Sisterhood Is Powerful

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Sisterhood is Powerful: An Anthology of Writings From The Women's Liberation Movement
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Cover of the first edition
EditorRobin Morgan
CountryUnited States
SubjectSecond-wave feminism
PublisherRandom House
Publication date
Media typePrint
Pages602 pp.
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 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] Kathie Sarachild had 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 compilation included 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Holmes Norton, Florynce Kennedy, Frances M. Beal, Lucinda Cisler, Joreen, Marge Piercy and Mary Daly, as well as historical documents including the N.O.W. Bill of Rights, excerpts from the SCUM Manifesto, the Redstockings Manifesto, and historical documents from WITCH.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.[5] It also included what Morgan coined "verbal karate”: useful quotes and statistics about women.[6]

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

Robin Morgan established the first American feminist grant-giving organization, The Sisterhood Is Powerful Fund, with the royalties from Sisterhood is Powerful: An Anthology of Writings From The Women's Liberation Movement.[8]

Sisterhood Is Global: The International Women's Movement Anthology (1984) is the follow-up to Sisterhood is Powerful.[9] After Sisterhood Is Global came its follow-up, Sisterhood Is Forever: The Women's Anthology for a New Millennium (2003).[9]


  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. ^ Napikoski, Linda (2014). "Sisterhood is Powerful". AboutEducation. Archived from the original on 2012-09-07.
  4. ^ Love, Barbara J. (2006). Feminists who Changed America, 1963-1975. University of Illinois Press. ISBN 978-0-252-03189-2.
  5. ^ 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.
  6. ^ Battle-Sister, Ann (1971). "Albert Memmi; Born Female by Caroline Bird". Journal of Marriage and Family. 33 (3): 592–597. doi:10.2307/349862. JSTOR 349862.
  7. ^ Diefendorf, Elizabeth (1996). The New York Public Library's Books of the Century. Oxford University Press. Retrieved March 3, 2012.
  8. ^ 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.
  9. ^ a b "BOOKS | An Interview With Robin Morgan". Hybridmagazine.Com. Retrieved 2015-10-15.