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by Robin Morgan

Sisterhood Is Global has been revered as the essential feminist text on the international women's movement since its first appearance, when it was hailed as "a historic publishing event." The anthology features original essays Morgan commissioned from a deliberately eclectic mix of women both famous and less known-grass-roots activisits, politicians, scholars, querillas, novelists, social scientists, and journalists-representing seventy countries, from every region and political system, with particular emphasis on the Global South. These truth-telling, impassioned essays celebrate the diversity as well as the similarity of women's experience; they also reveal shared female rage, vision, and pragmatic strategies for worldwide feminist solidarity and political transformation.The first such international collection, Sisterhood Is Global became an instant classic and remains unequalled in its breadth and comprehensiveness. The book covers Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, and includes moving essays from such distinguished writers as Marjorie Agosin (Chile), Ama Ata Aidoo (Ghana), Shulamit Aloni (Israel), Peggy Antrobus (Caribbean), Simone de Beauvoir (France), Lidia Falcon (Spain), Hema Goonatilake (Sri Lanka), Fatima Mernessi (Morocco), Nawal El Saadawi (Egypt), Ana Titkow (Poland), Marilyn Waring (New Zealand), and Xiao Lu (China).
Download Sisterhood is Global: The International Women's Movement Anthology epub
ISBN: 1558611606
ISBN13: 978-1558611603
Category: Politics
Subcategory: Social Sciences
Author: Robin Morgan
Language: English
Publisher: The Feminist Press at CUNY; Reprint edition (November 1, 1996)
Pages: 832 pages
ePUB size: 1925 kb
FB2 size: 1196 kb
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This is a classic feminist work that I read back in the early 70's and it was the book that opened my eyes to feminism.
Met all expectations.
Robin Morgan (born 1941) is a former child actor turned American feminist activist, writer, poet, and editor (Ms. Magazine editor-in-chief from 1989-1993). She was a founding member of New York Radical Women and W.I.T.C.H., and also founded the Women's Media Center. She has written/edited books such as Sisterhood Is Powerful: An Anthology of Writings from the Women's Liberation Movement,Sisterhood Is Forever: The Women's Anthology for a New Millennium,The Burning Time,Saturday's Child: A Memoir, etc.

This book contains contributions from 68 nations. Morgan wrote in the 'Prefatory Note' to this 1984 collection, "The women whose articles appear ... are a deliberately eclectic mix: grass-roots organizers, members of parliaments, novelists, scientists, journalists, guerrillas, scholars, poets, former heads of states, women in exile or underground, public feminist spokespersons and 'closet feminists' in international diplomatic circles, activists and theorists, women never before heard from and women already known worldwide. The political spectrum embraces radical feminist, moderate/reform feminist, and socialist feminist, to show as wide as possible a world view of women's activism."

Here are some quotations from the book:

"Not only are females most of the poor, the starving, and the illiterate, but women and children constitute more than 90 percent of all refugee populations." (Pg. 2)
"It is hardly surprising that, country after country, education emerges as the first step in the long journey toward women's freedom." (Pg. 31)
"Feminism was thought to be a Western phenomenon. But an idea's origins, it was agreed, ought not to be the main consideration in one's judgment of its validity." (Pg. 331)
"The greatest enemy of any enlightened society and of freedom for all uman beings---and especially women---is the organized clergy." (Pg. 363)
"...feminism also meets up with an economic and social reality so dramatic that, ironically, it does not allow women from the poorer classes to recognize that they are oppressed AS WOMEN." (Pg. 553)
"The mere fact that feminism appears to have originated in 'developed capitalistic countries' is taken as a main argument against it. It seems that certain ideas are good only because they came from certain parts of the world." (Pg. 736)
"Women, like men, are just ordinary human beings subject to the same temptations when in the position of power." (Pg. 743)