Buzzoletters: 3 feminist and inspiring ones to read urgently

the grandmother

Born a slave at the end of the 18th century, Sojourner Truth is, alongside Harriet Tubman, a figure in the abolitionist struggle in the United States. She also campaigned for women’s suffrage, articulating through her oratorical genius the twin fights for the liberation of women and that of African-Americans. His autobiography is considered by historian Pap Ndiaye to be “one of the greatest accounts of American slavery published in the 19th century”.

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“The story of my life”, by Sojourner Truth, translated from English by Françoise Bouillot (Payot, 195 p.).

The legend

Published in 1981 in English, this compilation of thirteen essays, written between 1960 and 1980, is a classic. Member of the Black Panthers, communist and asserted Marxist, philosopher and professor, Angela Davis thinks about the condition of women with the oppression of the working class by the capitalist system, and fights for feminism to make room for black women from the popular. The basis for understanding the much talked about intersectionality.

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“Women, race and class”, by Angela Davis, translated from English by Dominique Taffin-Jouhaud (Zulma Essais, 270 p.).

The mentor

“This letter is my legacy to you”, writes Phyllis Chesler, in the first pages of this moving and simple text. Psychologist and major figure of the second feminist wave, Chesler became a star in 1972 thanks to her book “Les Femmes et la folie”. At the end of the 1990s, she sent this “warm, political, irresistible guide” (according to Gloria Steinem) to women and men. It draws up a fervent assessment of the victories won and the battles that we still have to fight. Galvanizing.

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“Letters to young feminists”, by Phyllis Chesler, translated from English by Caroline Nicolas and Camille Nivelle (Les éditions du Portrait, 154 p.).

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