One mission of JGSPL as a student organization of WCL is to support diversity and inclusion within our community. To do so, staffers have offered recommendations to promote anti-racist learning and support diverse voices in the field.


Antiracist Nonfiction

◦Twisted: the Tangled History of Black Hair Culture by Emma Dabiri

◦Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

◦An Abolitionist’s Handbook: 12 Steps to Changing Yourself and the World by Patrisse Cullors

◦The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander

◦Do Better: Spiritual Activism by Rachel Ricketts

◦How to be an Antiracist by Ibram x. Kendi

◦Hood Feminism by Mikki Kendall

◦So You Want to Talk About Race? By Ijeoma Olou

◦White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide by Carol Anderson

◦What if I Say the Wrong Thing? 25 Habits for Culturally Effective People by Verna Myers


Feminist Theory Literature

◦The Will To Change by bell hooks

◦Feminism is for Everybody by bell hooks

◦Bad Feminist by Roxanne Gay

◦Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde

◦The Masters Tools Will Never Dismantle the Master’s House by Audre Lorde

◦Reproduction on the reservation by Brianna Theobald

◦We do this ’til we free us by Mariame Kaba

◦Who’s afraid of gender? By Judith Butler

◦On Female Rage by Leslie Jamison

◦Nickel and Dimed: on (not) getting by in America by Barbara Ehrenreich

Creative Nonfiction/Autobiography

◦A Small Place by Jamaica Kincaid

◦Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

◦Maus by Art Spiegelman

◦Renting Lacy: A Story of America’s Prostituted Children by Linda Smith


Queer History Nonfiction and Essays

◦Charity & Sylvia: A Same-Sex Marriage in Early America by Rachel Cleves

◦Sex before Sexuality: a Premodern History by Dr. Kim Phillips

◦Indian Women, French Women, & Regulation of Sex by Jennifer Spear

◦Bodies in Doubt: Intersex in Early America by Elizabeth Reis

◦“I indulged by desire too freely”…self-pollution in the diary of Joseph Moody by Brian Carroll

◦The invention of heterosexuality by Jonathan Katz

◦Trade, Wolves and the Boundaries of Normal Manhood by George Chauncey


Diverse Sci-Fi/Fantasy

◦Who Fears Death by Nnedi Okorafor

◦Binti by Nnedi Okorafor

◦Mr. Fox by Helen Oyeyemi

◦Temporary People by Deepak Unnikrishnan

◦The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende

◦Kindred by Octavia E. Butler

◦Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik

◦Parable of the Sower by Octavia E. Butler

◦The Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K Leguin

◦The Book of Disappearance by Ibtisam Azem

◦Beloved by Toni Morrison


Historical Fiction

◦Deep as the Sky, Red as the Sea by Rita Chang-Eppig

◦The mayor of Maxwell street by Avery Cunningham



◦Paris is Burning dir. Jennie Livingston

◦13th dir. Ava DuVernay

◦We Were Here dir. David Weissman

◦The Invisible War dir. Kirby Dick