In this course, we will examine foundational works written by women in England and America from the 18th century onward. How have women used the written word to advocate, critique, and shape society and their role inside of it? What patterns and shifts can we identify inside the intellectual history of Western feminist thought? Authors whose work will be considered include: Mary Wollstonecraft, Sojourner Truth, Virginia Woolf, Betty Friedan, Audre Lorde, Wilma Mankiller, Maxine Hong Kingston, & Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Students can expect a collaborative, intersectional, discussion-based approach to understanding and appreciating the struggles and contributions of female-identified authors in the West.