When we think of mothers and mother figures, we think of loving, protecting, supportive, devoted, strong, and independent women.

Below are titles that showcase the independent spirit of the women who serve as mothers in our lives. For the sacrifices they make, the creativity they share, and the activism they inspire, we hope you can find the perfect book that cherishes the independent spirit of the mom in your life. Use discount code 18W1300 to save 40% on all titles.*

Agnès Varda between Film, Photography, and Art by Rebecca J. DeRoo 

Agnès Varda is a prolific film director, photographer, and artist whose cinematic career spans more than six decades. Today she is best known as the innovative “mother” of the French New Wave film movement of the 1950s and ’60s and for her multimedia art exhibitions. Learn more about Agnès Varda’s 2017 Honorary Oscar Award.




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Ronnie Gilbert: A Radical Life in Song by Ronnie Gilbert

Ronnie Gilbert was a founding member of the Weavers, along with Pete Seeger, Lee Hays, and Fred Hellerman. She became a performer and an activist on behalf of social change in the late 1940s. Much more than a memoir, Ronnie Gilbert is a unique and engaging historical document for readers interested in music, theater, American politics, the women’s movement, and left-wing activism.Read more about  Ronnie’s inspiring life.



Radical Eroticism: Women, Art, and Sex in the 1960s by Rachel Middleman

Rachel Middleman shows that erotic art made by women was integral to the profound changes that took place in American art during the sixties, from the crumbling of modernist aesthetics and the expanding field of art practice to the emergence of the feminist art movement. See other titles on resistance in art and cinema. #herstory




The Big Push: Exposing and Challenging the Persistence of Patriarchy by Cynthia Enloe

Encouraging self-reflection, Cynthia Enloe guides us in the discomforting curiosity of reviewing our own personal complicity in sustaining patriarchy in order to withdraw our own support for it. The Big Push is a call for feminist self-reflection and strategic action with a belief that exposure complements resistance. Read more about Cynthia’s thoughts on complicity.




My Name Is Jody Williams: A Vermont Girl’s Winding Path to the Nobel Peace Prize by Jody Williams

Jody Williams, who received the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize for her work to ban landmines, is founding chair of the Nobel Women’s Initiative. Forbes magazine named her one of the hundred most powerful women in the world in its first such list. Learn more about what Jody does today.




The Next American Revolution: Sustainable Activism for the Twenty-First Century, Updated and Expanded Edition by Grace Lee Boggs and Scott Kurashige
Grace Lee Boggs, the recipient of many human rights and lifetime achievement awards, is an activist, writer, and speaker. She is celebrated in the National Women’s Hall of Fame. Hear Grace in conversation with Immanuel Wallerstein.




How All Politics Became Reproductive Politics: From Welfare Reform to Foreclosure to Trump by Laura Briggs
Feminist critic Laura Briggs brilliantly outlines how politicians’ racist accounts of reproduction—stories of Black “welfare queens” and Latina “breeding machines”—were the leading wedge in the government and business disinvestment in families. Read Laura’s thoughts on how reproductive politics can be a powerful way to discuss US empire.




Better Safe Than Sorry: How Consumers Navigate Exposure to Everyday Toxics by Norah MacKendrick

Norah MacKendrick ponders why the problem of toxics in the U.S. retail landscape has been left to individual shoppers—especially mothers. She reveals how “green shopping,” is a costly and time-intensive practice, one that is connected to cultural ideas of femininity and good motherhood but is also most available to upper- and middle-class households. See other titles on women’s health-related issues.


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