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Women, Race, and Class

4.39  ·  Rating details ·  7,914 Ratings  ·  280 Reviews
A powerful study of the women's movement in the U.S. from abolitionist days to the present that demonstrates how it has always been hampered by the racist and classist biases of its leaders.
Paperback, 288 pages
Published February 12th 1983 by Vintage (first published 1981)
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LJ user gingersomething:

I really think this should be required reading for middle class white feminists struggling to comprehend intersectionality. Although, judging from that first goodreads review, maybe some are just beyond reach.
Sep 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
if you're ready to graduate from just holding intersectional complexity to doing justice along every axes of that intersection in due measure, then you should read these essays; that is, if you haven't already. i hate the shame that accompanies the canon when you're finally getting around to something that should be elemental. maybe i should let go of the shame. what's shameful is that if we're going under the assumption that this text is so widely read and familiar on such a scale then why are ...more
Feb 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: democracy, race, gender
An important work marking the intersections of class, race and gender...and all the history behind people you've vaguely looked up to because no one ever talks about the way they really felt about Black people. So you can respect some of what they've done, but Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony and Margaret Sanger are forever debarred from my cannon of heroes.

In criticising the 14th and 15th amendments, Stanton and Anthony descended into a horrifying racism, and I believe Davis is right wh
Neal Adolph
I may at some point take the time to write something better than this, but I also might not. If I do, it will do more justice to this book than what I am currently offering. If I do not, then this short little paragraph will have to do.

Women, Race, and Class is a classic work. It is old, but it is not dated. It is essential reading in a way that the works of Ta-Nehisi Coates' are not (though that is not to detract from how essential his works are as well). Angela Davis is a visionary, an attenti
Apr 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I give this book 4.5 stars which rounds up to 5.

I read this book for my Women in Politics class.

This book's central focus is intersectional feminism. It highlights how gender, race, and class factor into inequality. This book started off incredibly strong, but lost its way a bit in the later chapters. However, still a fantastic and insightful book.
Abeer Abdullah
A book like absolutely no other, Absolutely no other. Never there was and never there will ever be anyone like Angela Y. Davis. My personal hero, and everything I ever want to be.
Jul 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I adore this book. It is one of those books that blew apart the white middle class way I was raised, and it made me a smarter and better person. Her ideas are so powerful that they deserve to be read and reread.
Gabriela Ventura
Feb 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: feminismo, ensaio
Angela Davis é um daqueles mitos que eu admirava à distância e lia transversalmente, na obra de tantos que foram influenciados por ela.

Quando a Boitempo publicou a primeira tradução brasileira de Mulheres, raça e classe, no fim do ano passado, comprei de pronto o ebook, mas senti que precisava de tempo para me dedicar a ele; adiei a leitura para as férias.

Tendo concluído agora o último ensaio do livro, só consigo pensar em como Mulheres, raça e classe é uma obra fundamental para todo mundo, e d
Andrea Poulain

Bueno, yo sé que a mucha gente no le gusta que le digan que deben leer libros. Muy bien. En realidad no deben leerlo en todos los casos, pero creo que si son feministas o quieren ver el feminismo con una perspectiva de clase, este libro es una lectura prácticamente obligada. Por ahí empiezo mi introducción, el feminismo con perspectiva de clase. El feminismo, en la mayoría de sus corrientes, es un movimiento interclasista, que ignora las diferencias de cla
Aug 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
I loved this book! I learned a lot from this book that I think I would not have learned otherwise. She details the roles of Black women in the black community from slavery up through the modern era. The role of black women as equals to their men in regards to work during the time of slavery which is contrasted with the role of free white women in society at the time. Details of how class & race lines affected black women are detailed as well, the things they endured & what they would do ...more
Aug 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I remember borrowing this book from the public library on Fordham Road when I was was the first book I ever took out and I never returned it. I poured over its pages. This turned me on to feminist research and critical theory in a way I can't full express. At 15 I knew the life of the mind was for me....which is crazy...
I've since donated a new copy....but I didn't explain to the librarians the circumstances of my donation.
Nikita T. Mitchell
A few months ago I started on a quest to educate myself about feminism, especially as it relates to black women. As a result, my GoodReads queue has become filled with books on beauty, books written by authors like Alice Walker and even couple books on hip-hop feminism. I've recently been introduced to authors like Bell Hooks, and I'm constantly learning of others to add to my list. As with my general fascination with learning, the more I read the more I realize I don't know and want to find out ...more
Jul 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
As timeless today as it was in 1983, Women, Race, and Class by Angela Davis is a necessary read for any person interested in social and racial justice. If you haven't read this book it now. It will challenge you, it will infuriate you, and it will make you a better intersectional feminist.
Alessandra JJ
Nov 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Uma leitura essencial para esses tempos.
Apr 30, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Angela Davis is pretty awesome. I didn’t really know what to expect going into it, and it’s basically a historical examination of the intersection of struggles against sexism, racism, and classism. Or, more accurately, against slavery and lynching, against capitalism, and for woman suffrage and reproductive freedom. I think it’s interesting how Davis, at this point in time at least, certainly saw socialism (rooted in anti-racism and anti-sexism) as the answer to capitalist oppression. I really l ...more
I can't believe how readable this book is, considering how dense it also is in historical detail. The research that went into it must be astounding, but it flows in most places like a conversation with a (really well-informed) friend. Along with many subjects I am familiar with, I was absolutely fascinated by all the socialist ideas I've never heard before. I have paaaaaages of notes that I'll have to add later.
Jan 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
A must read, especially for white feminists. It's incredibly comprehensive and her writing is engaging and accessible. It's also frustratingly timely, as so many of the issues brought up within the book are still issues our social justice movements face today.
Why I read this book:
Angela Davis is a pioneer in terms of black liberation and gender equality. I have always admired and appreciated her writing and her being.

Content: 1/1
It’s important for readers to understand that this is not just a book about women, race and class. It is actually a study (and the contents reflect this) that digs into the racism that continues to take place in movements associated with women, race and class. It’s a very valid, legitimate and important study. I would have a
Nov 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Troublant de lire aujourd'hui ce que Davis a écrit en 1983:
Some of the most flagrant symptoms of social deterioration are acknowledged as serious problems only when they have assumed such epidemic proportions that they appear to defy solution. Rape is a case in point. In the United States today, it is one of the fastest-growing violent crimes. After ages of silence, suffering and misplaced guilt, sexual assault is explosively emerging as one of the telling dysfunctions of present-day capitalist
Masterful overview of America's women's movement from pre-Civil War to the end of the 1970's, especially concerning the experiences and oppressions of Black women and girls. You likely didn't learn this stuff in school. My only gripe is that Davis assumes we understand her vision of socialism and references her view without much explication. Perhaps this was easier for her contemporary readers, but readers in 2016 could benefit from some additional context.

Angela Davis will be speaking on the U
Jan 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Livro absolutamente necessário para entender a importância da interseccionalidade para a discussão de problemas e políticas públicas. O texto de Davis é interseccional em sua escrita, o que facilita muito a leitura. Os temas trabalhados são profundos e muito relevantes. Recomendo a leitura a todas as pessoas!
Dec 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Oxalá se lera nos institutos.
Rebekka Steg
May 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Although first published in 1982, almost 30 years ago (the edition I read was published in 2002, but as far as I understand it is just a reprint, and no changes have been made), the book sadly remains just as relevant and important today. I say sadly, because Women, Race & Class shows how deeply rooted sexism and racism is in our current society, and the book might as easily have been written today, because the issues we face are pretty much identical.

In this book Davis eloquently shows how
Jan 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Women, Race & Class is a phenomenal book and great introduction to the issues of racism and classism in the feminist movement.

I'd recommend this book to anyone interested in race or gender issues, but who doesn't know where to begin.

Davis' book is a great starter for anyone interested in the history of the women's movement. The book begins with slavery and the abolitionist movement and moves into the women's suffrage movement, the fight for reproductive rights, labor struggles, housework and
This is one of the best histories of the feminist movement I've ever read. Most such histories have limited their scope to a particular issue (e.g., reproductive rights, suffrage, housework) and to a particular constituency (women of a particular race or class), but Davis masterfully brings together issues of reproductive rights (not just abortion but also forced sterilization), suffrage (for women and for black people), housework, equal pay for equal work, lynching, rape, and even more, all whi ...more
Maya Reid
Jun 07, 2013 rated it it was ok
I feel blasphemous rating something by Angela Davis as just "okay," because she's an idol of mine, but here goes. I feel like this book was a game-changer when it came out. In 1983, I'm sure I would have given this book 5 stars.

But I wasn't alive yet in 1983. In fact, my mother was only 14. So by the time I did get around to reading this book nearly 30 years later, I felt like everything she was telling me, I'd heard before. What was revolutionary in the 80s, I took for granted in 2012. And on
tom bomp
Apr 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A good summary history of the ways the 3 topics in the title have intersected in American history - their struggles and the conflicts between them (predominantly focusing on gender and race). Of course it doesn't cover everything or in deep detail but it's written in a very clear, easy to read style with minimal jargon that gives an excellent introduction to the problems faced by eg black women in the suffrage movement. It's definitely really interesting and has lots of new stuff even if you're ...more
I find myself rereading passages of this book and getting so effin' giddy. I love the way she writes. I love the way she thinks and processes.
I finished this book earlier today. January 26th, Angela Davis' 74th birthday. How fitting, I didn't plan for this (honestly, I could've finished the book yesterday but left 4 pages for this morning).

Women, Race and Class is SEMINAL READING. Even though it was published on 1981 all the topics discussed resonate greatly with the present. There are issues that seem fresh but have been on the radar for feminism for a long time now so in that sense the book is contemporary and timely.

Although it isn
Leah Rachel
Mar 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Women, Race & Class is one of those fundamentally life-changing books. It is required reading for any feminist. In the simplest summary, Angela Y. Davis outlines the history of intersectionality in feminist issues—how inherently bound together issues of sexism are with issues of class and race, and the moments when white women abandoned or allied with those causes.

I can’t say enough about this book. I read it in a couple days without an issue. Even with annotating and underlining and adding
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Angela Yvonne Davis is an American political activist, scholar, and author. She emerged as a nationally prominent activist and radical in the 1960s, as a leader of the Communist Party USA, and had close relations with the Black Panther Party through her involvement in the Civil Rights Movement despite never being an official member of the party. Prisoner rights have been among her continuing inter ...more
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“Woman” was the test, but not every woman seemed to qualify. Black women, of course, were virtually invisible within the protracted campaign for woman suffrage. As for white working-class women, the suffrage leaders were probably impressed at first by the organizing efforts and militancy of their working-class sisters. But as it turned out, the working women themselves did not enthusiastically embrace the cause of woman suffrage.” 8 likes
“If Black people had simply accepted a status of economic and political inferiority, the mob murders would probably have subsided. But because vast numbers of ex-slaves refused to discard their dreams of progress, more than ten thousand lynchings occurred during the three decades following the war.” 6 likes
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