Sisterhood is Powerful

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Sisterhood is Powerful
First edition cover
Author Robin Morgan (editor)
Subject Second-wave feminism
Genre Anthology
Publisher Random House
Publication date
Pages 602 pp.
ISBN ISBN 0-394-70539-4
OCLC 96157

Sisterhood is Powerful is a 1970 anthology of radical feminist writings edited by Robin Morgan, a feminist poet and founding member of New York Radical Women.[1] It was one of the first widely available anthologies of second-wave feminism. It was both a consciousness-raising analysis and a call-to-action.[2] The collection addressed several major issues including "the need for radical feminism, the discrimination women experienced from men in the political left, and the blatant sexism faced in the workplace.”[3]

The compilation included classic feminist essays by activists such as Naomi Weisstein, Kate Millett, Eleanor Holmes Norton, Florynce Kennedy, Frances M. Beal, Joreen, Marge Piercy and Mary Daly, as well as historical documents including the N.O.W. Bill of Rights, excerpts from the SCUM Manifesto, the Redstockings Manifesto, and historical documents from WITCH. It also included a document from the Black Women’s Liberation Group from Mount Vernon; this piece demonstrated the race-conscious “sisterhood” that some second-wave black feminists demanded and was used by many second-wave feminists to communicate this demand.[4] It also included what Morgan coined “verbal karate”: useful quotes and statistics about women.[5]

The anthology has been widely credited with helping to start the general Women's Movement in the U.S. It was cited by the New York Public Library as "One of the 100 most influential Books of the 20th Century."[6] However, Chile, China, and South Africa banned the anthology.[7]

Robin Morgan established the first American feminist grant-giving organization, The Sisterhood Is Powerful Fund, with the royalties from Sisterhood is Powerful.[7]

The complete Table of Contents for Sisterhood is Powerful is:[8]
• "You've come a long way, baby": historical perspectives / Connie Brown and Jane Seitz
• Know your enemy: a sampling of sexist quotes
• The 51 percent minority group: a statistical essay / Joreen
• The dynamics of marriage and motherhood / Beverly Jones
• Women in medicine / Miriam Gilbert, R.N.
• "A house is not a home": women in publishing / Laura Furman
• Women and television / Sheila Smith Hobson
• Women in the military / Lt. Susan Schnall
• The trials of Lois Lane: women in journalism / Lindsy Van Gelder
• The secretarial proletariat / Judith Ann
• The halls of academe / Women's Caucus, Political Science Department, University of Chicago
• Women and the welfare system / Carol Glassman
• Two jobs: women who work in factories / Jean Tepperman
• Women and the Catholic church / Dr. Mary Daly
• Does the law oppress women? / Diane B. Schulder
• Barbarous rituals
• It hurts to be alive and obsolete: the ageing woman / Zoe Moss
• Media images 1: Madison Avenue brainwashing - the facts / Alice Embree
• Media images 2: body odor and social order / Florika
• The politics of orgasm / Susan Lydon
• "Kinde, kuche, kirche" as scientific law: psychology constructs the female / Dr. Naomi Weisstein
• A theory of female sexuality / Mary Jane Sherfey, M.D.
• A psychiatrist's view: images of woman past, present, overt and obscured / Natalie Shainess, M.D.
• Unfinished business: birth control and women's liberation / Lucinda Cisler
• The hooker / Ellen Strong
• The least of these: the minority whose screams haven't yet been heard / Gene Damon
• Notes of a radical lesbian / Martha Shelley
• Sexual politics (in literature) / Kate Millett
• Resistances to consciousness / Irene Peslikis
• Double jeopardy: to be Black and female / Frances M. Beal
• For Sadie and Maude / Eleanor Holmes Norton
• Statement on birth control / Black Women's Liberation Group, Mount Vernon, New York
• The suburban scene / Connie Dvorkin
• On de-segregating Stuyvesant High / Alice de Rivera
• Excerpts from the diaries of all oppressed women / Women's Collective of the New York High School Students' Union
• An introduction / Elizabeth Sutherland
• The Mexican-American woman / Enriquetta Longauex y Vasquez
• Experiment in freedom: women of China / Charlotte Bonny Cohen
• The grand Coolie damn / Marge Piercy
• Institutionalized oppression vs. the female / Florynce Kennedy
• The politics of housework / Pat Mainardi
• Social bases for sexual equality: a comparative view / Karen Sacks
• Self-defense for women / Susan Pasalé, Rachel Moon, Leslie B. Tanner
• Female liberation as the basis for social revolution / Roxanne Dunbar
• For witches / Susan Sutheim
• Elegy for Jayne Mansfield, July 1967 / Karen Lindsey
• A chant for my sisters / Marilyn Lowen Fletcher
• Must I marry / Lynn Strongin
• The playground (a prose poem) / Leah Fritz
• She / Maria Ann Britton
• Dancing the shout to the true gospel or The song movement sisters don't want me to sing / Rita Mae Brown
• Poem / Jayne West
• Song of the fucked duck / Marge Piercy
• Anonymous poem / a seven-year-old woman
• Terror / Martha Shelley
• Poem / Janet Russo
• Going through changes / Jean Tepperman
• The jailor / Sylvia Plath
• NOW (National Organization for Women) bill of rights
• Excerpts from the SCUM (Society for Cutting Up Men) manifesto / Valerie Solanas
• Principles / New York Radical Women
• No more Miss America! Ten points of protest
• Letter to our sisters in social work / WAR (Women of the American Revolution)
• How to name baby / Media Women
• Lilith's manifesto / Women's Majority Union, Seattle
• We did it / Women Against Daddy Warbucks
• Statement on the University of Chicago sit-in [about the sit-in for Marlene Dixon]
• An exegesis on women's liberation / Women's Caucus within the Youth International Party
Redstockings manifesto
• The feminists vs. the institution of marriage
WITCH documents
• Songs
• Verbal karate: statistical and aphoristic ammunition


  1. ^ "Ironic Feminism, Empathic Activism: Robin Morgan's Saturday's Child". Ms. Magazine. March 30, 2001. 
  2. ^ Fogarty, Michael P. (1973). "Review of The Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedan; Patriarchal Attitudes by Eva Figes; The Female Eunuch by Germaine Greer; Sexual Politics by Kate Millet; Woman's Estate by Juliet Mitchell; Sisterhood is Powerful: An Anthology of Writings from the Women's Liberation Movement by Robin Morgan; Voices from Women' Liberation by Leslie B. Tanner". International Review of Education / Internationale Zeitschrift für Erziehungswissenschaft / Revue Internationale de l'Education 19 (1). 
  3. ^ Napikoski, Linda (2014). "Sisterhood is Powerful". AboutEducation ( 
  4. ^ Brain, Norman (2006). "The Consciousness-Raising Document, Feminist Anthologies, and Black Women in Sisterhood Is Powerful". A Journal of Women Studies 27 (3): 38–64. 
  5. ^ Battle-Sister, Ann (1971). "Review of ‘A Tyrant’s Plea,’ Dominated Man by Albert Memmi; Born Female by Caroline Bird; Sisterhood is Powerful by Robin Morgan". Journal of Marriage and Family 33 (3): 592–597. doi:10.2307/349862. 
  6. ^ Diefendork, Elizabeth. "The New York Public Library's Books of the Century". New York Public Library. Retrieved March 3, 2012. 
  7. ^ a b Robin Morgan (1 November 2007). Sisterhood Is Forever: The Women's Anthology for a New Millennium. Simon and Schuster. pp. 18–. ISBN 978-1-4165-9576-2. 
  8. ^ "Sisterhood is powerful : an anthology of writings from the women's liberation movement (Book, 1970)". []. Retrieved 2015-05-08.