Frequently I am asked about the resources I have learned from – articles, journal entries, academic texts, books, websites, etc. – and so have decided to create a comprehensive list of materials. This list will undoubtedly change and grow with time, as learning is a life-long process. Enjoy…


This list is extensive, and so I have categorised books by subject. There is, of course, a degree of overlap.

Black Feminism

  • We Should All Be Feminists, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (2014)
  • The New Jim Crow, by Michelle Alexander (2015)
  • Black Women and the Peace Movement, by Wilmette Brown (1984)
  • The Heart of Race: Black Women’s Lives in Britain, eds. Beverley Bryan, Stella Dadzie, & Suzanne Scafe (1985)
  • Black Feminist Thought, by Patricia Hill Collins (1990)
  • Fighting Words: Black Women and the Search for Justice, by Patricia Hill Collins (1998)
  • Black Sexual Politics: African Americans, Gender, and the New Racism, by Patricia Hill Collins (2006)
  • Women, Race & Class, by Angela Davis (1983)
  • Are Prisons Obsolete?, by Angela Davis (2003)
  • Charting the Journey: Writings by Black and Third World Women, eds. Shabnam Grewal, Jackie Kay,  Liliane Landor, Gail Lewis, & Pratibha Parmar
  • Feminist Theory: From Margin to Center: From Margin to Centre, by bell hooks (1984)
  • Ain’t I a Woman: Black Women and Feminism, by bell hooks (1987)
  • Feminism is for Everybody, by bell hooks (2000)
  • But Some of Us Are Brave: Black Women’s Studies, eds. Gloria T. Hull, Patricia Bell Scott, Barbara Smith (1982)
  • Theorizing Black Feminisms: The Visionary Pragmatism of Black Women, eds. Stanlie M. James & Abena P.A. Busia (1993)
  • Black British Feminism: A Reader, ed. Heidi Safia Mirza (1997)
  • Race-ing Justice, En-Gendering Power: Essays on Anita Hill, Clarence Thomas and the Construction of Social Reality, ed. Toni Morrison (1993)
  • From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation, by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor (2016)
  • Macho and the Myth of the Superwoman, by Michele Wallace (1979)

Gender, Sex, and Sexuality

  • Straight Expectations, by Julie Bindel (2014)
  • Odd Girls and Twilight Lovers: A History of Lesbian Life in Twentieth-Century America, by Lilian Faderman (1991)
  • Delusions of Gender: The Real Science Behind Sex Differences, by Cordelia Fine (2011)
  • Genders, by David Glover & Cora Kaplan (2000)
  • The Will to Change: Men, Masculinity, and Love, by bell hooks (2004)
  • Sexual Politics, by Kate Millett (1971)

Literary Criticism

  • Black Feminist Criticism: Perspectives on Black Women’s Writing, by Barbara Christian (1985)
  • Black Women Novelists: The Development of a Tradition, 1892-1976, by Barbara Christian (1980)
  • Black Women Novelists and the Nationalist Aesthetic, by Madhu Dubey (1994)
  • Black Women Writers: Arguments and Interviews, ed. Mari Evans (1985)
  • The Madwoman in the Attic: The Woman Writer and the Nineteenth-Century Literary Imagination, eds. Sandra Gilbert & Susan Gubar (2000)
  • Women’s Autobiography: Essays in Criticism, ed. Estelle C. Jelinek (1980)
  • Literary Women, ed. Ellen Moers (1978)
  • Let it Be Told: Black Women Writers in Britain, ed. Lauretta Ngcobo (1987)
  • The New Feminist Criticism: Essays on Women, Literature and Theory, ed. Elaine Showalter (1985)
  • The Truth That Never Hurts: Writings on Race, Gender and Freedom, by Barbara Smith (1998)
  • Women, Autobiography, Theory: A Reader, ed. Sidonie Smith & Julia Watson (1998)
  • Black Women Writers at Work, ed. Claudia Tate (1985)
  • Changing Our Own Words: Essays on Criticism, Theory and Writing by Black Women, ed. Cheryl A. Wall (1989)
  • Black Women’s Writing, ed. Gina Wisker (1993)

Male Violence Against Women

  • Everyday Pornography, ed. Karen Boyle (2010)
  • Against Our Will: Men, Women, and Rape, by Susan Brownmiller (1975)
  • Pornland: How Porn has Hijacked Our Sexuality, by Gail Dines (2011)
  • Pornography: Men Possessing Women, by Andrea Dworkin (1981)
  • Intercourse, by Andrea Dworkin (1987)
  • Surviving Sexual Violence, by Liz Kelly (1988)

Representation, Media, and Language

  • The Vagenda: A Zero Tolerance Guide to the Media, by Holly Baxter & Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett (2014)
  • The Feminist Critique of Language, ed. Deborah Cameron (1990)
  • The Myth of Mars and Venus, by Deborah Cameron (2007)
  • Representation: Cultural Representations and Signifying Practices, ed. Stuart Hall (1997)
  • Black Looks: Race and Representation, by bell hooks (1992)
  • Outlaw Culture: Resisting Representations, by bell hooks (2006)

Social & Structural Inequalities

  • The Equality Illusion, by Kat Banyard (2010)
  • Everyday Sexism, by Laura Bates (2014)
  • The Second Sex, by Simone de Beauvoir (1949)
  • Do it Like a Woman, by Caroline Criado-Perez (2015)
  • Enlightened Sexism: The Seductive Message that Feminism’s Work is Done, by Susan J. Douglas (2010)
  • Headscarves and Hymens: Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution, by Mona Eltahawy (2015)
  • Freedom Fallacy: The Limits of Liberal Feminism, eds. Miranda Kiraly & Meagan Tyler (2015)
  • Radical Feminism: Feminist Activism in Movement, by Finn MacKay (2015)
  • Feminism without Borders: Decolonizing Theory, Practicing Solidarity, by Chandra Talpade Mohanty (2003)
  • This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color, eds. Cherríe Moraga & Gloria Anzaldúa (1981)
  • Unequal Sisters: A Multicultural Reader in U.S. Women’s History, eds. Vicki L. Ruiz & Ellen Carol Dubois (1994)
  • If Women Counted: A New Feminist Economics, by Marilyn Waring (1990)
  • Beyond the Pale: White Women, Racism, and History, by Vron Ware (2015)
  • Living Dolls: The Return of Sexism, by Natasha Walter (2011)


  • The Womanist Reader, ed. Layli Phillips (2006)
  • In Search of Our Mothers’ Gardens: Womanist Prose, by Alice Walker (1984)





Disclaimer: the inclusion of a resource is not an endorsement of or an agreement with every one of the messages contained, but rather an acknowledgement they have influenced my feminist praxis.