2 Dope Bookshelf: Women’s Studies

My writing partner and I have many things in common, including our teaching interests. Although we come from different disciplines in the humanities (literature and history), we have both taught courses in Women’s Studies. So, on this last Thursday in Women’s History Month, we are featuring texts we use for our Women’s Studies classes.

Readings in Women’s Studies


Patricia Hill Collins, Black Feminist Thought: Knowledge, Consciousness, and the Politics of Empowerment, Routledge, 2nd Ed, 2008.


Josephine Donovan, Feminist Theory: The Intellectual Traditions, Bloomsbury Academic, 4th Ed., 2012.


Cynthia Ellen Harrison, On Account of Sex: The Politics of Women’s Issues, 1945-1968, University of California Press, 1987.


Audre Lorde, Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches, Crossing Press, 2007.


Virginia Woolf, A Room of One’s Own, Penguin, 2004.



2 Dope Bookshelf: Women’s Autobiography

Here are more selections from the eclectic grab bag that is the 2 Dope Bookshelf. Continuing with our Women’s History Month focus, this week we have women’s autobiographies/memoirs.

Women’s Autobiography


Elaine Brown, A Taste of Power: A Black Woman’s Story, Anchor Books, 1993


Angela Davis, Angela Davis: An Autobiography, International Publishers, 1988.


Mary Crow Dog with Richard Erdoes, Lakota Woman, HarperPerennial, 1991.


Elva Trevino, Barefoot Heart: Stories of a Migrant Child, Bilingual Press, 1999.


Condoleezza Rice, Extraordinary, Ordinary People: a Memoir of Family, Three Rivers Press, 2011.

2 Dope Bookshelf: Women and Work

As you can tell by our header and our numerous posts about books, the 2 Dope Sistahs are pretty serious readers. I don’t know about you, but whenever I go into people’s homes or offices, I’m drawn to their bookshelves. I want to see what they read. We thought our readers might interested to find out what books are on our bookshelves (or in boxes when we run out of shelves) as well. Because of Women’s History Month, we’re featuring books on women’s history for the rest of March.

This week’s theme is: Women and Work.


Elizabeth Clark-Lewis, Living In, Living Out: African American Domestics and the Great Migration, 1994.


Penny Colman, Rosie the Riveter: Working Women on the Home Front in World War II, 1995.


Susanna Delfino and Michele Gillespie, eds., Neither Lady nor Slave: Working Women of the Old South, 2002.


Jacqueline Jones,  Labor of Love, Labor of Sorrow: Black Women, Work and the Family, From Slavery to the Present, 1986.


Phyllis Palmer, Domesticity and Dirt: Housewives and Domestic Servants in the United States, 1920-1945, 1989.

(Some the books above have newer editions available)

Foto Friday: Sojourner Truth

In honor of Black History and Women’s History months, 2 Dope Sistahs will be posting photos of our visits to historical sites on Foto Fridays. This week’s pictures are from Battle Creek, Michigan, where anti-slavery and women’s rights activist Sojourner Truth lived for more than twenty years.

Sojourner Truth carte de visite

Sojourner Truth carte de visite, sold to support herself.

Sojourner Truth (c. 1797-November 26, 1883) was born into slavery in Ulster County, New York at the end of the 18th century. Known as Isabella (or Isabella Baumfree/Bomefree), she freed herself (walked away) from slavery in 1826. An advocate for abolition and women’s rights, she changed her name to Sojourner Truth in 1843. Truth’s narrative, The Narrative of Sojourner Truth, is available on the web and can be downloaded free of charge. Click here.


Sojourner Truth Monument in Battle Creek, Michigan

12-foot statue of Sojourner Truth at Monument Park


Sojourner Truth’s signature, from April 1880, Sojourner Truth Monument

Sojourner Truth was unable to read and write, but the above is a representation of her signature.


Headstone, Oak Hill Cemetery, Battle Creek, Michigan

Sojourner Truth is buried at the Oak Hill Cemetery. This stone marker was installed in 1946 by the Sojourner Truth Memorial Association. It replaced the original gravestone.


Historical marker, Oak Hill Cemetery

Several members of Truth’s family are also buried in Oak Hill Cemetery.

Underground Railroad Memorial

Underground Railroad Memorial

Although it honors Harriet Tubman and other Underground Railroad “conductors” rather than Sojourner Truth, I decided to include the above picture. This 14-foot statue is also located in Battle Creek.