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Sisterhood Is Powerful: An Anthology of Writings from the Women's Liberation Movement
Sisterhood Is Powerful (1970 anthology).jpg
Cover of the first edition
EditorRobin Morgan
CountryUnited States
SubjectSecond-wave feminism
PublisherRandom House
Publication date
Media typePrint
Pages602 pp.
LC Class70117694
Followed bySisterhood Is Global: The International Women's Movement Anthology (1984) 

Sisterhood Is Powerful: An Anthology of Writings from the Women's Liberation Movement is a 1970 anthology of feminist writings edited by Robin Morgan, a feminist poet and founding member of New York Radical Women.[1] It is one of the first widely available anthologies of second-wave feminism. It is both a consciousness-raising analysis and a call-to-action.[2] Sisterhood Is Global: The International Women's Movement Anthology (1984) is the follow-up to Sisterhood Is Powerful.[3] After Sisterhood Is Global came its follow-up, Sisterhood Is Forever: The Women's Anthology for a New Millennium (2003).[3]


Kathie Sarachild coined the phrase "Sisterhood Is Powerful" in 1968, in a flier she wrote for the keynote speech she gave for New York Radical Women's first public action at the convocation of the Jeannette Rankin Brigade.[4]


The collection addresses 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."[5]

It includes classic feminist essays by activists such as Naomi Weisstein, Kate Millett, Eleanor Holmes Norton, Florynce Kennedy, Frances M. Beal, Lucinda Cisler, Joreen, Marge Piercy and Mary Daly, as well as historical documents including the N.O.W. Bill of Rights, excerpts from the SCUM Manifesto, the Redstockings Manifesto, and historical documents from W.I.T.C.H.. It also includes a document from the Black Women's Liberation Group from Mount Vernon; this piece demonstrates the race-conscious "sisterhood" that some second-wave black feminists demanded and was used by many second-wave feminists to communicate this demand.[6] It also includes what Morgan coined "verbal karate": useful quotes and statistics about women.[7]


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."[8] However, Chile, China, and South Africa banned the anthology.[9]


Robin Morgan established the first American feminist grant-giving organization, The Sisterhood Is Powerful Fund, with the royalties from Sisterhood Is Powerful.[9]

In popular culture[edit]

In a 2019 Paris Fashion Week show, Christian Dior's creative director Maria Grazia Chiuri debuted a collection of T-shirts that read Sisterhood Is Powerful, Sisterhood Is Global, and Sisterhood Is Forever, respectively.[10][11]


  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). JSTOR 3442984.
  3. ^ a b "BOOKS | An Interview With Robin Morgan". Hybridmagazine.Com. Retrieved 2015-10-15.
  4. ^ Love, Barbara J. (2006). Feminists who Changed America, 1963-1975. University of Illinois Press. ISBN 978-0-252-03189-2.
  5. ^ Napikoski, Linda (2014). "Sisterhood is Powerful". AboutEducation. Archived from the original on 2012-09-07.
  6. ^ 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. JSTOR 4137384.
  7. ^ 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. JSTOR 349862.
  8. ^ Diefendorf, Elizabeth (1996). The New York Public Library's Books of the Century. Oxford University Press. Retrieved March 3, 2012.
  9. ^ a b Morgan, Robin Morga (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.
  10. ^ Conlon, Scarlett (February 26, 2019). "Christian Dior launches latest 'sisterhood' slogans". The Guardian. Retrieved December 1, 2019.
  11. ^ Robinson, Roxanne; Schmidt, Ingrid (February 27, 2019). "Paris Fashion Week: Dior's Latest Feminist Message, Saint Laurent Channels Bianca Jagger". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved December 1, 2019.

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