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NYU Reads

A selection of resources for engaging with the NYU Reads books.

Women's Rights

'The collateral consequences of mass incarceration have been equally profound. We ban poor women and, inevitably, their children from receiving food stamps and public housing if they have prior drug convictions. We have created a new caste system that forces thousands of people into homelessness, bans them from living with their families and in their communities." Just Mercy, Chapter 16

Many of the cases that Stevenson describes in Just Mercy show us the overlapping effects that race, gender, and class have on his client's interactions with the criminal justice system. These resources give voice to issues facing women, especially women of color and poor women, and the fight for women's rights. Subjects include feminism, reproductive justice, and the systemic effects of sexism.

Essays & Articles

"If Black women were free, it would mean that everyone else would have to be free since our freedom would necessitate the destruction of all the systems of oppression.” - "A Black Feminist Statement" by the Combahee River Collective

Print Books & eBooks

Print Books


"What appealed to me about Black feminism was it asserted that we deserve space. We deserve space. If you're not dealing with these issues that we have on our backs all the time, you're not getting free, period, dot." -  Alicia Garza, co-founder of Black Lives Matter, from How We Get Free: Black Feminism and the Combahee River Collective



Further Reading