Biographies of 15 essential feminist

The biographical genre and, especially, autobiographical is one of the best ways to approach the life of the great feminist history. Because on one hand we know their struggle, their activism and their ideas, but on the other, the experience of being a feminist in complex contexts: Soviet socialism, the suffragist movement, the liberation movement of women, racial oppression, … . This selection of 15 biographies, many of them written by the actors, help us understand what feminism addition to discover great thinkers who still do not have the recognition they deserve in the textbooks.

Kollontai and love. The ideas of one of the most brilliant thinkers of the Marxist movement on the sexual emancipation of women, the role that love and family life, … from their own experiences. A fundamental book.

“I must confess that, in a sense, this autobiography is a problem for me and, looking back and peering into the future with some curiosity, I shall represent to myself the most important turns of my life and my work. Maybe that highlight achieve all that, firstly, be important for the liberation struggle of women and other social problems of general interest “.

(From the chapter ‘value and purpose of my life. Editorial hours on end. Traffickers dreams) .; More »

Gloria Steinem is one of the most influential feminists in the United States and has just published his autobiography ‘My life in a road’ ( ‘My life on the road’), not yet published in Spanish. We can enjoy his stories “road” as a journalist and activist throughout the United States inviting women to meet and count aloud their projects, problems or experiences.

A book to know her, the complexity of American feminism and, in general, the diversity of the North American continent.

Steinem scandalized the most conservative sector of his country to say publicly in the 60 who had miscarried and that decision had been free and not at all traumatic. Since then he has fought for reproductive freedom and other rights of women. It is one of the most recognized media and their country feminists. More »

Florynce ‘Flo’ Kennedy fulfill 100 years in 2016. Lawyer and activist died in 2000 and, despite having played a key role as a mediator between feminism and African liberation movements, is little known in his country, the United States, and the rest of the world.

LGTB activist, defended the rights of minority groups, people with disabilities and Native Americans. In 2015, Sherie M. Randolf helped to recover their contributions to the writing and publishing his biography ‘Florynce’ Flo ‘Kennedy: The Life of a Black Feminist Radical’.

“My main message is that we have a pathological and institutionally racist, sexist, classist society. And when techniques ‘niggerización’ (the original, in English, ‘nigger-izing’ are used, being ‘nigger’ the derogatory term to qualify to African Americans) not only blacks but also women damage is done, the gay, ex-convicted people, prostitutes, children, seniors, people with disabilities, Native Americans …. and if we begin to analyze the pathology of oppression, podremosaprender lot about how to combat it. ”

(Speech Florynce ‘Flo’ Kennedy in 1976, on a university campus, extracted from Eurweb.com) .; More »

“I am a feminist, I would not be ashamed, because I believe that every woman who thinks must feel the desire to collaborate as a person, in the total work of human culture.”

Interesting biography of Maria de Maeztu, one of the most important feminist and pedagogues of Spain, who worked for access to education for women in the early twentieth century and founded in 1915 the Residence of Young ladies, first center dedicated to promote education university for women. The Spanish humanist was also the founder, in 1926, the first women’s association, the Lyceum Club Femenino, which belonged Victoria Kent and Zenobia Camprubí, among others.

The big difference of this work regarding other biographies is that it is written by his great-niece Maria Josefa Lastagaray and brings us more human and personal profile of the teacher and writer al;. More »

graphic novel by cult author Peter Bagge about Margaret Sanger, American nurse who in the late nineteenth century founded the American League for birth control. Advocate, family planning and free choice of women on maternity was controversial and transgressive for his vision of society and politics.

Baggae portrays a fun and rigorous way this pioneer who came to meet Gandhi to address the problem of overpopulation in India and is still awaiting its place in history.

A very beautiful, easy to read, and perfect to bring feminism comic lovers and teenagers book;. More »

Although these are not a definitive biography on contributions to the Mexican feminism of its protagonist, ‘Rita Cetina, the Siempreviva and the Literary Institute for Girls, a cradle of Mexican feminism (1846 1908)’ is a book written by Piedad Peniche better meet Rita Cetina Gutierrez, teacher and poet who was born in Merida, Yucatan in 1846 and is one of the great pioneers in the struggle for political and social rights of Mexican.

Cetina defended the right to education of girls and women, was the founder of ‘The Everlasting’ literary society that published in Mexico’s first written by women magazine, and created schools for girls and adolescents at a time in Yucatan only they could study women should pay a private education. More »

Emma Goldman essential memories, American anarchist feminist and Lithuanian origin. He fled czarist Russia and an arranged marriage and emigrated to the United States when he was 20 years old. As recounted in ‘Living my life’, he wrote in Saint-Tropez, France, began working as a seamstress and become revolutionary, potavoz of free love and defender of freedom of expression or birth control.

The book recounts his life from childhood until 1927 and was published in English in two volumes in the decade of the 30. The Castilian translation it is Ana Useros and has been published by Captain Swift.

To complete your knowledge about Goldman, I recommend the book ‘Emma Goldman. The word as a weapon ‘(the Malatesta Tierra de Fuego.), Which brings together his most important writings. More »

Eleanor Roosevelt is one of the most influential women leaders of the twentieth century for his defense of human rights and minority groups. His diplomatic work and its key role in the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948 are some of its milestones as an activist, collected in the book, ‘The feminist who changed the world’ by J. William T. Youngs, in its Spanish edition he is prefaced by writer Laura Freixas.

A book that also counts as a woman who had initially taken a secondary role as mother and wife, who was First Lady with President Franklin D. Roosevelt, achieved its autonomy as a woman and as a leader and got his message was heard by the sphere public;. More »

Memories of the author of ‘The Feminine Mystique’, one of the protagonists of the twentieth century American history and reference of feminism. Betty Friedan told in ‘My life so far’ ( ‘Life So Far’) his memories and his life, including violence experienced in their marriage relationship.

Also the highlights of his career, as the foundation of NOW, the internal disputes of the political movement, his career as a journalist and political or ‘tsunami’ after the publication of his masterpiece in 1963. In Spain was published in 2003 (editorial Chair), three years before his death. More »

There are numerous biographies of Simone de Beauvoir, including his own memoirs and diaries, published between the late 50s and early 70s: ‘Memoirs of a Dutiful Daughter’, ‘The fullness of life’, ‘The nature of things ‘and’ Final accounts’.

One of the most comprehensive and cited biographies about the French philosopher is Claude Francis and Fernande of Gontier, walking his childhood, his brilliant career as a student, his bohemian life in Paris and his personal and professional relationship with Sartre. More »