Happy International Women's Day! To celebrate, why not read a new women's studies book?
In Sustaining Activism: A Brazilian Women's Movement and a Father-Daughter Collaboration, a father-daughter research team tells the behind-the-scenes story of a social movement started by a group of Brazilian women in 1986 in order to secure economic rights for women and transform their roles in homes and communities. Jeff Rubin and Emma Sokoloff-Rubin are on tour this month and also have many radio appearances scheduled. Library Journal says their book "exudes authenticity and positivity."
Women's reproductive health has been a focus of activists for decades. In Seizing the Means of Reproduction: Entanglements of Feminism, Health, and Technoscience, Michelle Murphy traces the transnational circulation of cheap, do-it-yourself health interventions in the 1970s and 1980s, highlighting the uneasy links between economic logics, new forms of racialized governance, U.S. imperialism, family planning, and the rise of NGOs. Check out an excerpt here.
Melissa Fisher's Wall Street Women tells the story of the first generation of women to establish themselves as professionals on Wall Street. Fisher recently wrote a piece for Bill Moyers about how these early pioneers were influenced by Betty Friedan's The Feminine Mystique and how some of the gains they made in the past decades were set back by the 2008 financial crisis.
B. Ruby Rich is a longtime feminist activist, film critic, and teacher of film studies. Her latest book New Queer Cinema: The Director's Cut collects the best of her writing on New Queer Cinema from its beginning to the present. It includes classic pieces from the Village Voice, San Francisco Bay Guardian, and Sight & Sound, as well as new pieces on Latin American cinema and on feminist film. Read an excerpt here.