I was 19 when I read bell hooks's Ain't I a Woman, and it shook me to my core. It was a groundbreaking work of its time on feminist intersectionality, and I find it no less relevant to the Black Lives Matter movement, nor the demand for inclusiveness in feminist discussions today than it was 35 years ago. Recommended By Kate L., Powells.com
Synopses & Reviews
A classic work of feminist scholarship, Ain't I a Woman has become a must-read for all those interested in the nature of black womanhood. Examining the impact of sexism on black women during slavery, the devaluation of black womanhood, black male sexism, racism among feminists, and the black woman's involvement with feminism, hooks attempts to move us beyond racist and sexist assumptions. The result is nothing short of groundbreaking, giving this book a critical place on every feminist scholar's bookshelf.
"Since the publication of Ain’t I A Woman in 1981, bell hooks has become one of the United States’ most acute cultural critics. Writing from a clearly stated position as an African American woman, hooks’s early work helped re-map feminist theory in the United States with her consistent analysis of the interrelationships of race, gender and class in contemporary cultural life." Sally Keenan, Journal of American Studies (1995)
"…an absorbing delineation of the American black woman’s mark(s) of oppression at the hands of racist, misogynist, imperialist, capitalist patriarchy….Feminists must read this book…" Cheryl Clarke, Off Our Backs (1982)
"Ain’t I a Woman is one of the most interesting, lucid books dealing with the subject of Feminism. The book can be recommended wholeheartedly to anyone who is interested in black history, in women’s history, or in that much-overlooked connection between the two." Maria K. Mootry Ikerionwu, Phylon (1983)
About the Author
A cultural critic, an intellectual, and a feminist writer, Bell Hooks is best known for classic books including Feminist Theory, Bone Black, All About Love, Rock My Soul, Belonging, We Real Cool, Where We Stand, Teaching to Transgress, Teaching Community, Outlaw Culture, and Reel to Real. Hooks is Distinguished Professor in Residence in Appalachian Studies at Berea College, and resides in her home state of Kentucky.