A revolution is brewing! All across the planet, a new kind of Feminine Consciousness has sparked! Fortunately, we now live in an era where countless movements, novels, organizations, and media strive to open our minds daily by reminding this world of the beauty and courage it takes to be a woman.
Within the Age of Information, the gift of the Divine Feminine has never felt more empowering. But with this great power, comes great responsibility and awareness of the past, present, and perhaps future events that have helped uplift the divine consciousness of women worldwide.
Whether you consider yourself a feminist or you’re new to the term altogether, there can be a lot to understand when it comes to the world of black feminism, feminism, intersectionality, and the women’s movement as a whole. Below are three Feminist-Friendly books that empower you to stand up to The Patriarchy, and in doing so say yes to a new future in which all human beings are represented equally.
Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches By Audre Lorde
I remember as if it were yesterday! The first time I read Audre Lorde’s, Sister Outsider: Essay and Speeches, I felt like I could conquer this Universe!
It was the summer of 2010 and I just arrived back to my dorm room from my Black Feminism Class, in just enough time to escape an afternoon rainstorm, and I couldn’t be more excited to escape the patriarchy and read.
As one of the most prolific female thinkers within the realm of Black Feminism, Audre Lorde writes with a daring honesty and majesty that echoes her inner truths. It is this very honesty that empowered me as a young writer to always speak my truth.
By definition, Audre Lorde defines feminism as womanism. This bold and magical term was first coined back in the 1980s, as a result of the deep sense of exclusion felt by Black women within an alternate gender movement. Audre Lorde is most certainly one of the names that often come up in discussions about Womanism, and for good reason.
In Lorde’s eyes, womanism is a social theory based on the history and everyday experiences of women of color, especially black women. It seeks, according to womanist scholar Layli Maparyan, to “restore the balance between people and the environment/nature and reconcile human life with the spiritual dimension.”
Born in New York, at the height of the Harlem Renaissance, Audre Lorde’s very existence as a queer black female writer symbolizes a cultural movement steeped within the African-American Feminine identity. Often targeted by society, the African American Feminine identity is one of many that womanists seek to uplift against the current injustices worldwide.
As a queer black woman, Lorde gravitated to the feminist movement with concerns that were very different from her heterosexual white female leaders. As a result, her acute awareness of this difference informed a lot of her politics, thus fueling her identity as a writer, speaker, poet, woman, and political activist nationwide.
Feminist Fight Club: An Official Survival Manual (For A Sexist Workplace) by Jessica Bennett
According to the Oxford dictionary, feminism is defined as the advocacy of women’s rights on the basis of the equality of the sexes. Yet for so many women of color, the feminist movement fails to provide the necessary inclusion when it comes to the liberation of black culture within a post-racist America. The movement surrounding feminist principles is one striving for ultimate equality between the sexes in all aspects of life.
When Jessica Bennett and her female colleagues noticed pervasive sexism at their workplace, they formed an alliance, a Feminist alliance more formally known as Fight Club, and I couldn’t think of a better way to fight back against The Patriarchy.
Every month, a powerful group of women vowed to come together against all odds to discuss their experiences, share advice and tactics, and provide support. Bennett, an award-winning journalist and critic who covers gender issues, sexuality and culture, explains that a Feminist Fight Club is, a group you call your squad.
This amazingly beautiful and powerful group is not just for fluff, but is more like a global network of women who seek the tools to fight back daily against The Patriarchy. The Feminist Fight Club is an army of women who support you, who advise you, who lift you up when you need it, your unconditional professional support system, your girl gang.
Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay
Roxane Gay is a best-selling author, teacher and all-around feminist bad-ass. On an average week, she teaches three days-worth of classes at Purdue University. The other four days, she travels the country doing professional appearances and book signings.
First published in 2014, Bad Feminist became an instant best- seller, and for good reason. Women (and men) all around the planet are eager to help raise awareness about the feminist movement and most importantly balance the scales.
In today’s political climate, everybody has an opinion on what the word feminism means. So much so, that it could make a woman feel bad about being her natural self. Lorde’s, Bennett, and Gay’s novels are just a few books that have helped change the way women, especially Millennial women, looked at feminism worldwide. Share these works with others so that the message of woman-empowerment can continue to grow into the future!