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Author bell hooks asks, “Ain’t I a Woman”?

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A groundbreaking work of feminist history and theory analyzing the complex relations between various forms of oppression, bell hook’s groundbreaking tome Ain’t I a Woman examines the impact of sexism on black women during slavery, the historic devaluation of black womanhood, black male sexism, racism within the recent women’s movement, and black women’s involvement in the feminism movement. 

The cultural critic, feminist theorist, and professor is celebrated as one of our nation’s leading public intellectuals by The Atlantic Monthly and she was named one of Utne Reader’s 100 Visionaries Who Could Change Your Life. A charismatic speaker who divides her time among teaching, writing, and lecturing around the world, Hooks was a professor in the English departments at Yale University and Oberlin College. She is now a Distinguished Professor of English at City College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.

With more than 17 books to her credit, you may have one your shelf:

  • All About Love: New Visions
  • Remembered Rapture: The Writer at Work
  • Wounds of Passion: A Writing Life
  • Bone Black: Memories of Girlhood
  • Killing Rage: Ending Racism
  • Art on My Mind: Visual Politics
  • Breaking Bread: Insurgent Black Intellectual Life. 

Click here to learn more about the Bell Hooks Institute.