Some Classic Feminist Texts

Here are some classic books on feminism. Enjoy!

  1. The Dialectic of Sex by Shulamith Firestone
  2. The Chalice and The Blade by Riane Eisler
  3. The Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedan
  4. Anarchism and Other Essays by Emma Goldman
  5. Feminism is for Everybody by bell hooks
  6. Feminist Politics and Human Nature by Allison Jaggar
  7. Patriarchy and Accumulation on a World Scale by Maria Mies
  8. Sexual Politics by Kate Millett
  9. Some Questions on Feminism and Its Relevance in South Asia by Kamla Basin and Nighat Said Khan

Books on Feminism in the Philippines

The following books on feminism in the Philippines are available online, in full text and extended preview.

  1. Feminism, Activism and Prostitution in the Philippines by Meredith Ralston and Edna Keeble (2009)
  2. Women’s Political Participation: Conversations, Reflections, and Recommendations by Aida Santos-Maranan, Nancy Endrinal Parreno, and Alinaya Fabros (2007)
  3. Pinay Power: Peminist Critical Theory by Melinda de Jesus (2005)
  4. Selected Readings in Women’s Studies in the Philippines by Carolyn Sobritchea, Ed. (2004)

Introductory Books on Feminism

Help yourself to some full books on feminism and feminist theory that are available online, listed below. Most of them are in .pdf format and may be saved in your computers.

  1. Feminism and Social Change: Bridging Theory and Practice by Heidi Gottfried, Ed. (1996)
  2. What is Feminism? by Chris Beasley (1999)
  3. Feminism is for Everybody: Passionate Politics by bell hooks (2000)
  4. Theoretical Perspectives on Gender and Development by Jane Parpart, M. Patricia Connelly, and V. Eudine Barriteau, Eds. (2000)
  5. Feminism by Jane Freedman (2001)
  6. Feminist Political Theory: An Introduction by Valerie Bryson (2003)
  7. An Introduction to Modern Feminist Theory by Jennifer Rich, Ed. (2007)
  8. Feminist Philosophy Reader by Alison Bailey and Chris Cuomo, Eds. (2008)
  9. Feminist Thought: A More Comprehensive Introduction by Rosemarie Tong (2009)
  10. Feminist Theory Reader: Local and Global Perspectives by Carol McCann and Seung Kyung Kim, Eds. (2013)

WGSS Resources Website

The Women and Gender Studies Section (WGSS) of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) and American Library Association (ALA) has resources for readers and researchers. 

The have lists of Women’s Studies Resources in Digital Archives, links to Women and Gender Studies Websites, a collection of Women and Gender Studies Serials, and a database of Women and Gender Studies Books. Access to journals and books vary – some provide online copies with open access while others have only links to where readers can buy hard copies.

UC Press eBooks on Women’s Studies

The University of California (UC) Press has a collection of ebooks on a variety of topics from science to religion and from arts to law. While primarily intended for use of UC faculty and students, many of these ebooks are accessible to the general public.

Among the collection are ebooks on Women’s Studies. Some titles are Jodi Dean’s Solidarity of Strangers: Feminism after Identity Politics (1996); Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s Women and Economics: A Study of the Economic Relation Between Men and Women as a Factor in Social Evolution (1998); and Kristen Frederickson and Sarah Webb’s Singular Women: Writing the Artist (2003).