robin morgan

Sisterhood Is Forever

Washington Square Press, Simon & Schuster

Copyright © 2003 by Robin Morgan

SYNOPSIS

Thirty years after Robin Morgan’s groundbreaking anthology, Sisterhood Is Powerful--named by The American Librarians’ Association one of “The 100 Most Influential Books of the 20th Century”--and almost twenty years since Morgan’s now-classic international collection, Sisterhood Is Global--comes this landmark new collection for the 21st Century.

Sisterhood Is Forever: The Women’s Anthology for A New Millennium--with over 60 original essays Morgan commissioned from well-known feminist leaders plus energetic Gen X and Y activists--is a composite mural of the female experience in America: where we’ve been, where we are, where we’re going. The stunning scope of topics ranges from reproductive, health, and environmental issues to workplace inequities and the economics of women’s unpaid labor; from globalization to the politics of aging; from cyberspace, violence against women, and electoral politics to spirituality, the law, the media, and academia. The deliberately audacious mix of contributors spans different generations, races, ethnicities, and sexual preferences: CEOs, housewives, rock stars, farmers, scientists, prostituted women, politicians, women in prison, firefighters, disability activists, artists, flight attendants, an army general, an astronaut, an anchorwoman, even a pair of teens who edit a girls’ magazine. Each article celebrates the writer’s personal voice--her humor, passion, anger, and the integrity of her perspective--while offering the latest data on women’s status, political analysis, new “how-to” tools for activism, and visionary yet practical strategies for the future--strategies needed now more than ever. Robin Morgan’s own contributions are everything her readers expect: prophetic, powerfully argued, unsentimentally lyrical. From her introduction: “The book you hold in your hands is a tool for the future--a future also in your hands.”

The voices of Sisterhood Is Forever:

Edna Acosta-Belen Carol J. Adams Margot Adler Natalie Angier Ellen Appel-Bronstein Mary Baird Brenda Berkman Christine E. Bose Kathy Boudin Ellen Bravo Vednita Carter Wendy Chavkin Kimberlé Crenshaw Gail Dines Paula DiPerna Helen Drusine Andrea Dworkin Eve Ensler Barbara Findlen Mary Foley Patricia Friend Theresa Funiciello Carol Gilligan Sara K. Gould Ana Grossman The Guerilla Girls Beverly Guy-Sheftall Kathleen Hanna Laura Hershey Anita Hill Florence Howe Donna M. Hughes Karla Jay Mae C. Jemison Carol Jenkins Claudia J. Kennedy Alice Kessler-Harris Clara Sue Kidwell Frances Kissling Sandy Lerner Suzanne Braun Levine Barbara Macdonald Catherine A. MacKinnon Jane Roland Martin Debra Michals Robin Morgan Jessica Neuwirth Judy Norsigian Eleanor Holmes Norton Grace Paley Emma Peters-Axtell Cynthia Rich Amy Richards Cecile Richards Carolyn Sachs Marianne Schnall Pat Schroeder Patricia Silverthorn Eleanor Smeal Roslyn D. Smith Gloria Steinem Mary Thom Jasmine Victoria Faye Wattleton Marie Wilson Helen Zia

641 pages, paperback original

REVIEWS

The long-awaited follow-up book to Morgan's groundbreakinganthology, Sisterhood Is Powerful and her majorinternational collection, Sisterhood is Global. A more than worthy successor!--FEMINIST.COM

Sisterhood Is Forever sat on my desk for 3 weeks before I picked it up. It was a huge book, and as the mother of a one-year old, I kept thinking I could never get through it. I finally dove in--and the book has changed my life! It was exactly what I needed. I read the entire book in less than two weeks! Running a Women's Issues site, I've always thought it was enough to just give a voice to the issues themselves. After reading the first essays I wanted to get right out there and DO something!!--NIKKI KATZ, womensissues.guide@about.com

This book, the third in Morgan's anthology series on women's history and feminism, is as multifaceted and compelling as the issues it explores. Theorist, activist, and writer Morgan begins and ends the hefty tome with her own vibrant writing: a stirring introduction and concluding letters to vintage feminists"" and ""younger women"" alike about their role in protecting and expanding their rights. The bulk of the book is a collection of some 60 essays-some factual and scholarly, others narrative and poignant-addressing women's issues from a wide scope of angles. There's a piece by Gloria Steinem about how antifeminism plays itself out in the media, a rousing cry to end sexual harassment by Anita Hill, and a meditation on women's role in farming and agriculture by Carolyn Sachs. Beverly Guy-Sheftall writes on the legacy of black feminism; Natalie Angier stresses that feminism and its impulses are ""part of human nature""; and Eve Ensler sings the praises of theater as ""a sacred home for women."" Morgan wisely offers commentary from liberal and conservative feminists alike, and her book is a smart, telling testament to how far women have come and where they will go.""--PUBLISHERS' WEEKLY

Celebrated author and activist Morgan compiles her third anthology of feminist writings. The book offers dozens of perspectives on what feminism means in the United States today, where the women's movement has been, and what it has yet to accomplish. More than 50 women offer brief essays written specifically for this volume, among them such household names as Gloria Steinem, Andrea Dworkin, and Anita Hill, as well as many lesser-known but accomplished writers. They discuss everything from women in sports and aging to the Internet, and particular care is taken to represent a variety of ethnic, economic, and other backgrounds. Even the 14-year-old editors of New Moon magazine exude confidence and a great sense of purpose. More personal than scholarly, these essays will lead readers to explore further (each is followed by a suggested reading list and essays are cross-referenced). Recommended for all public and academic collections, especially where Morgan's other books, and books such as Miriam Schneir's Feminism in Our Time (1994), are widely circulated.--LIBRARY JOURNAL

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