Our mission is to build the future of feminist publishing—so why are we diving into the past?


Hey all,

Have you ever read a book that seemed to be written just for you—as if it were a message from the past, waiting for the right time to declare itself?

That’s how we feel about the Feminist Press classics we’ve chosen to reissue for this year’s fall season: two works from long ago whose stories resound with a power undiminished by the decades.

Both works have suffered neglect, falling out of print for years before being recovered in the early days of the Feminist Press as part of Florence Howe’s mission to revitalize the lost literature of women writers. Daughter of Earth, Agnes Smedley’s semiautobiographical novel of working-class life, was written in 1929 and published by FP in 1973. I Love Myself When I Am Laughing… And Then Again When I Am Looking Mean and Impressive, an anthology of Zora Neale Hurston’s writing spanning from 1926 to 1950, was collected by Alice Walker and published by FP in 1979.

Right now is the perfect moment to lift up two of the most iconic texts from the past fifty years of feminist publishing. The world is ready for the wisdom contained in these pages—we can’t wait to see them find new audiences and shape today’s urgent public conversations. Will you donate today to bring these formerly lost works to the readers who need them now?

Click here to sponsor Daughter of Earth or I Love Myself for as little as $25—or give $250 and we’ll recognize your support on the book’s copyright page so you can be part of its legacy forever!

Forward into the past,

The FP team—Jamia, Crystal, Drew, Nick, Sophia, Jisu, Lauren, and Lucia

P.S. Daughter of Earth? Who’s that? Check back next week to learn more about this “precious, priceless book”!

Sophia Magnone