Melissa at feministtexican has compiled a list of books contributing to feminism that have been written by global women of color and posted it on Goodreads. She grew up along the Texas/Mexico border and frequently reviews books by women of color. She has also signed up for Global Women of Color. Hers is an excellent list. She includes some of my old favorites and introduced me to several new books I want to read.
Since the second wave of feminism began in the USA in the 1970s, American feminists have been attacked for being too narrow and ethnocentric in their thinking. While that criticism is often all too justifiable, American women of color, like Audre Lorde and Gloria Anzaldua, have shaped the movement from its beginning. Melissa Harris Perry continues in their tradition. Such writers have not only criticized the whiteness of mainstream feminism, they have also made valuable contributions to its development. They have made sure that their own experiences as women are part of how we understand ourselves. Because of their efforts, many American feminists today make a special effort to read and understand women globally rather than assuming all women share their own life patterns.
Check out Melissa’s list and some of the books she includes. You can “vote” as I did, for those you have read and particularly appreciated. http://www.goodreads.com/list/show/32106.Feminist_Books_by_Women_of_Color
Read some of them this month and be eligible for the Spinifex Press Book Giveway.