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50% off Haymarket Books for Women's History Month

In honor of Women's History month and in celebration of the radical women who make and record our histories, we've put together a reading list of Haymarket books about and/or by women committed to the struggle for liberation from gender-based oppression.

All of these books are 50% Off for the month of March.

Powerhouse, world-renowned queer poet and spoken-word artist Staceyann Chin curates the first full-length collection of her poems.

A BreakBeat Poets anthology to celebrate and canonize the words of Black women across the diaspora. 

"If Black women were free, it would mean that everyone else would have to be free." —Combahee River Collective Statement

My Seditious Heart collects the work of a two-decade period when Arundhati Roy devoted herself to the political essay as a way of opening up space for justice, rights, and freedoms in an increasingly hostile world.

A comprehensive account of the women who organized for labor rights and equality from the early factories to the 1970’s. 

A refreshing, unapologetic intervention into ongoing conversations about the line between sexual freedom and sexual exploitation.

Build Yourself a Boat redefines the language of collective and individual trauma through lyric and memory.

A collection of compelling narratives highlighting the struggles of feminist warriors whose voices are too often marginalized. 

Undivided Rights captures the evolving and largely unknown activist history of women of color organizing for reproductive justice.

A BreakBeat Poets anthology of writings by Muslims who are women, queer, genderqueer, nonbinary, and/or trans.

Electric Arches is an imaginative exploration of Black girlhood and womanhood through poetry, visual art, and narrative prose. 

"This slim book—seven essays, punctuated by enigmatic, haunting paintings by Ana Teresa Fernandez—hums with power and wit."—Boston Globe 

Rebecca Solnit’s timely follow-up to her national bestseller Men Explain Things to Me offers a refreshing take on contemporary feminism.

Who gets to shape the narrative of our times? The current moment is a battle royale over that foundational power, one in which women, people of color, and queer people are telling their versions, and white people and men and particularly white men are trying to hang onto the old versions and their own centrality.

With a new preface, this feminist classic reveals the dangers of contemporary population-control tactics, especially for women in developing countries.

This classic work sheds light on the lives and struggles of immigrant women domestic workers.

A powerful account of the epic clash between corporate greed and militant workers in the American heartland by labor historian Toni Gilpin.

A story of resistance, repression, and US policy in Honduras in the aftermath of a violent military coup.

Narratives of women banana workers— waging a powerful revolution by making gender equity central in Latin American labor organizing.

A compelling account of the successful strike led by Mexican women workers at the largest plant in Watsonville, California.

Offers an accessible and rigorous analysis of the history of the U.S. child welfare system and its implications today, offering ideas for reform and building solidarity.

Katherine Franke makes a powerful case for reparations for Black Americans by amplifying the stories of formerly enslaved people.

Susan Buck-Morss highlights new forms of international solidarity and revolutionary subjectivity that can break the impasse of neoliberal capitalism and reactionary nationalism.

A remarkable collection of essays illuminating Rosa Luxemburg's tremendous contributions to revolutionary struggle and enduring relevance.

This new, authoritative introduction to Rosa Luxemburg’s two most important works presents the full text of Reform or Revolution and The Mass Strike, with explanatory notes, appendices, and introductions.

A captivating account of the central role women played in the Russian Revolution.

A landmark biography of Alexandra Kollontai: a key leader of the Russian Socialist movement, the only woman in the early Soviet government, and one of the most famous women in Russian history.

Essays and speeches from German revolutionary Clara Zetkin, long unavailable in the US, on women's equality, labor, peace, and socialism.

The Women Incendiaries tells the inspirational story of women who played a leading role in the Paris Commune of 1871, one of history’s greatest moments of social upheaval.

This essential volume selects the key essays of renowned Marxist Feminist, and theorist of social reproduction, Martha E. Giménez.

Marx has long been accused of not taking women's issues seriously. Heather Brown sets the record straight.

Decades after initial publication, Vogel's book remains an essential contribution to the development of a materialist theory of gender oppression.