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Best Feminist Books
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We Should All Be Feminists
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie - 2014-10-09
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A personal and powerful essay from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, the bestselling author of ‘Americanah’ and ‘Half of a Yellow Sun’, based on her 2013 TEDx Talk of the same name.What does “feminism” mean today? That is the question at the heart of We Should All Be Feminists, a personal, eloquently-argued essay – adapted from her much-viewed Tedx talk of...
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The Handmaid's Tale
Margaret Atwood - 2017-04-25 (first published in 1985)
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Before The Testaments, there was The Handmaids Tale: an instant classic and eerily prescient cultural phenomenon, from the patron saint of feminist dystopian fiction (New York Times).The Handmaids Tale is a novel of such power that the reader will be unable to forget its images and its forecast. Set in the near future, it describes life in what was...
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Emma WatsonJenn Im
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Bad Feminist
Essays
Roxane Gay - 2014-08-05
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Pink is my favorite color. I used to say my favorite color was black to be cool, but it is pinkall shades of pink. If I have an accessory, it is probably pink. I read Vogue, and Im not doing it ironically, though it might seem that way. I once live-tweeted the September issue.In these funny and insightful essays, Roxane Gay takes us through the jou...
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Emma Watson
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The Feminine Mystique
Betty Friedan - 2013-09-03 (first published in 1963)
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Landmark, groundbreaking, classic—these adjectives barely do justice to the pioneering vision and lasting impact of The Feminine Mystique. Published in 1963, it gave a pitch-perfect description of “the problem that has no name”: the insidious beliefs and institutions that undermined women’s confidence in their intellectual capabilities and kept the...
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Sister Outsider
Essays and Speeches (Crossing Press Feminist Series)
Audre Lorde - 2007-08-01 (first published in 1984)
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Presenting the essential writings of black lesbian poet and feminist writer Audre Lorde, Sister Outsider celebrates an influential voice in twentieth-century literature. In this charged collection of fifteen essays and speeches, Lorde takes on sexism, racism, ageism, homophobia, and class, and propounds social difference as a vehicle for action and...
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Men Explain Things to Me
Rebecca Solnit - 2015-08-31
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In her comic, scathing essay “Men Explain Things to Me,” Rebecca Solnit took on what often goes wrong in conversations between men and women. She wrote about men who wrongly assume they know things and wrongly assume women don’t, about why this arises, and how this aspect of the gender wars works, airing some of her own hilariously awful encounters...
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The Second Sex
Simone de Beauvoir - 2011-05-03 (first published in 1949)
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Newly translated and unabridged in English for the first time, Simone de Beauvoir’s masterwork is a powerful analysis of the Western notion of “woman,” and a groundbreaking exploration of inequality and otherness.  This long-awaited new edition reinstates significant portions of the original French text that were cut in the first English translatio...
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Laura R Walker
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Feminism is for Everybody
Bell Hooks - 2000-12-19
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What is feminism?In this short, accessible primer, Bell Hooks explores the nature of feminism and its positive promise to eliminate sexism, sexist exploitation, and oppression. With her characteristic clarity and directness, Hooks encourages readers to see how feminism can touch and change their lives - to see that feminism is for everybody....
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Sally Bergesen
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I Am Malala
The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban
Malala Yousafzai - 2015-06-02 (first published in 2012)
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I come from a country that was created at midnight. When I almost died it was just after midday.When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley in Pakistan, one girl spoke out. Malala Yousafzai refused to be silenced and fought for her right to an education.On Tuesday, October 9, 2012, when she was fifteen, she almost paid the ultimate price. She ...
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A Room of One's Own
Virginia Woolf - 2018-07-11 (first published in 1929)
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A Room of One's Own is an extended essay by Virginia Woolf. First published on the 24th of October, 1929, the essay was based on a series of lectures she delivered at Newnham College and Girton College, two women's colleges at Cambridge University in October 1928. While this extended essay in fact employs a fictional narrator and narrative to explo...
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Caitlin Moran
Women, Culture & Politics by Angela Y. Davis
The Female Eunuch by Germaine Greer
Hood Feminism by Mikki Kendall
Little Leaders by Vashti Harrison
My Life on the Road by Gloria Steinem
The Vagina Monologues by Eve Ensler
Circe by Madeline Miller
Women Who Run with the Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estés
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Feminists Don't Wear Pink and Other Lies by Scarlett Curtis
The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
Dear Ijeawele Or A Feminist Manifesto by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Invisible Women by Caroline Criado Perez
Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls by Francesca Elena, Cavallo Favilli
This Bridge Called My Back by Cherríe Moraga
Redefining Realness by Janet Mock
The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
She Persisted by Chelsea Clinton
Down Girl by Kate Manne
The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur
Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
Gender Trouble by Judith Butler
The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
Women & Power by Mary Beard
This Will Be My Undoing by Morgan Jerkins
The Beauty Myth by Naomi Wolf
Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty
Women, Race, & Class by Angela Y. Davis
Ain't I a Woman by Bell Hooks
Ada Twist, Scientist by Andrea Beaty
Good and Mad by Rebecca Traister
Women in Science by Rachel Ignotofsky
Notorious RBG by Irin Carmon
In Search of Our Mothers' Gardens by Alice Walker
She Persisted Around the World by Chelsea Clinton
Revolting Prostitutes by Molly Smith
Living a Feminist Life by Sara Ahmed
I Dissent by Debbie Levy
This Little Trailblazer by Joan Holub
Headscarves and Hymens by Mona Eltahawy
Can We All Be Feminists? by June Eric-Udorie
Here We Are by Kelly Jensen
Asking For It by Louise O'Neill
Slay In Your Lane by Yomi Adegoke
Gender Outlaw by Kate Bornstein
Things a Bright Girl Can Do by Sally Nicholls
The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter
A Vindication of the Rights of Woman by Mary Wollstonecraft
Wayward Girls & Wicked Women by Angela Carter
Know My Name by Chanel Miller
Becoming by Michelle Obama
When They Call You a Terrorist by Patrisse Khan-Cullors
Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo
The Moment of Lift by Melinda Gates
Not That Bad by Roxane Gay
Eloquent Rage by Brittney Cooper
I Like Myself! by Karen Beaumont
Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls 2 by Rebel Girls
Rage Becomes Her by Soraya Chemaly
The Testaments by Margaret Atwood
Everyday Sexism by Laura Bates
Malala's Magic Pencil by Malala Yousafzai
Hunger by Roxane Gay
Strong Is the New Pretty by Kate T. Parker
Rad Women Worldwide by Kate Schatz
The Madwoman in the Attic by Sandra M. Gilbert
The Radium Girls by Kate Moore
Free to Be...You and Me by Marlo Thomas and Friends
Piggybook by Anthony Browne
Unbought and Unbossed by Shirley Chisholm
Colonize This! by Daisy Hern¿ndez
The World's Wife by Ann Duffy Carol
Art of Feminism by Helena Reckitt
Dialectic of the Flesh by Roz Kaveney
The Second Sex by Beauvoir, Simone de 1stedition [Paperback] by
A Is for Awesome! by Eva Chen
Girl Decoded by Rana el Kaliouby
Little Dreamers by Vashti Harrison
The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson
Counting With / Contando Con Frida by Patty Rodriguez by
A Computer Called Katherine by Suzanne Slade
Moving Beyond Words by Gloria Steinem
A Vindication of the Rights of Men/A Vindication of the Rights of Woman/An Historical and Moral View of the French Revolution by Mary Wollstonecraft
Furious Thing by Jenny Downham
Sexual Politics by Kate Millett
The Future is Feminist by Mallory Farrugia
Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud by Anne Helen Petersen
Fat Is A Feminist Issue [Paperback] [Feb 25, 2016] ORBACH SUSIE by Orbach Susie