Feminism for the 99%: A Manifesto (Paperback)
The organizers of the International Women’s Strike “cut through the corporate feminist ‘Lean In’ noise to offer a feminism rooted not just in intersectionality . . . but also in economic justice”—for readers of Roxane Gay and Rebecca Solnit (Vogue).
Feminism shouldn’t start—or stop—with seeing women represented at the top of society. It should start with the 99%.
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%.”
“Fulfils the serious promise of its subtitle, ‘a manifesto’, as it makes feminism generally applicable and available – and addresses the crisis of capitalism as a feminist issue … excellent.”
“A treatise for an intersectional, socialist feminism that centers collective power over power for just a few.”
“A visionary, relatable and all-encompassing resource valuable both to the collective committed to achieving a feminist informed anti-capitalist society and to those who are yet to be haunted by the spectre.”
—Felicity Adams, Feminist Legal Studies
“[A] timely, fiery manifesto … Arruzza, Bhattacharya, and Fraser herald the arrival of a new internationalist, anticapitalist feminist movement … The feminism they describe is universalist and collaborative, in solidarity with antiracist, queer, environmental, migrant, and labor rights movements also endangered by capitalism.”
“‘An anti-capitalist feminism has become thinkable today,’ Cinzia Arruzza, Tithi Bhattacharya and Nancy Fraser argue in Feminism for the 99 Per Cent, ‘in part because the credibility of political elites is collapsing worldwide.’ They are right.”
—Lorna Finlayson, London Review of Books
“A crucial formulation of an inclusive, transformative, and global social shift.”
“In a searing anti-capitalist manifesto written by three scholar-activists based in the US, Feminism for the 99% stands for allwho are exploited, dominated and oppressed … Combining theory, rhetoric and principle, it reads as a call to arms.”
—Race & Class