whether or not it is desirable that they should ...," she says in this comprehensive treatise on... Read more

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The Confident Woman : Learn the Rules of the Game
by Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz

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Hardcover - 240 pages
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If you have low self-confidence, it's difficult to imagine being self-assured. Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz knows this firsthand. She was 5'9" at age 11--taller than the other children and the teachers. She was date-raped in college, stalked, abused in relationships, and sexually harassed at work as a... Read more

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The Beauty Myth : How Images of Beauty Are Used Against Women
by Naomi Wolf

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Anchor
Paperback - 348 pages
Reprint edition (July 1992)
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In a country where the average woman is 5-foot-4 and weighs 140 pounds, movies, advertisements, and MTV saturate our lives with unrealistic images of beauty. The tall, nearly emaciated mannequins that push the latest miracle cosmetic make even the most confident woman question her appearance.... Read more

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Gender Trouble (Tenth Anniversary Edition)
by Judith P. Butler

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Routledge
Paperback - 256 pages
1 edition (September 1999)
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In a new introduction to the 10th-anniversary edition of Gender Trouble--among the two or three most influential books (and by far the most popular) in the field of gender studies--Judith Butler explains the complicated critical response to her groundbreaking arguments and the ways her ideas have... Read more

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At the Root of This Longing : Reconciling a Spiritual Hunger and a Feminist Thirst
by Carol Lee Flinders

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Harper San Francisco
Paperback - 369 pages
1 Harper edition (June 1999)
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Judging from the numerous ancient spiritual teachings, it would be logical to conclude that spirituality and feminism are mutually exclusive. "When women take up spiritual disciplines, as we've seen, they must face down and walk through memories passed through the mother-line: of silences... Read more

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We Are Our Mothers' Daughters
by Cokie Roberts

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William Morrow & Co
Hardcover - 197 pages
(May 1998)
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Like any journalist worth her salt, renowned news correspondent Cokie Roberts knows how to ask the tough questions. In We Are Our Mothers' Daughters, she poses what has long been a real doozy: "What is woman's place?" As you might guess, her answer is manifold, reflected by the table of... Read more

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Sex and Power
by Susan Estrich

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Riverhead Books
Hardcover - 287 pages
(September 2000)
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How powerful are American women? To answer that question, Susan Estrich offers two facts: 99.94 percent of the CEOs and 97.3 percent of the top earners in America are men. Concerned about these numbers and the recent rise in women dropping out of the fast lane, or choosing not to enter at... Read more

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Backlash : The Undeclared War Against American Women
by Susan Faludi

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Anchor
Paperback - 552 pages
Reprint edition (October 1992)
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A Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter for The Wall Street Journal, Faludi lays out a two-fold thesis in this aggressive work: First, despite the opinions of pop-psychologists and the mainstream media, career-minded women are generally not husband-starved loners on the verge of nervous breakdowns.... Read more

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Manifesta : Young Women, Feminism, and the Future
by Jennifer Baumgardner, Amy Richards

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Farrar Straus & Giroux (Pap)
Paperback - 240 pages
(September 2000)
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Eleanor J. Bader, Library Journal
"A reasoned and passionate call to action and an exciting how-to guide for both burgeoning and seasoned Third Wave feminists." Read more

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Generations : A Century of Women Speak About Their Lives
by Myriam Miedzian, Alisa Malinovich(Contributor)

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Atlantic Monthly Pr
Hardcover - 592 pages
(October 1997)
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By splitting 20th-century American women into three broad generations, then funneling their commentary into musings on growing up, family, and work, this oral history by a mother-daughter team achieves rare focus and illustrates the arc of social change. Thankfully, the kaleidoscope of female... Read more

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In Our Time: Memoir of A Revolution
by Susan Brownmiller

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Dial Pr
Hardcover - 336 pages
(November 9, 1999)
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Susan Brownmiller was a Gucci-clad, 33-year-old writer grappling privately with the decidedly masculine preserve of feature journalism when she attended her first consciousness-raising session in 1968. Her first impression? Oh, brother! But as other women around the room told their stories, they... Read more

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Black Feminist Thought: Knowledge, Consciousness, and the Politics of Empowerment
by Patricia Hill Collins

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Routledge
Paperback - 320 pages
2nd edition (February 2000)
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In her introduction, Patricia Hill Collins states that her work is informed by the totality of her experience as the daughter of working-class parents, her education as a sociologist and educator, and her daily "non-scholarly activities" as wife, mother, community activist, sister, and friend. Black... Read more

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Why So Slow? : The Advancement of Women
by Virginia Valian

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MIT Press
Paperback - 424 pages
Reprint edition (March 1999)
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From Kirkus Reviews , December 1, 1997
A scholarly and convincing explanation of women's slow progress in the professions. Whether in business, law, medicine, or academia, women are not advancing at the same rate as men. They're not paid as well, they occupy less-powerful positions, and they are not as respected. In this copiously... Read more

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Life So Far
by Betty Friedan

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Simon & Schuster
Hardcover - 384 pages
(May 2000)
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Betty Friedan has given us another terrific and bravely written book--this time, it's a personal memoir from a woman who changed the world. Her many professional accomplishments are detailed here, from her beginning as a labor reporter to the creation of The Feminine Mystique and the organization of... Read more

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The Heroine's Journey
by Maureen Murdock

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Shambhala Pubns
Paperback - 213 pages
1st Ed. edition (June 1990)
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A 9 stage process that entails at first rejecting feminine values, making it in the man's world, experiencing spiritual death, and finally turning inward to reclaim the power and spirit of the feminine. Read more

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With Oil in Their Lamps : Faith, Feminism, and the Future : 2000 Madeleva Lecture in Spirituality (Madeleva Lecture in Spirituality, 2000)
by Sandra M. Schneiders

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Paulist Press
Paperback
(May 2000)
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