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Women Who Kill

3.87 of 5 stars 3.87  ·  rating details  ·  104 ratings  ·  13 reviews
A real-life murder mystery that readers won't be able to put down. . . . A classic.--Gloria Steinem
ebook, 464 pages
Published October 1st 2009 by Feminist Press (first published 1980)
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I think when people say books are timeless they are usually lying. This isn't to say that books should never be re-released (and obviously by the four star review i think this book deserves to be released again in the feminist classics imprint) but that often books age poorly (because situations change). What is impressive about Women Who Kill is how much of the content is still relevant. Partially because Ann Jones very artfully constructs a history (any reviewer who is expecting a lurid true c ...more
Susanna Sturgis
I sold Women Who Kill as a feminist bookseller in the 1980s but didn't read it because customers found it on their own. Almost 35 years later, I found it for myself. I was reviewing Alexis Coe's Alice + Freda Forever, about a young woman who murdered her ex-girlfriend in Memphis in 1892. I wanted some historical background on "women who kill." I got what I was looking for -- and a lot more besides.

After its initial publication in 1980, Jones added a afterword focusing on Jean Harris's killing of
Juliana Gray
I picked up this book because I'm interested in true crime, and while the book does contain those stories,it's really a feminist argument. Jones's basic thesis is that violent crime committed by women is rooted in inequality, and that inequality also influences the treatment of violent female offenders in their trials and sentencing. She begins with the Puritans and other colonists, examining some early murder cases (such as indentured servants murdering their illegitimate babies in attempts to ...more
Maureen Elizabeth
Lots of good information, some of it quite interesting buuut I really wish they would have organized the information and chapters a little better. Things seemed pretty sporatic and it was hard to keep up with some of the information. I think this is something I'd rather watch as a documentary.
Women Who Kill was at first confusing (what did the arrival of women in colonial America have to do with murder, I wondered?) but gets better and better as the individual examples coalesce to form a narrative about women driven to murder. For sure, there are valid criticisms: Jones is definitely not an unbiased observer, and most of the women murderers are presented as being driven to do so by abusive or drunkard spouses, with the women having no other recourse. Lizzie Borden is the first woman ...more
I picked the book up thinking it was about cold blooded women killers(i.e. Bonnie Parker of Bonnie and Clyde).

A better title of the book might women who kill due to being opressed and being judged overly harshling by men in powrer.

It is a history of women who have killed in American history. The writer makes the best case for her thesis for women in colonial times who were indentured servents/slaves and in modern times women who kill abusive men in domestic relationships.

Some of the women who p
I am still trying to figure out why she even wrote this book but the author is the author………...
I expected this book to be more about what the women actually did. Like a description of each woman, their lives and what led them to murder and what those murders entailed. Instead it was based more on social factors that cause women in general to commit crimes.
I read this for a Gender Studies class and found it pretty interesting. The author uses the crimes of women who have committed murder to reveal class, gender, and racial prejudices. Not a light read.


Completely fascinating. Shows the reasoning and the motives behind why women are driven to murder and how the law has and continues to hinder equal protection and equal justice. Highly recommended.
Stephanie Kelley
Brooke and I stayed up late reading this to each other - so terrifying and disturbing. But I had great nightmares about it.
Historical accounts of women throughout history who overcame their feminine station and engaged in the masculine act of murder.
Terryann Saint
Diff cover, I read it off and on, highly recommend!!!
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Author of Kabul in Winter: Life Without Peace in Afghanistan, Ann Jones is a journalist and activist for womens rights around the globe. She is currently working on a book about women, war, and photography.


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