Sunday, March 5, 2017

Your Syllabus For: First Wave Feminism

For those who don't know, it is Women's History Month. For this month, I've decided to do month long syllabus' for feminism. This week, will be first wave feminism, next week second wave and then the third week, will be third wave or modern feminism reads.
First wave feminism mostly refers to early days of feminism until around the 1960s. There are a lot of different ideas about when exactly second wave feminism began. For the purposes of this list, I'm ending it at the 1950s.

The Book of the City of the Ladies by Christine de Pizan

Honestly, pretty much all of Christine de Pizan's writing could be considered feminist. But this one is probably her most well-known work.

A Serious Proposal to the Ladies by Mary Astell

The Rover and Other Works by Aphra Behn

A Vindication of the Rights of Woman by Mary Wollenstonecraft

Narrative of Sojourner Truth by Sojourner Truth

Also if you can find a copy of her Ain't I A Woman? speech, definitely read that as well.

Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl by Harriet Jacobs

Work: A Story of Experience by Louisa May Alcott

Really, all of Alcott's work is pretty feminist, but most people know about Little Women and not much about her non-fiction work.

A Doll's House by Henrik Ibsen

The Yellow Wallpaper and Other Stories by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

The Woman's Bible by Elizabeth Cady Stanton

The Awakening by Kate Chopin

Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw

A Room of One's Own by Virginia Woolf

Also check out Woolf's fiction such as Orlando.

The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir

Some Non-Fiction published more recently on First Wave Feminism:

Sourner Truth: Ain't I A Woman? by Patricia C. and Frederick L. McKissack

A Jury of Her Peers: American Women Writers From Anne Bradstreet to Annie Proulx by Elaine Showalter

The Life and Death of Mary Wollstonecraft by Claire Tomalin

The Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony Reader

A collection of speeches/essays/writings by two of the leaders of the early women's suffrage movement.

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