Recommended Reading List

Black Feminist and Women of Color Feminisms

  • Patricia Hill Collins (2008)Black Feminist Thought ( Routledge; 1 edition).
  • Beverley Guy-Sheftall (1995) Words of Fire (The New Press)
  • Cherie Morenga (2015) 4ed.This Bridge Called My Back (SUNY Press).
  • Ange-Marie Hancock (2015) Intersectionality: An Intellectual History(Oxford University Press)
  • Chandra Talpade Mohanty(2003). Feminism without Borders: Decolonizing Theory, Practicing Solidarity (Duke University Press)
  • Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham “African-American Women’s History and the Metalanguage of Race” Signs, Vol. 17, No. 2 (Winter, 1992), pp. 251-274 Stable URL:
  • Wyatt, J. (2004). “Toward cross race dialogue identification, misrecognition, and difference in feminist multicultural community.” Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society,29 93), 903-925
  • Audre Lorde “Age, Race, Class and Sex: Women Defining Difference”
  • Smith, Barbara. “Toward a Black Feminist Criticism.” The Radical Teacher, no. 7 (1978): 20-27.
  • Barbara Christian, “The Race for Theory,” Cultural Critique 6 (Spring 1987): 51-63
  • King, D. K. (1988). “Multiple Jeopardy, multiple consciousnesses: The context of Black Feminist ideology”. Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, 14 (1), 265-291.
  • Leslie McCall “The Complexity of Intersectionality” Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society 2005 30:3, 1771-1800
  • Brittney Cooper Black Women are not Sassy – We’re Angry
  • Patrick Johnson, “‘Quare’ Studies, or (Almost) Everything I Know About Queer Studies I Learned from My Grandmother,” Text and Performance Quarterly Vol. 21 Issue 1(January 2001), 1-25
  • Cathy J. Cohen “Punks, Bulldaggers, and Welfare Queens: The Radical Potential of Queer Politics?” GLQ (1997) 3 (4): 437-465.
  • Patricia Hill Collins “WHAT’S IN A NAME? Womanism, Black Feminism, and Beyond” The Black Scholar, Vol. 26, No. 1, The Challenge of Blackness (WINTER/SPRING 1996), pp. 9-17
  • Nikol Alexander-Floyd and Evelyn Simien “Revisiting ‘What’s in a Name’ Exploring the Contours of Africana Womanist Thought
  • Çınar, Alev. “Subversion and Subjugation in the Public Sphere: Secularism and the Islamic Headscarf.” Signs33, no. 4 (2008): 891-913. doi:10.1086/528850.
  • Sirma Bilge (2010) “Beyond Subordination vs. Resistance: An Intersectional Approach to the Agency of Veiled Muslim Women”, Journal of Intercultural Studies, 31:1, 9-28, DOI: 10.1080/07256860903477662
  • Moghadam, Valentine M. “Islamic Feminism and Its Discontents: Toward a Resolution of the Debate.” Signs 27, no. 4 (2002): 1135-171. doi:10.1086/339639.
  • Spillers, Hortense J. 1987. “Mama’s Baby, Papa’s Maybe: An American Grammar Book.” Diacritics17 (2): 64–64. doi:10.2307/464747.
  • Robin D. G. Kelley, “On Violence and Carcerality,” Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society 42, no. 3 (Spring 2017): 590-600.
  • Chandra Talpade Mohanty “Under Western Eyes: Feminist Scholarship and Colonial Discourses” Feminist Review, No. 30 (Autumn, 1988), pp. 61-88 Stable URL:
  • M. Jaqui Alexander and Chandra Mohanty “Cartographies of Knowledge and Power: Transnational Feminism as Radical Praxis
  • MONICA MOOKHERJEE “Affective Citizenship: Feminism, Postcolonialism and the Politics of Recognition” Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy Vol. 8, No. 1, 31–50, March 2005
  • Dorothy Roberts (1998) Killing The Black Body, Vintage Press.


Fibroid Stories: Black Women Speaking Openly About Fibroids and Reproductive Care

Note this is a two-part workshop, it is recommended but NOT required that participants attend both workshops if possible.

Part One:  Yes, It’s Time We All Go There: Fibroids, Black Women and Reproductive Care

This workshop will discuss the symptoms and treatments of uterine fibroids as it pertains to Black women and Black women’s reproductive care.  Uterine fibroids affect more than half of women by age 50, and are more common and have earlier onset among African American women than among white women. Despite the availability of alternative treatments, only a small proportion of Black women with fibroids receive alternative therapies and treatments.  In this workshop we will discuss ways to identify fibroids, the impact of fibroids on Black women’s lives, how to access care, and conventional and alternative treatments plans.  Participants will also be given a menstruation journal which will help them keep track of their periods and prepare to create a reproductive healthcare plan.

Part Two: Talking About Fibroids and Our Bodies: Creating Support and Developing a Plan for Your Reproductive Care

Part two of the series focuses on strategies for developing a reproductive care plan and creating a personal healthcare narrative when seeking treatment for fibroids.  Specifically, we will discuss the menstruation journals, how to use them to help you identify fibroid symptoms, and utilizing them to facilitate discussing fibroids with care providers.  Participants will also discuss strategies for developing a care plan and ways to communicate this plan with their care network.  While the emphasis will be on strategies and approaches centering on fibroid care and treatment, this workshop would benefit all women and can be utilized even if you do not have a specific medical “condition.”