Zillah Eisenstein

My writings, thoughts, and activism.


“Zillah Eisenstein is one of the foremost political theorists and activists of our time. She has written feminist theory in North America for the past thirty-five years. Her writing is an integral part of her political activism. She writes in order to share and learn with, and from, others engaged in political struggles for social justice.”–Zed Press, London

She writes about her work building coalitions across women’s differences: the black/white divide in the U.S.; the struggles of Serb and Muslim women in the war in Bosnia; the needs of women health workers in Cuba; the commitments of environmentalists in Ghana; the relationship between socialists and feminists in union organizing; the struggles against extremist fundamentalisms in Egypt and Afghanistan; the needs of women workers in India, the work conditions of young women in the Foxconn factories in China, and the organizing of migrant women workers in Indonesia.

Zillah Eisenstein has been Professor of Politics at Ithaca College in New York for the las 35 years and is presently a Distinguished Scholar in Residence. She at present writes regularly for Al Jazeera.com and FeministWire.com.  Throughout her career her books have tracked the rise of neoliberalism both within the U.S. and across the globe. She has documented the demise of liberal democracy and scrutinized the growth of imperial and militarist globalization. She has also critically written about the attack on affirmative action in the U.S., the masculinist bias of law, the crisis of breast cancer and AIDS, the racism of patriarchy and the patriarchal structuring of race, the new nationalisms, corporatist multiculturalism, and the newest gendered and classed formations of the planet.


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10 thoughts on “About

  1. So impressive! I have read all of Zillah’s books and have learned an invaluable amount from each……new ideas, new perspectives, new thoughts. Zillah is a Teacher Treasure and walks the talk.

  2. Love the new web site! Ideas as big as the Tetons. Waiting for the next blog, thanks for giving us all a full set of all your work here! A wonderful gift from that wonderful mind.

  3. I took every class of yours I could (graduated Ithaca College in 1984 with a Politics degree, only because I took so many of your classes I ended up with that major) and you literally reshaped the way I think. I’m grateful for the influence you had on me and am so glad to see you kept teaching and changing lives.

  4. AWOMAN, Zillah, on your recent FemWire article about the Pope and Patriarchy.
    Thank Goddess that in America we strong women can embrace , mentor and show young women all that they can be
    and break this cycle of the dark ages. It’s about time. With all due respect to the Pope, may young women of today see that change and live in a world where they are leaders and creators of their own destiny in amore balanced world.

    At least it was good to hear President Obama emphasize women and girls
    in an unrelated to the Pope , address a day or so ago. He said, in reference to that
    subject, that he didn’t by the culture that say, “that’s just the way we do things around here.”
    Women are to be revered and respected.

  5. Hi Zlillah,

    Today, the Laura Flanders show introduced me to you and your prolific work for the first time…I look forward to reading one your books: Against Empire: Feminisms, Racism and ‘the’ West

    Aside from the above, I’m hoping you could share your thoughts on the quotes below by Dr. Karen Horney

    “Any sudden increase in interest over sex differences, therefore, must be regarded as a danger signal for women, particularly, in a patriarchal society where men find it advantageous to prove on biologic premises that women should not take part in shaping the economy and the political order. On these premises elaborate convictions serving the interests of masculine ideologies become strategical means of preserving masculine superiority in the economic and political world by convincing women that innately she is glad to keep out of it”

    Elsewhere she says

    “Once and for all we should stop bothering about what is feminine and what is not. Such concerns only undermine our energies. Standards of masculinity and femininity are artificial standards. All that we definitely know at present about sex differences is that we do not know what they are. Scientific differences between the two sexes certainly exist, but we shall never be able to discover what they are until we have first developed our potentialities as human beings. Paradoxical as it may sound, we shall find out about these differences only if we forget about them. In the meantime what we can do is to work together for the full development of the human personalities of all for the sake of general welfare”

    The above excerpts are from Dr. Bernard J Paris’s book- Karen Horney: A Psychoanalyst’s Search for Self-Understanding
    Appendix B Women’s Fear Of Action

    As a white Latin American man in my late 50’s and while I read and study on my own on issues of gender, awareness, and self realization, would it be true to say that the problems we face in present day patriarchy ought to be regarded as a psychological disease and treated as such? If so, how can men free themselves from this archaic and deeply entrenched ideology that treating women as second class citizens is normal when it’s not? They don’t have this ideology, the ideology has them. It controls them unknowingly, and as you most likely know, no amount of reason or objective facts can shake them out of their delusion. As for myself, psychotherapy helped me greatly with my delusions. It was not easy to tell my therapist at the time my worst stuff but
    it was the only way to free myself of them. As painful as it was, it was also salvific. Does this imply that if we want the evolution of humanity to move forward in trans-formative ways all men must go into therapy? How else could we possibly do it without the benefits that psychotherapy offers?

  6. I wanted to comment on your latest article on the US election, but comments have not been allowed.
    I am currently residing in Dominican Rep. Challenging as it is to be in a country where people make $11 a day, where most friendships will turn to people’s economic challenges and need for assistance, it is at the cutting edge of Capitalism. This is the truth of Capitalism where people struggle to feed and I am told things are more extreme in Haiti. This is why all progressives need to spend time in developing countries. Capitalism is ultimately bad for all people around the world, but the extremes of the developing world need broadcasting to the planet. This system has to be changed.

  7. Zillah, i graduated from Columbus North High School in 1963 and Ohio State in 1967. your name seems familiar. did you happen to attend North or OSU? just wondering.

  8. Of the many things I’ve learned from this amazing woman from my time at IC, the one that sustains me on these dark days is understanding what is behind the power structure in our society and how it is geared to diminish women in every aspect of our culture. Her lectures and writings have inspired me for 40 years. It is so much better to be angry and to fight back than to be defeated and depressed by the direction our democracy is headed. I wish she were coming to D.C. on the 21st to lead us in our rejection of this illegitimate and moronic administration.

  9. Just heard your Out of Bounds interview on the radio! Thank you!

  10. Dear Dr. Eisenstein,

    I am researching how to form a women posse to protect women from anti-women policies. The posse would operate by confronting political offenders in their spaces with a group of white women (possibly ages 28+). I want to start a sweeping trend of white women posse’s across the country that visit politicians and their supporting/complicit wives and/or husbands.

    I don’t know where to start, but your article on white women posse for POC intrigued me. I have a black husband and biracial children, and I thought that the best way to make a visual and visceral optic for change would be using white women to make that clear statement. The group wouldn’t be soft core, they would implement tactics of suffragettes and other groups to inspire fear of the posse and the exposure in the media.

    I would appreciate any direction you may provide, including literature references and existing groups.

    Kind regards,


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