Feminism for the 99%: A Manifesto (Paperback)
This was such a welcome rebuttal to the deafening white noise of the mainstream feminist movement, the one that prioritizes personal success over systemic change and reinforces oppressive power structures. This straight-to-the-point manifesto posits the necessity of a feminism that is anti-imperialist, anti-capitalist, anti-racist, anti-homophobic, anti-transphobic, anti-ableist, and anti-sexist—in other words, a movement that will make the world a better place for everyone. Reading it, I had to resist the urge to underline every single word.— From Lauren
Named one of Vogue’s “Most Anticipated Books of 2019”
This is a manifesto for the 99 percent
Unaffordable housing, poverty wages, inadequate healthcare, border policing, climate change—these are not what you ordinarily hear feminists talking about. But aren’t they the biggest issues for the vast majority of women around the globe?
Taking as its inspiration the new wave of feminist militancy that has erupted globally, this manifesto makes a simple but powerful case: feminism shouldn’t start—or stop—with the drive to have women represented at the top of their professions. It must focus on those at the bottom, and fight for the world they deserve. And that means targeting capitalism. Feminism must be anticapitalist, eco-socialist and antiracist.
About the Author
Cinzia Arruzza is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the New School for Social Research. She was one of the main organizers of the International Women’s Strike in the United States and is a member of the editorial collective of Viewpoint Magazine.
Tithi Bhattacharya is Associate Professor and Director of Global Studies at Purdue University. She was one of the main organizers of the International Women’s Strike in the United States and is on the editorial board of the International Socialist Review.
Nancy Fraser is Henry and Louise A. Loeb Professor of Philosophy and Politics at the New School for Social Research. A vocal supporter of the International Women’s Strike, she coined the phrase “feminism for the 99 percent.”
"[The authors] cut through the corporate feminist ‘Lean In’ noise to offer a feminism rooted not just in intersectionality of identity but also in economic justice. After years of books on feminism that have started to say the same thing, everyone (not just women!) should buy this one."
“[Feminism for the 99%’s] captivating vision of feminism is not a standalone movement, isolated from battles against the exploitation of people or the planet … in contrast, [it] calls for radical movements to join together in a ‘common anti-capitalist insurgency.’ Where do I sign up?”
[Arruzza, Bhattacharya, and Fraser] have collaborated and written what is effectively a prospective programme for the global women's movement, a feminist manifesto for the 99%.”