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International Women's Day



In honour of International Women's Day, what are some of your favourite female authors? Classics, chick lit, feminist writing, sci fi, comedy - you name it.


I love Charlotte Bronte (classic), Sappho (very classic).

Has anyone ever read Naomi James' [i]At One with the Sea: Alone Around the World[/i]? She was the first woman to sail around the world alone and it is her auto-biography. Highly-recommended.

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Beryl Bainbridge is a British author that seems little-known in Canada. I love her novels.


I love women's autobiographies/biographies so, thanks for that reference to Naomi James. My favourite thus far is Emma Goldman's Living My Life -- in two volumes yet, 'cause she did a lot of living! Thanks be to Emma! Another favourite writer is Nawal El Saadawi.


Agnes Smedley, Daughter of Earth !


Lucy Maud Montgomery (who was somewhat progressive on women's issues for her time)

Margaret Atwood (hit and miss for me depending on the book, but The Edible Woman will always be one of my favorite books)

Kathy Reichs (I've only read a couple of her books, always mean to read more - love crime mysteries!)

Karyn Bosnak (of "Save Karyn" fame - definitely chick lit, but lots of fun)

Judy MacDonald (loved Jane - creeeeepy!)

Judy Rebick (enjoying "Imagine Democracy" now that I'm finally getting around to reading it, after going through a total slump when it comes to non-fiction)

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Katy Riechs

Faye Kellerman

Attwood - as Michelle said - on a case by case basis

The Wizard of S...

Dorothy Catherine (D.C.) Fontana.

For those of you who don't know, Fontana was a writer who wrote several classic Star Trek: TOS episodes such as "Tomorrow is Yesterday", "Friday's Child", "Journey To Babel", and "The Enterprise Incident." She used her initials instead of her first name because in the sixties, women sci-fi writers weren't generally accepted. For those of you who aren't true believers, she also wrote for The Six Million Dollar Man, Earth: The Final Conflict, The Transformers, Dallas and several others.


Just thought I'd wish everyone a happy International Women's Day. May the coming year bring more victories for women's rights and equality, and no more erosion of past gains.

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Thank you unionist, your sentiments are much appreciated.

My fav women authors are:

Hildegard of Bingen and Teresa of Avila.

Ann Cameron, Taylor Caldwell, Margaret Atwood, Margaret Laurence, Jean M. Aul, and Kathleen O'Neal Gear.

And today, in honour of IWD, I am starting Reconcilliation, by Benazir Bhutto. Bought it last evening can't wait to start it.


My favourite female authors are (in no particular order):

- Tama Janowitz
- Bronte sisters
- Taylor Caldwell (I just bought 12 of her books, used)
- Dorothy Allison
- Kathy Acker
- Naomi Klein
- Ann Cameron
- Naomi Wolfe
- Helen Fielding
- Margaret Atwood

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Oh, I forgot Naomi Klein, thanks Stargazer.

What a prolific writer Caldwell was, eh?! Romance of Atlantis was my favorite followed by Captain and Kings and then Dialogues With the Devil.


Caldwell is amazing. I set out to buy all her books (I read a lot of them when I was a teenager) but found out she has written far too many for me to buy.

I got hooked on her with Wicked Angel, then moved on to Captain and the Kings and Answer As A Man. She has a pretty decent profile on Wikipedia:


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Oh, weird, I forgot about Answer as a Man, I have a box of books of hers (issues with hoarding books) that I must find and reread and then give away. I gave a few to my daughter but other than Cicero and Romance of Atlantis she never got into them.

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I will always owe a great deal of gratitude to Marilyn French. Reading her novel, [i]The Women's Room[/i] when I was barely out of high school opened my eyes and my world.

There are countless of fantastic women writers already noted in this thread. I just want to add one up and coming artist that I admire greatly, Heather O'Neil.



Happy International Women's Day!


Happy International Women's Day.


I try some mornings to listen to the CBC but I often turn it off in disgust after a few minutes.  This morning they had a child care advocate on Rick Cluff's program explaining how deeply her family is affected by the high cost of child care and it literally means some months choosing food on the table or not paying the child care bill. 

Rick's response on IWD was to ask whether it was not a personal responsibility to ensure one has enough money to cover the costs before having children.  One of CBC's female talking heads comment about IWD was is this a day when you are supposed to give me flowers.  Frown


Happy 8th of March!

The English in the WMW declaration is strange; no, I did not translate it.

 8th March 2014 - World March of Women International Women’s Day Declaration WMW 7 mars 2014 

We strengthen our struggles and solidarity to advance the autonomy, freedom, the defense of our bodies and the progress made by the feminist movements in the world.

Women in the world are dealing with the effects of political situations, violence, extreme poverty and natural situations caused by the destruction and over-exploitation of nature, including by mining companies. These situations are affecting the lives of all women worldwide and it challenges us to find creative forms to confront. However, we organize ourselves and continue to advance our actions and struggles that can build alternatives for women to live in fulfillness.

In Africa, we know that, under situations of war, women in the Central African Republic worked hard and succeeded in electing a woman, Catherine Samba- Panza, as head of state Transition. This is a first step to increase the participation of women in the ongoing negotiation process, but this opens up a new challenge that is - The return of 500,000 displaced persons to Bangui, including persons displaced to the 16 municipalities and 78 sub - municipalities or refugees ; rebuilding a rule of law ; recovery of the economy after the economic decline of the country.

Recently the Uganda government enacted a Law that criminalizes homosexuality until death sentence and further a minister of Ethics and Integrity claimed that “men raping girls is natural and seems to imply heterosexual rape is morally preferable to consensual homosexual activity”. Furtherly, Zimbabwe president Mugabe saluted the government of Uganda and promised that his country shall pass similar law in future. These positions of heads of states clearly show the backlash in women´s rights and human rights in general.

In Western Sahara continues the brutal repression of the Moroccan Saharawi people living in the occupied territory of Laayoune forces. The UNMS (National Union of Saharawi Women) denounce the complicity of European governments who signed the fisheries agreement between the EU and Morocco and call for solidarity of women around the world. The conclusions of the recent conference of solidarity with the Saharawi women made an appeal to the  international community, to the UN, the African Union and the European Parliament for the end of plundering of Western Saharan’s resources , the condemnation of violations of Human rights in the Occupied Sahara by Morocco, through a mechanism of protection of human rights , the elimination of the wall of shame and the implementation of the UN resolutions , which provide for a referendum on self-determination for the Saharawi people to express freely and transparently.

In the Arab world women are still suffering from massive violence from organized conservative powers. In Iraq, Yemen and in Syria millions of people are  killed in the war supported by imperial powers ; in Egypt and Tunisia women are still working hard to gain their rights through a very hard transitional phase ; in Morocco women movement are working for legal reform strengthening their movement towards progressive change.

The Palestinian women are under daily offensive practices from the Israeli occupation, and struggling for their national rights in the same time they are struggling for their social equality, and still calling for solidarity to end the Israeli occupation, and to implement the unavailable rights of Palestinian people.

In Asia, rampant privatization and corporate occupation of public lands and services continue to impoverish women and their families, particularly in the rural and indigenous communities, and deprive them of their sources of food and livelihood. This situation renders women, girls and children vulnerable to trafficking, exploitation, prostitution and sexual violence. Many instances of private business take-over of urban spaces have dislocated urban poor communities, pushing into forests, mining areas and foreshore lands. Corporate land-grabbers have actually intensified the catastrophe and impact caused by typhoons and natural disasters. Deprived of social services, income and livelihood, women’s autonomy is further jeopardized by fundamentalist religious forces that deny them reproductive rights, promoting homophobia and lesbophobia.

In the other hand the widespread prevalence of violence against women is a serious issue, particularly with regard to domestic violence and marital rape, child marriages, and trafficking in women and girls. Collective rape in India and degradation of working conditions in the region remain of big concern.

In Europe, women are on the streets in defense of the right to safe abortion, which is threatened in many countries of the continent where abortion was already an earned right. In the Spanish State, the ultraconservative right-wing government wants to change the law governing access to abortion. Demonstrations also denounce the rise of conservatism and right-wing groups, which especially attack the rights and achievements of women, and state repression to popular mobilization. Women in Europe are fighting everyday against neo-liberal policies and austerity measures destroying our access to health, education, housing and common services, and pushing some people into racism and xenophobia.

In Latin America we find attempts of coup d’état to constitutional government of Venezuela, through violent and systematic attacks of opposition forces through social networking. Our sisters from the World March of women have spoken publicly denouncing the attacks and maneuvers that are generating the right wing, supported by U.S. television channels and Latin channels in the United States.

Several countries continue the defense of their territories while facing physical and psychological attacks. Women also face sexual violence through forced and early marriages, putting girls into slavery lives, as leads also the worldwide development of the sex industry.

The increased power of corporations has contributed to dispossession and accumulation of natural resources like land, water, forests, and replacement of household agriculture by extraction and monocultures, pushing women and communities to a dead end, without alternative livelihoods. The state is resigning from its responsibility to ensure access to basic health services, education and housing where women and families are given this burden and responsibility without any means to bear the costs that it represents. Likewise, we continue contributing pushing for the elimination of patriarchy, capitalism and colonialism, promoting social organization for the defense of the progressive governments of the continents, ones that believe that another world is possible. In these situations, we women continue to organize ourselves, finding creative ways to defend life, to expand our movements, alliances, generate alternatives so that all can be together in action.

The 9th International Meeting in São Paulo, was a time of reaffirmation of our greatness, our strength, our diversity, and above all of our unity and solidarity in the commitment to proceed in our march. With this strength and inspiration we seek from all the women who came before us, and young girls who side-to-side walk with us, to prepare for our 4th Global Action in 2015 , to achieve a mobilization that strengthen us in the defense of our bodies and territories, and advance the independence, freedom and peace for women and peoples.
Solidarity among women around the world is essential for survival, defend and advance.

Women of the World, we are on the march until we are all free. 


Happy International Women's Day to sisters in struggle everywhere!

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Wishing best to all to mark the occasion.


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