This comprehensive collection of fiction, poetry, and reportage lays to rest the charge that feminism disappeared after 1920. Among the 36 writers are Muriel Rukeyser, Margaret Walker, Josephine Herbst, Tillie Olsen, Tess Slesinger, Agnes Smedley, and Meridel Le Sueur. Others will be new to readers, including many working-class black and white women. Throughout, as Toni Morrison writes, the anthology is "peopled with questioning, caring, socially committed women writers." "Library Journal" says "This volume excavates the stories, poems, and reportage of women writers whose work originally appeared in now-defunct Left journals. This essential collection should inspire."
Charlotte Nekola is a professor of English at William Paterson University, and is the author of a memoir, Dream House.