'This Bridge Called My Back' by Cherríe Moraga & Gloria E. Anzaldúa
This incredibly moving volume of poems, short stories, and essays features voices that are silenced and experiences that are disallowed in mainstream America. It succeeds in exposing the stories of women of color left out of the history books.
'How I Became Latina' by Raquel Cepeda
Cepeda is courageous and brilliant as she recounts her childhood and coming up as a Dominican-American and a voice of the hip-hop generation. Cepeda, a young woman seeking the truth about her roots in the face of racism, xenophobia, machismo and violence, seeks to connect her past with her future.
'In the Time of the Butterflies' by Julia Alvarez
A historical novel that details the courageous lives of las hermanas Mirabal: four Dominican sisters whose untimely deaths at the hands of dictator Rafael Trujillo sparked a revolution for democracy on the island and one for women around the world.
'For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide…' by Ntozake Shange
Shange’s choreopoem is a powerful ode to the resilience and courage of black women, all the while taking a hard look at some of their shared struggles.
'When Chickenheads Come Home to Roost' by Joan Morgan
One word: real. Morgan, a voice of the hip-hop generation, discusses feminism and examines the contradictions that exist in black feminism and how modern black culture affects its women. A must-read for the millennial black woman.
'Chicana Falsa' by Michele Serros
The people and places introduced in Michele Serros "Chicana Falsa" are brought to vivid life in this unique collection of poems and stories. Witty, tender, and emotionally honest, Serros words speak to the painful and hilarious identity crises particular among youth caught between two cultures.
'Borderlands/La Frontera' by Gloria E. Anzaldúa
Anzaldúa dedicated Borderlands (a book banned from Arizona public high schools after the Arizona House Bill 2281 passed in 2013) to all Mexicans. It explores the literal border between the U.S. and Mexico, while bringing to light the many "invisible borders" Latinas have to navigate on a daily basis. Borders like the ones that exist between Latina and American, speaking English and Spanish, being straight or gay, etc.
'Bad Feminist' by Roxane Gay
Using wit and humor, Roxane Gay takes us through her personal journey into womanhood, discovering what it means to be a woman in American culture.
'Woman Hollering Creek' by Sandra Cisneros
Sandra Cisneros' collection of short stories -- exploring what it means to be Latina, American, and a woman who doesn't fit into traditional gender roles -- creates different routes of accessibility via characters that are real and deeply seeded inside many bicultural Latinas who grow up feeling "ni de aqui, ni de alla."
'A Cup of Water Under My Bed' by Daisy Hernández
'Colonize This!' by Daisy Hernández, Ed.S. Bushra Rehman, Cherrie Moraga
These essays explore four major themes: family and community; mothers; cultural customs; and talking back to white feminists, men, mothers and liberals. These women of diverse backgrounds express a more radical, racialized feminism that broadens the movement beyond its early incarnation.
'Sister Outsider' by Audre Lorde
'Assata: An Autobiography' by Assata Shakur, Angela Davis
Assata Shakur is the revolutionary - and the FBI's most wanted woman - who put everything on the line, including her life, to fight for what she wholeheartedly believed in. Her reflections on a life of activism and her participation in the Black Power Movement will resonate with many a black woman's experience.