So, you want to be a feminist? You’ve come to the right place. There’s no better way to get educated, get angry, get inspired, and get impassioned than by cracking open a book.
Each of the novels, memoirs, and essay collections will draw you in with quality writing and even more compelling stories. These are books that give time to the stories, lives, and truths of women. Each is worth a read, and then worth buying for all your friends to read, too. Because once you’ve awakened, there’s no going back.
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Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud: The Rise and Reign of the Unruly Woman(2017)
By Anne Helen Petersen
Too slutty. Too loud. Too brash. Some of the most inspiring, influential women in history have been affixed with the adjective “too.” Anne Helen Petersen, known for her deeply insightful articles about the culture of celebrity at Buzzfeed, applies her signature mixture of academic writing and culture writing to study these women, ranging from Nicki Minaj to Lena Dunham to Kim Kardashian. Long live the too unruly.
By Daphne DuMaurier
Rebecca is a feminist novel that’s proto-feminist. It’s a thriller about marriage that’s proto- Gone Girl. And it’s a book that will make you think about the myths of womanhood, of female rivalries, and of marriage, while keeping you glued to the page. In the book, an unnamed narrator meets and falls in love with a rich older man while on vacation in Monaco. She accompanies him back to his large estate, Manderly, where the presence of his dead wife, Rebecca, still occupies an outsized presence. The narrator has to carve out a space for herself, now, which will not be an easy feat.
Backwards and in Heels(2017)
By Alicia Malone
Anyone interested in the history of Hollywood will be fascinated by Malone’s holistic look at the women trailblazers scattered along the road from the Silent Age of Hollywood to the #MeToo moment.
Women Who Run With the Wolves(1992)
By Clarissa Pinkola Estés
In this fascinating book, Estés examines different archetypes of women found in worldwide mythology. Estés is mainly interested in the wild woman, the woman who “represents the instinctual nature of women” — both how she has been represented in folklore and history, and how we can get in touch with the wildness that still beats within us.
Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America(2013)
By Melissa Harris-Perry
The media environment shapes how we perceive ourselves in the world. In this fascinating book, Harris-Perry examines the way persistent and damaging representations have affected Black women’s senses of selves. Harris-Perry speaks to survivors of Hurricane Katrina to the First Lady, and provides ample literary analysis and political theory, all in the effort of weaving together an interpretation of how black women have been marginalized by mainstream media.
Teaching My Mother How to Give Birth(2011)
By Warsan Shire
Shire’s conversational, sensual, beautiful poetry will touch you in …read more