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Jun 21 2019 - 09:06 AM
News Cafe Book Collections - The Patriarchy

The Patriarchy: Past and Present

January - Mid-February, 2019

Curated by Jennifer Govan

Designed by Trisha Barton & Angela Perrone

The Patriarchy refers to a family, group, community, society, social organization, or government where men predominate in positions of power. The term derives from the ancient Greek meaning "rule of the father“ and was embodied in the Old Testament with leading figures Methuselah, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Over centuries it connected to the women's movement and feminism.


With many believing that cultural norms still favor men today, this exhibit draws attention to the history and controversy over patriarchal systems and their ensuing social, political, and economic consequences. Its intent is to help us examine an old theme whose continuing relevance plays out.

The Books

  • The Big Push: Exposing and Challenging the Persistence of Patriarchy, by Cynthia Enloe
  • The Creation of Patriarchy (Women and History; V. 1), by Gerda Lerner
  • Darkness Now Visible: Patriarchy's Resurgence and Feminist Resistance, by Carol Gilligan & David A. J. Richards
  • The End of Patriarchy: Radical Feminism for Men, by Robert Jensen
  • The Gendering of American Politics: Founding Mothers, Founding Fathers, and Political Patriarchy, by Mark Kann
  • Patriarchy (Key Ideas), by Pavla Miller
  • Post-Apocalyptic Patriarchy: American Television and Gendered Visions of Survival, by Carlen Lavigne
  • The Promise of Patriarchy: Women and the Nation of Islam, by Ula Yvette Taylor
  • The Rule of Mars: Readings on the Origins, History and Impact of Patriarchy, by Cristina Biaggi
  • Unplugging the Patriarchy - A Mystical Journey into the Heart of a New Age, by Lucia René
  • Why Does Patriarchy Persist?, by Carol Gilligan & Naomi Snider
  • The Will To Change: Men, Masculinity and Love, by Bell Hooks


  • History Matters: Patriarchy and the Challenge of Feminism, by Judith M. Bennett

The Display








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