This powerful study of the women’s movement in the U.S. from abolitionist days to the present demonstrates how it has always been hampered by the racist and classist biases of its leaders. One of the most brilliant and courageous women of our generation, Angela Yvonne Davis shows that both sexism and racism are deeply rooted in class oppression, and that neither can be eradicated without destroying the dominant patriarchal economic system. By analysing both the differences and the similarities between the experiences of black and white women, she casts new light on the past and present struggles for human rights.
This classic is being re-issued as Angela Davis delivers the Second Annual Navayana Lecture in April 2011 on “Contemporary Quests for Social Justice”.
Angela Davis is Professor Emerita at the History of Consciousness Department, University of California, Santa Cruz. She is the author of seven books, including Angela Davis: An Autobiography; Blues Legacies and Black Feminism; and Are Prisons Obsolete? (also available from Navayana).