Feminist texts written by women of color


This list is stil a work in progress, but I really wanted to get it posted.  I have either read parts of/all of the texts below or they have been recommended to me.  Please reblog and add your own suggestions to the list.  Each time someone adds something new, I’ll go back to this original post and make sure to include them.  Thanks and enjoy!


  • Women, Race, and Class by Angela Davis
  • Women Culture and Politics by Angela Davis
  • Black Feminist Thought by Patricia Hill Collins
  • Borderlands/La frontera: The New Mestiza by Gloria Anzaldua
  • Aint I a Woman: Black Women and Feminism by bell hooks
  • Feminism is for Everybody by bell hooks
  • Feminist Theory from Margin to Center by bell hooks
  • Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde
  • Feminism without Borders: Decolonizing Theory, Practicing Solidarity by Chandra Talpade Mohanty
  • Medicine Stories by Aurora Levins Morales
  • Reimagining Equality: Stories of Gender, Race, and Finding Home by Anita Hill
  • Killing the Black Body: Race, Reproduction, and the Meaning of Liberty by Dorothy Roberts
  • Conquest: Sexual Violence and American Indian Genocide by Andrea Smith
  • Pilgrimages/Peregrinajes: Theorizing Coalition Against Multiple Oppressions (Feminist Constructions) by Maria Lugones (submitted by oceanicheart)
  • Feminism FOR REAL: Deconstructing the Academic Industrial Complex of Feminism by Jessica Yee (submitted by oceanicheart)
  • Communion: The Female Search for Love by bell hooks (via easternjenitentiary)
  • Nervous Conditions by Tsisti Dangarembga (via easternjenitentiary)
  • A Taste of Power by Elaine Browne (via tinajenny)
  • Talkin’ Up to the White Woman: Indigenous Women and Feminism by Aileen Moreton-Robinson (via jalwhite)
  • I Am Woman: A Native Perspective on Sociology and Feminism by Lee Maracle  (via jalwhite)
  • Shadowboxing: Representations of Black Feminist Politics by Joy James (via jalwhite)
  • Re-Creating Ourselves by Molara Ogundipe-Leslie (via reallifedocumentarian)
  • Chicana Feminist Thought by Alma M. Garcia (via eggplantavenger)
  • Queer Latinidad by Juana Maria Rodriguez (via eggplantavenger)
  • The Truth That Never Hurts by Barbara Smith (via sisteroutsider)
  • Pilgrimages/Peregrinajes: Theorizing Coalition Against Multiple Oppressions by Maria Lugones (via guckfender)
  • Consequence: Beyond Resisting Rape by Loolwa Khazzoom (via galesofnovember)
  • The Autobiography of My Mother by Jamaica Kincaid (via wherethewildthingsmoved)


  • Companeras: Latina Lesbians by Juanita Ramos and the Lesbian History Project
  • Colonize This! Young Women of Color on Today’s Feminism edited by Daisy Hernandez
  • This Bridge Called My Back edited by Cherríe Moraga and Gloria Anzaldúa
  • this bridge we call home: radical visions for transformation edited by Gloria Anzaldúa and AnaLouise Keating
  • Making Face, Making Soul/Haciendo Caras: Creative and Critial Perspectives by Feminists of Color edited by Gloria Anzaldua
  • Women Writing Resistance: Essays from Latin America and the Caribbean edited by Jennifer Browdy de Hernandez
  • Unequal Sisters edited by Ellen DuBois and Vicki Ruiz
  • Chicana Feminist Thought: The Basic Historical Writings edited by Alma M. Garcia (submitted by oceanicheart)
  •  Undivided Rights: Women of Color Organize for Reproductive Justice (submitted by oceanicheart)
  • The Color of Violence: The Incite! Anthology
  • I Am Your SIster by Audre Lorde (via marlahangup)
  • Indigenous Women and Feminism: Politics, Activism, Culture edited by Cheryl Suzack, Shari M. Huhndorf, Jeanne Perreault, Jean Barman (via jalwhite)
  • Dragon Ladies: Asian American Feminists Breathe Fire edited by Sonia Shah (via jalwhite)
  • Pinay Power: Feminist Critical Theory: Theorizing the Filipina/American Experience edited by Melinda L. de Jesus (via titotibok)
  • Dragon Ladies: Asian American Feminists Breathe Fire edited by Sonia Shah (via titotibok)
  • MOONROOT: An Exploration of Asian Womyn’s Bodies (more Asian Pacific Islander American ones here) (via titotibok)
  • Making Space for Indigenous Feminism edited by Joyce Green via jalwhite)
  • All the Women are White, All the Blacks are Men, But Some of Us are Brave: Black Women’s Studies, more commonly known as But Some of Us Are Brave: Black Women’s Studies edited by Gloria T. Hull, Patricia Bell Scot, and Barbara Smith (via jalwhite)
  • Homegirls: A Black Feminist Anthology edited by Barbara Smith (viasisteroutsider)
  • Theorizing Black Feminisms: The Visionary Pragmatism of Black Women edited by Stanlie James and Abena Busia (via sisteroutsider)
  • Black Woman edited by Toni Cade Bambara (via ancestryinprogress)


  • “Mapping the Margins: Intersectionality, Identity Politics, and Violence Against Women of Color.” by Kimberle Crenshaw
  • The Combahee River Collective Statement
  • “Tomboy, Dyke, Lezzie, and Bi: Filipina Lesbian and Bisexual Women Speak Out” by Christine T. Lipat and others (via titotibok)
  • “Rizal Day Queen Contests, Filipino Nationalism, and Feminity” by  Arleen  De Vera (via titotibok)
  • “Pinayism” by Allyson G. Tintiangco-Cubales (via titotibok)
  • “Practicing Pinayist Pedagogy” by Allyson G. Tintiangco-Cubales and Jocyl Sacramento (via titotibok)
  • “Asian Lesbians in San Francisco: Struggle to Create a Safe Space, 1970s – 1980s” by Trinity Ordona (via titotibok)
  • “A Black Separatist” by Anna Lee (via girlsandgifs)
  • “For the Love of Separatism” by Anna Lee (via girlsandgifs)
  • “Separation in Black: A Personal Journey” by Jacqueline Anderson (via girlsandgifs)
  • “Separatism is not a Luxury: Some Thoughts on Separatism and Class” by C. Maria (via girlsandgifs)
  • “Coming Out Queer and Brown” by Naomi Littlebear Morena (via girlsandgifs)
  • “Internalising the Lesbian Body of Color” by Jamie Lee Evans (via girlsandgifs)
  • “In Search of Our Mother’s Garden” by Alice Walker (via wherethewildthingsmoved)

Other authors and poets you should know

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WAC servicewomen during transports somewhere.

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I found this image at the Library of Congress website. It’s of a woman of color who worked at one of the war manufacturing plants in LA. Since US media seems stuck on remakes, I want a Bomb Girls remake set in California with casting that represents the diversity of women involved in the war effort. I want it very, very badly. It would be brilliant.

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Name: Josephine Baker
Dates: 1906-1975

Why she rocks:
Known as the “Bronze Venus”, the “Black Pearl”, and the “Creole Goddess”, Josephine Baker was the first African American female to become a world-famous entertainer, and the first black woman in a major motion picture. She contributed to many civil rights movements both in the United States and her adopted homeland of France during World War II. She was also the first American-born woman to receive the French military honor, the Croix de Guerre.

Quote:  The things we truly love stay with us always, locked in our hearts as long as life remains.

Because of this woman… she opened up the door for other women of color to succeed in entertainment. 


Lois Mailou Jones (1905-1998), artist and Howard University professor.

Lois painted portraits, as well as designing masks, textiles and stained glass windows.  Well traveled, Lois was influenced by black culture in the US, Haiti and Africa. 

Lois’s work is regularly displayed in museums.  In 2012, her work will be on display in Maryland, Alabama and Florida.


Never forget…Dorothy Counts being mocked by an entirely white audience on enrollment day at Harding High School. September 4th, 1957

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BLACK HISTORY(Day 4): Often time women, especially black women, are placed last in our minds when it comes to making history. We all know about the famous Tuskegee Airmen, but have you ever thought about women being pilots in those times as well? Start thinking and do your research on these extraordinary women. Today we honor the often overlooked Tuskegee Airwomen.

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  1. Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde
  2. Daring to be Bad by Alice Echols
  3. Click by J. Courtney Sullivan and Courtney E. Martin
  4. A Taste of Power: A Black Woman’s Story by Elaine Brown
  5. The World Split Open by Ruth Rosen
  6. Colonize This! by Daisy Hernandez