Starting the list of Feminist Writers...

Sarah Grimke wrote Letters on the Equality of the Sexes and the Condition of Woman in 1838.
She asserts that "men and women were CREATED EQUAL.... Whatever is right for a man to do, is right for woman... I seek no favors for my sex. I surrender not our claim to equality. All I ask of our brethren is, that they will take their feet from off our necks and permit us to stand upright on that ground which God destined us to occupy."

“I do not wish them [women] to have power over men; but over themselves.”
Mary WollstonecraftA Vindication of the Rights of Woman

Harriet Martineau (June 121802 – June 271876) was an English writer and philosopher, renowned in her day as a controversial journalist, political economist, abolitionist and life-long feminist.
“If a test of civilization be sought, none can be so sure as the condition of that half of society over which the other half has power.” Women, vol. 3, Society in America (1837)

“I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will.”
Charlotte BrontëJane Eyre

“I am satisfied that if a book is a good one, it is so whatever the sex of the author may be. All novels are or should be written for both men and women to read, and I am at a loss to conceive how a man should permit himself to write anything that would be really disgraceful to a woman, or why a woman should be censured for writing anything that would be proper and becoming for a man.” Anne BrontëThe Tenant of Wildfell Hall

“I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship.” Louise May Allcott, Little Women

The only question left to be settled now is: Are women persons? And I hardly believe any of our opponents will have the hardihood to say they are not. Being persons, then, women are citizens; and no state has a right to make any law, or to enforce any old law, that shall abridge their privileges or immunities. 

Susan B. Anthony, 1873

"The isolation of every human soul and the necessity of self-dependence must give each individual the right to choose his own surroundings. The strongest reason for giving woman all the opportunities for higher education, for the full development of her faculties, her forces of mind and body; for giving her the most enlarged freedom of thought and action; a complete emancipation from all forms of bondage, of custom, dependence, superstition; from all the crippling influences of fear — is the solitude and personal responsibility of her own individual life. The strongest reason why we ask for woman a voice in the government under which she lives; in the religion she is asked to believe; equality in social life, where she is the chief factor; a place in the trades and professions, where she may earn her bread, is because of her birthright to self-sovereignty; because, as an individual, she must rely on herself [...]." 

'The Solitude of Self', Elizabeth Cady Stanton

Wise old fossils write learned and ponderous papers on the subject. The Home is in danger: woman is unsexing herself, getting coarse and masculine and if she keeps on the world will go to the dogs and more rats to the same effect. Woman even could not ride the Bicycle with any comfort for a time, so great was the ridicule and abuse heaped on her. The Preachers preached longwinded sermons, condemning it, and even doctors declared against the ill effects of the wheel. But woman persisted and won the day. She has learned long ago that she must trust her own judgement and not be guided wholly by authority, if she is to get any happiness out of life… But I think it is my Privilege to say that it is high time my sex ceased to monopolize all the modesty and that man ceased to monopolize all the intelligence. It is time we had a fair division and I am quite sure a little modesty will not hurt the men. As for intelligence, my sex has already experimented with that ingredient, and found it like mother Eve’s forbidden fruit: Very Good. 

'Woman' (1901) by Kate Austin 

Louise Bourgeois: Untitled Drawing

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Feminism Notes 2

Books to read soon:
Miranda July "The First Bad Man"
Laura Bates "Everyday Sexism"
and remember website:
Laurie Penny "Unspeakable Things"

Bikini Kill "Rebel Kill"
Patti Smith 'People have the Power"


Saw this today in Leeds by Quentin Bell (1910-1966), it's called 'Levitating' 

Friday, November 13, 2015

Feminism Notes 3 


Asparagus by Suzan Pitt


ukfeminista was founded by Kat Banyard, author of 'THE EQUALITY ILLUSION: The Truth About Women and Men Today'
Quote from Kat Banyard interviewed by Decca Aitkenhead:

Another perennial feminist dilemma is the tension between personal choice and duty to principle. Every woman who gets breast implants can't help but reinforce the message that it's perfectly normal and sensible to spend thousands of pounds being cut open and stuffed with fake breasts. I ask if she thinks feminists who do so are letting other women down.
"It doesn't work like that," she says very firmly. "Not at all. The whole point is that feminism is about tackling the cultures that led women to feel like they didn't look good enough in the first place. I don't believe anyone has the right to judge another woman for the choices she makes in a highly sexist culture. Women have to find ways to survive and get by each day, and how we do that will depend upon our circumstances. I think judging other women on that basis is the antithesis of what feminism is about. And we need to have our sights set on the structures and the industries which feed this culture, who are the ones driving it and reaping the profits from it."

Women's Health Matters
The new director
Ruth Mulryne
Sam Millar
Safer Leeds
RID OF Domestic Violence is Leeds City Council's number 1 priority
Rainbow Hearts
BME Women's Health Project 
Maternity Services Liaison Committee (MSLC)
Domestic Violence Education and Support Groups
Women's testimonies

take part


Feminism Notes 4

After fEQUALs meeting 
Forgetting Fear Remembering EQUALITY
Ana Mendieta said this...
"Art is a material act of culture, but its greatest value is its spiritual role, and that influences society, because it's the greatest contribution to the intellectual and moral development of humanity that can be made." 

Woman from Willendorf,  Austria.

c. 22,000-21,000 BCE. limestone, painted with ochre. Size: 4 3/4 inches

mondAY, january 18, 2016



Annie Lennox and Aretha Franklin (Eurythmics) –

Sisters are doin' it for themselves


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Margaret Atwood
These are all quotes by Margaret Atwood...

Another belief of mine: that everyone else my age is an adult, whereas I am merely in disguise.
In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.
A word after a word after a word is power.
We still think of a powerful man as a born leader and a powerful woman as an anomaly.
Men are afraid that women will laugh at them. Women are afraid that men will kill them.
War is what happens when language fails.
The Eskimos had fifty-two names for snow because it was important to them: there ought to be as many for love.
A divorce is like an amputation: you survive it, but there's less of you.
The answers you get from literature depend on the questions you pose.
An eye for an eye only leads to more blindness.

Thandiwe Tshabalala is a South African Cape Town-born illustrator and graphic designer
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