The Best Books About Feminism Of All-Time

“What are the best books about Feminism?” We looked at 243 of the top Feminist books, aggregating and ranking them so we could answer that very question!

One of the very first articles we wrote on this site three years ago was on the “Best Feminist Books Of All-Time“. We decided it had been long enough that it was probably time for an updated list including books and lists released in the last few years. A lot of the same books from last time are on this list as well, but there are some new additions and some shuffling in where books have ranked.

The top 37 titles, all appearing on 2 or more “Best Best Feminism” book lists, are ranked below by how many lists they appear on. The remaining 200+ titles, as well as the lists we used are in alphabetical order at the bottom of the page.

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Top 37 Feminist Books Of All-Time



37 .) Clothes, Clothes, Clothes, Music, Music, Music, Boys, Boys, Boys by Viv Albertine

Lists It Appears On:

  • Standard
  • Stylist

The guitarist for seminal female punk group The Slits recounts playing with Sid Vicious, touring with the Clash, dating Mick Jones, inspiring “Train in Vain,” and releasing her solo debut in 2012 Viv Albertine is one of a handful of original punks who changed music, and the discourse around it, forever. Her memoir tells the story of how, through sheer will, talent, and fearlessness, she forced herself into a male-dominated industry, became part of a movement that changed music, and inspired a generation of female rockers. After forming The Flowers of Romance with Sid Vicious in 1976, Albertine joined The Slits and made musical history in one of the first generations of punk bands. The Slits would go on to serve as an inspiration to future rockers, including Kurt Cobain, Carrie Brownstein, and the Riot Grrrl movement in the 1990s. This is the story of what it was like to be a girl at the height of punk: the sex, the drugs, the guys, the tours, and being part of a brilliant pioneering group of women making musical history. Albertine recounts helping define punk fashion, struggling to find her place among the boys, and her romance with Mick Jones, including her pregnancy and subsequent abortion.

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36 .) Good Morning Midnight by Jean Rhys

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  • Standard
  • Stylist

In 1930s Paris, where one cheap hotel room is very like another, a young woman is teaching herself indifference. She has escaped personal tragedy and has come to France to find courage and seek independence. She tells herself to expect nothing, especially not kindness, least of all from men. Tomorrow, she resolves, she will dye her hair blonde.

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35 .) Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado

Lists It Appears On:

  • Auto Straddle
  • Electric literature

In Her Body and Other Parties, Carmen Maria Machado blithely demolishes the arbitrary borders between psychological realism and science fiction, comedy and horror, fantasy and fabulism. While her work has earned her comparisons to Karen Russell and Kelly Link, she has a voice that is all her own. In this electric and provocative debut, Machado bends genre to shape startling narratives that map the realities of women’s lives and the violence visited upon their bodies. A wife refuses her husband’s entreaties to remove the green ribbon from around her neck. A woman recounts her sexual encounters as a plague slowly consumes humanity. A salesclerk in a mall makes a horrifying discovery within the seams of the store’s prom dresses. One woman’s surgery-induced weight loss results in an unwanted houseguest. And in the bravura novella Especially Heinous, Machado reimagines every episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, a show we naively assumed had shown it all, generating a phantasmagoric police procedural full of doppelgangers, ghosts, and girls with bells for eyes. Earthy and otherworldly, antic and sexy, queer and caustic, comic and deadly serious, Her Body and Other Parties swings from horrific violence to the most exquisite sentiment.

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34 .) How to be Both by Ali Smith

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  • Standard
  • Stylist

Passionate, compassionate, vitally inventive and scrupulously playful, Ali Smith’s novels are like nothing else. A true original, she is a one-of-a-kind literary sensation. Her novels consistently attract serious acclaim and discussion—and have won her a dedicated readership who are drawn again and again to the warmth, humanity and humor of her voice. How to be both is a novel all about art’s versatility. Borrowing from painting’s fresco technique to make an original literary double-take, it’s a fast-moving genre-bending conversation between forms, times, truths and fictions. There’s a Renaissance artist of the 1460s. There’s the child of a child of the 1960s. Two tales of love and injustice twist into a singular yarn where time gets timeless, structural gets playful, knowing gets mysterious, fictional gets real—and all life’s givens get given a second chance. A NOTE TO THE READER: Who says stories reach everybody in the same order? This novel can be read in two ways and this book provides you with both. In half of all printed editions of the novel the narrative EYES comes before CAMERA. In the other half of printed editions the narrative CAMERA precedes EYES. The narratives are exactly the same in both versions, just in a different order. The books are intentionally printed in two different ways, so that readers can randomly have different experiences reading the same text.

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33 .) How we Get Free by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor

Lists It Appears On:

  • Charis Books And More
  • Independent

The Combahee River Collective, a group of radical black feminists, was one of the most important organizations to develop out of the anti-racist and women’s liberation movements of the 1960s and 70s. In this collection, founding members of the organization and contemporary activists reflect on the legacy of its contributions to black feminism and its impact on today’s struggles.

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32 .) Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body by Roxane Gay

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  • Auto Straddle
  • Signature Reads

From the bestselling author of Bad Feminist: a searingly honest memoir of food, weight, self-image, and learning how to feed your hunger while taking care of yourself “I ate and ate and ate in the hopes that if I made myself big, my body would be safe. I buried the girl I was because she ran into all kinds of trouble. I tried to erase every memory of her, but she is still there, somewhere. . . . I was trapped in my body, one that I barely recognized or understood, but at least I was safe.” In her phenomenally popular essays and long-running Tumblr blog, Roxane Gay has written with intimacy and sensitivity about food and body, using her own emotional and psychological struggles as a means of exploring our shared anxieties over pleasure, consumption, appearance, and health. As a woman who describes her own body as “wildly undisciplined,” Roxane understands the tension between desire and denial, between self-comfort and self-care. In Hunger, she explores her own past—including the devastating act of violence that acted as a turning point in her young life—and brings readers along on her journey to understand and ultimately save herself. With the bracing candor, vulnerability, and power that have made her one of the most admired writers of her generation, Roxane explores what it means to learn to take care of yourself: how to feed your hungers for delicious and satisfying food, a smaller and safer body, and a body that can love and be loved—in a time when the bigger you are, the smaller your world becomes.

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31 .) I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark by Debbie Levy and Elizabeth Baddeley

Lists It Appears On:

  • She Knows
  • Today

Get to know celebrated Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg—in the first picture book about her life—as she proves that disagreeing does not make you disagreeable! Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has spent a lifetime disagreeing: disagreeing with inequality, arguing against unfair treatment, and standing up for what’s right for people everywhere. This biographical picture book about the Notorious RBG, tells the justice’s story through the lens of her many famous dissents, or disagreements.

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30 .) In Search of Our Mothers’ Gardens by Alice Walker

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  • BuzzFeed
  • Charis Books And More

In this, her first collection of nonfiction, Alice Walker speaks out as a black woman, writer, mother, and feminist in thirty-six pieces ranging from the personal to the political. Among the contents are essays about other writers, accounts of the civil rights movement of the 1960s and the antinuclear movement of the 1980s, and a vivid memoir of a scarring childhood injury and her daughter’s healing words.

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29 .) Inferno by Eileen Myles

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  • Audible
  • BuzzFeed

Eileen Myles’ chronicle transmits an energy and vividness that will not soon leave its readers. Her story of a young female writer, discovering both her sexuality and her own creative drive in the meditative and raucous environment that was New York City in its punk and indie heyday, is engrossing, poignant, and funny. This is a voice from the underground that redefines the meaning of the word.

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28 .) Killing the Black Body: Race, Reproduction, and the Meaning of Liberty by Dorothy Roberts

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  • BuzzFeed
  • Charis Books And More

This is a no-holds-barred response to the liberal and conservative retreat from an assertive, activist, and socially transformative civil rights agenda of recent years–using a black feminist lens and the issue of the impact of recent legislation, social policy, and welfare “reform” on black women’s–especially poor black women’s–control over their bodies’ autonomy and their freedom to bear and raise children with respect and dignity in a society whose white mainstream is determined to demonize, even criminalize their lives. It gives its readers a cogent legal and historical argument for a radically new , and socially transformative, definition of “liberty” and “equality” for the American polity from a black feminist perspective. The author is able to combine the most innovative and radical thinking on several fronts–racial theory, feminist, and legal–to produce a work that is at once history and political treatise.

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27 .) Little Feminist by Galison and Emily Kleinman

Lists It Appears On:

  • She Knows
  • Today

Mudpuppy’s Little Feminist Board Book Set is comprised of colorful illustrated portraits of real women who have made historical impact on the world. Illustrations by Lydia Ortiz and words by Emily Kleinman introduce children to these important people in history with images that are fun for youngsters and also realistic. The Board Book Set includes 4 mini board books (Pioneers, Artists, Leaders, and Activists.)

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26 .) Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History by Vashti Harrison

Lists It Appears On:

  • She Knows
  • Today

Featuring forty trailblazing black women in American history, Little Leaders educates and inspires as it relates true stories of breaking boundaries and achieving beyond expectations. Illuminating text paired with irresistible illustrations bring to life both iconic and lesser-known female figures of Black history such as abolitionist Sojourner Truth, pilot Bessie Coleman, chemist Alice Ball, politician Shirley Chisholm, mathematician Katherine Johnson, poet Maya Angelou, and filmmaker Julie Dash. Among these biographies, readers will find heroes, role models, and everyday women who did extraordinary things – bold women whose actions and beliefs contributed to making the world better for generations of girls and women to come. Whether they were putting pen to paper, soaring through the air or speaking up for the rights of others, the women profiled in these pages were all taking a stand against a world that didn’t always accept them.

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25 .) Mean by Myriam Gurba

Lists It Appears On:

  • Auto Straddle
  • Signature Reads

Myriam Gurba’s debut is the bold and hilarious tale of her coming of age as a queer, mixed-race Chicana. Blending radical formal fluidity and caustic humor, Mean turns what might be tragic into piercing, revealing comedy. This is a confident, funny, brassy book that takes the cost of sexual assault, racism, misogyny, and homophobia deadly seriously. We act mean to defend ourselves from boredom and from those who would cut off our breasts. We act mean to defend our clubs and institutions. We act mean because we like to laugh. Being mean to boys is fun and a second-wave feminist duty. Being mean to men who deserve it is a holy mission. Sisterhood is powerful, but being mean is more exhilarating. Being mean isn’t for everybody. Being mean is best practiced by those who understand it as an art form. These virtuosos live closer to the divine than the rest of humanity.

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24 .) Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions by Gloria Steinem

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  • Bookstr
  • Charis Books And More

Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions–a phenomenal success that sold nearly half a million copies since its original publication in 1983–is Gloria Steinem’s most diverse and timeless collection of essays. Both male and female readers have acclaimed it as a witty, warm, and life-changing view of the world–“as if women mattered.” Steinem’s truly personal writing is here, from the humorous exposé “I Was a Playboy Bunny” to the moving tribute to her mother “Ruth’s Song (Because She Could Not Sing It)” to prescient essays on female genital mutilation and the difference between erotica and pornography. The satirical and hilarious “If Men Could Menstruate” alone is worth the price of admission. This second edition features a new preface by the author and added notes on classic essays.

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23 .) Sexual Politics by Kate Millett

Lists It Appears On:

  • The Atlantic
  • Wikipedia

Identifying patriarchy as a socially conditioned belief system masquerading as nature, the author demonstrates how its attitudes and systems penetrate literature, philosophy, psychology, and politics. Her work rocked the foundations of the literary canon by castigating time-honored classics for their use of sex to degrade women.

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22 .) Shrill: Notes From A Loud Woman by Lindy West

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  • Audible
  • BuzzFeed

Coming of age in a culture that demands women be as small, quiet, and compliant as possible–like a porcelain dove that will also have sex with you–writer and humorist Lindy West quickly discovered that she was anything but. From a painfully shy childhood in which she tried, unsuccessfully, to hide her big body and even bigger opinions; to her public war with stand-up comedians over rape jokes; to her struggle to convince herself, and then the world, that fat people have value; to her accidental activism and never-ending battle royale with Internet trolls, Lindy narrates her life with a blend of humor and pathos that manages to make a trip to the abortion clinic funny and wring tears out of a story about diarrhea. With inimitable good humor, vulnerability, and boundless charm, Lindy boldly shares how to survive in a world where not all stories are created equal and not all bodies are treated with equal respect, and how to weather hatred, loneliness, harassment, and loss–and walk away laughing.

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21 .) The Beauty Myth by Naomi Wolf

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  • Charis Books And More
  • The Atlantic

The bestselling classic that redefined our view of the relationship between beauty and female identity. In today’s world, women have more power, legal recognition, and professional success than ever before. Alongside the evident progress of the women’s movement, however, writer and journalist Naomi Wolf is troubled by a different kind of social control, which, she argues, may prove just as restrictive as the traditional image of homemaker and wife. It’s the beauty myth, an obsession with physical perfection that traps the modern woman in an endless spiral of hope, self-consciousness, and self-hatred as she tries to fulfill society’s impossible definition of “the flawless beauty.”

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20 .) The Colour Purple by Alice Walker

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  • Standard
  • Stylist

The Color Purple is a classic. With over a million copies sold in the UK alone, it is hailed as one of the all-time ‘greats’ of literature, inspiring generations of readers. Set in the deep American South between the wars, it is the tale of Celie, a young black girl born into poverty and segregation. Raped repeatedly by the man she calls ‘father’, she has two children taken away from her, is separated from her beloved sister Nettie and is trapped into an ugly marriage. But then she meets the glamorous Shug Avery, singer and magic-maker – a woman who has taken charge of her own destiny. Gradually, Celie discovers the power and joy of her own spirit, freeing her from her past and reuniting her with those she loves.

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19 .) The Little Book of Feminist Saints by Julia Pierpont

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  • Independent
  • Signature Reads

This inspiring, beautifully illustrated collection honors one hundred exceptional women throughout history and around the world. A Stylist Must-read Book of 2018 In this luminous volume, New York Times bestselling writer Julia Pierpont and artist Manjit Thapp match short, vibrant, and surprising biographies with stunning full-color portraits of secular female “saints” champions of strength and progress.

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18 .) The Mother of all Questions by Rebecca Solnit

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  • Independent
  • Signature Reads

In this follow-up to Men Explain Things to Me, Rebecca Solnit offers commentary on women who refuse to be silenced, misogynistic violence, the fragile masculinity of the literary canon, the gender binary, the recent history of rape jokes, and much more.

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17 .) The Subjection of Women by John Stuart Mill

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  • The Daily Idea
  • Wikipedia

John Mill disagrees with the argument that women are naturally less good at some things than men, and should therefore be discouraged or forbidden from doing them. Mill Thought that men simply don’t know what women are capable of, because we have never let them try – nobody can not make a statement without evidence. We can’t stop women from trying things because they might not be able to do them. An argument based on speculative physiology is just that, speculation…

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16 .) The Vagina Monologues by Eve Ensler

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  • Bookstr
  • Stylist

I decided to talk to women about their vaginas, to do vagina interviews, which became vagina monologues…At first women were reluctant to talk. They were a little shy. But once they got going, you couldn’t stop them. Women secretly love to talk about their vaginas. They get very excited, mainly because no one’s ever asked them before.

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15 .) This Bridge Called My Back: Writings By Radical Women of Color by Cherríe Moraga and Gloria E. Anzaldúa

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  • BuzzFeed
  • Charis Books And More

This groundbreaking collection reflects an uncompromised definition of feminism by women of color. Through personal essays, criticism, interviews, testimonials, poetry, and visual art, the collection explores, as coeditor Cherríe Moraga writes, “the complex confluence of identities—race, class, gender, and sexuality—systemic to women of color oppression and liberation.”

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14 .) We Are Never Meeting in Real Life: Essays by Samantha Irby

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  • Auto Straddle
  • Signature Reads

Sometimes you just have to laugh, even when life is a dumpster fire. With We Are Never Meeting in Real Life., “bitches gotta eat” blogger and comedian Samantha Irby turns the serio-comic essay into an art form. Whether talking about how her difficult childhood has led to a problem in making “adult” budgets, explaining why she should be the new Bachelorette–she’s “35-ish, but could easily pass for 60-something”–detailing a disastrous pilgrimage-slash-romantic-vacation to Nashville to scatter her estranged father’s ashes, sharing awkward sexual encounters, or dispensing advice on how to navigate friendships with former drinking buddies who are now suburban moms–hang in there for the Costco loot–she’s as deft at poking fun at the ghosts of her past self as she is at capturing powerful emotional truths.

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13 .) Women, Race, & Class by Angela Davis

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  • Charis Books And More
  • The Odyssey Online

A powerful study of the women’s movement in the U.S. from abolitionist days to the present that demonstrates how it has always been hampered by the racist and classist biases of its leaders.

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12 .) A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf

Lists It Appears On:

  • Charis Books And More
  • Kettle Mag
  • The Atlantic

A Room of One’s Own is considered Virginia Woolf’s most powerful feminist essay, justifying the need for women to possess intellectual freedom and financial independence. Based on a lecture given at Girton College, Cambridge, the essay is one of the great feminist polemics, ranging in its themes from Jane Austen and Charlotte Bronte to the silent fate of Shakespeare’s gifted (imaginary) sister and the effects of poverty and sexual constraint on female creativity.

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11 .) A Vindication of the Rights of Woman

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  • Charis Books And More
  • Kettle Mag
  • Wikipedia

Writing in an age when the call for the rights of man had brought revolution to America and France, Mary Wollstonecraft produced her own declaration of female independence in 1792. Passionate and forthright, A Vindication of the Rights of Woman attacked the prevailing view of docile, decorative femininity, and instead laid out the principles of emancipation: an equal education for girls and boys, an end to prejudice, and for women to become defined by their profession, not their partner.

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10 .) The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

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  • BuzzFeed
  • Kettle Mag
  • Signature Reads

Offred and the other Ha Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead. She may leave the home of the Commander and his wife once a day to walk to food markets whose signs are now pictures instead of words because women are no longer allowed to read. She must lie on her back once a month and pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, because in an age of declining births, Offred and the other Handmaids are valued only if their ovaries are viable. Offred can remember the years before, when she lived and made love with her husband, Luke; when she played with and protected her daughter; when she had a job, money of her own, and access to knowledge. But all of that is gone now…

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9 .) Gender Trouble by Judith Butler

Lists It Appears On:

  • Audible
  • Charis Books And More
  • The Odyssey Online
  • Wikipedia

Since its publication in 1990, Gender Trouble has become one of the key works of contemporary feminist theory, and an essential work for anyone interested in the study of gender, queer theory, or the politics of sexuality in culture. This is the text where Judith Butler began to advance the ideas that would go on to take life as “performativity theory,” as well as some of the first articulations of the possibility for subversive gender practices, and she writes in her preface to the 10th anniversary edition released in 1999 that one point of Gender Trouble was “not to prescribe a new gendered way of life […] but to open up the field of possibility for gender […]” Widely taught, and widely debated, Gender Trouble continues to offer a powerful critique of heteronormativity and of the function of gender in the modern world.

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8 .) Men Explain Things to Me by Rebecca Solnit

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  • Audible
  • Bustle
  • BuzzFeed
  • Charis Books And More

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. She ends on a serious note— because the ultimate problem is the silencing of women who have something to say, including those saying things like, “He’s trying to kill me!” This book features that now-classic essay with six perfect complements, including an examination of the writer Virginia Woolf ’s embrace of mystery, of not knowing, of doubt and ambiguity, a highly original inquiry into marriage equality, and a terrifying survey of the scope of contemporary violence against women.

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7 .) We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

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  • Audible
  • Bustle
  • BuzzFeed
  • Charis Books And More

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 the same name—by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, the award-winning author of Americanah and Half of a Yellow Sun. With humor and levity, here Adichie offers readers a unique definition of feminism for the twenty-first century—one rooted in inclusion and awareness. She shines a light not only on blatant discrimination, but also the more insidious, institutional behaviors that marginalize women around the world, in order to help readers of all walks of life better understand the often masked realities of sexual politics. Throughout, she draws extensively on her own experiences—in the U.S., in her native Nigeria, and abroad—offering an artfully nuanced explanation of why the gender divide is harmful for women and men, alike. Argued in the same observant, witty and clever prose that has made Adichie a bestselling novelist, here is one remarkable author’s exploration of what it means to be a woman today—and an of-the-moment rallying cry for why we should all be feminists.

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6 .) Feminism Is for Everybody: Passionate Politics by bell hooks

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  • Audible
  • Bookstr
  • Charis Books And More
  • The Atlantic
  • The Daily Idea

Acclaimed cultural critic bell hooks offers an open-hearted and welcoming vision of gender, sexuality, and society in this inspiring and accessible volume. In engaging and provocative style, bell hooks introduces a popular theory of feminism rooted in common sense and the wisdom of experience. Hers is a vision of a beloved community that appeals to all those committed to equality, mutual respect, and justice. hooks applies her critical analysis to the most contentious and challenging issues facing feminists today, including reproductive rights, violence, race, class, and work. With her customary insight and unsparing honesty, hooks calls for a feminism free from barriers but rich with rigorous debate. In language both eye-opening and optimistic, hooks encourages us to demand alternatives to patriarchal, racist, and homophobic culture, and to imagine a different future.

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5 .) How to Be a Woman by Caitlin Moran

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  • Audible
  • Bustle
  • Kettle Mag
  • Stylist
  • The Atlantic

Though they have the vote and the Pill and haven’t been burned as witches since 1727, life isn’t exactly a stroll down the catwalk for modern women. They are beset by uncertainties and questions: Why are they supposed to get Brazilians? Why do bras hurt? Why the incessant talk about babies? And do men secretly hate them? Caitlin Moran interweaves provocative observations on women’s lives with laugh-out-loud funny scenes from her own, from adolescence to her development as a writer, wife, and mother.

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4 .) The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir

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  • Bookstr
  • Charis Books And More
  • Kettle Mag
  • The Atlantic
  • The Daily Idea
  • Wikipedia

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 translation. Vital and groundbreaking, Beauvoir’s pioneering and impressive text remains as pertinent today as it was sixty years ago, and will continue to provoke and inspire generations of men and women to come.

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3 .) The Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedan

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  • Bookstr
  • Charis Books And More
  • The Atlantic
  • The Atlantic
  • The Daily Idea
  • Wikipedia

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 them in the home. Writing in a time when the average woman first married in her teens and 60 percent of women students dropped out of college to marry, Betty Friedan captured the frustrations and thwarted ambitions of a generation and showed women how they could reclaim their lives. Part social chronicle, part manifesto, The Feminine Mystique is filled with fascinating anecdotes and interviews as well as insights that continue to inspire.

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2 .) Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde

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  • Audible
  • BuzzFeed
  • Charis Books And More
  • Electric literature
  • The Atlantic
  • The Odyssey Online

A collection of fifteen essays written between 1976 and 1984 gives clear voice to Audre Lorde’s literary and philosophical personae. These essays explore and illuminate the roots of Lorde’s intellectual development and her deep-seated and longstanding concerns about ways of increasing empowerment among minority women writers and the absolute necessity to explicate the concept of difference—difference according to sex, race, and economic status. The title Sister Outsider finds its source in her poetry collection The Black Unicorn (1978). These poems and the essays in Sister Outsider stress Lorde’s oft-stated theme of continuity, particularly of the geographical and intellectual link between Dahomey, Africa, and her emerging self.

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1 .) Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay

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  • Audible
  • Bustle
  • BuzzFeed
  • Charis Books And More
  • Electric literature
  • The Odyssey Online

Pink is my favorite color. I used to say my favorite color was black to be cool, but it is pink—all shades of pink. If I have an accessory, it is probably pink. I read Vogue, and I’m 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 journey of her evolution as a woman of color while also taking readers on a ride through culture of the last few years and commenting on the state of feminism today. The portrait that emerges is not only one of an incredibly insightful woman continually growing to understand herself and our society, but also one of our culture. Bad Feminist is a sharp, funny, and spot-on look at the ways in which the culture we consume becomes who we are, and an inspiring call-to-arms of all the ways we still need to do better.

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The 200+ Additional Best Books For And About Feminism



 

# Books Authors Lists
(Books Appear On 1 List Each)
38 A Disability History of the United States Kim E. Nielsen BuzzFeed
39 A Good Time To Be A Girl Helena Morrissey Independent
40 A House Full of Females
Signature Reads
41 A Is for Activist’ She Knows
42 A Lady Has the Floor: Belva Lockwood Speaks Out for Women’s Rights Kate Hannigan Today
43 Ada Twist, Scientist Andrea Beaty Today
44 Ada’s Ideas Fiona Robinson Today
45 Against Our Will Susan Brownmiller Kettle Mag
46 Alabama Spitfire: The Story of Harper Lee and ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ Bethany Hegedus Today
47 Alias Grace
Signature Reads
48 An American Marriage Tayari Jones
Electric literature
49
Anesthesia: The Gift of Oblivion and the Mystery of Consciousness
Signature Reads
50 Anne of Green Gables Lucy Maud Montgomery Stylist
51 Assata Audible
52 Babygate: How to Survive Pregnancy and Parenting in the Workplace Dina Bakst, Phoebe Taubman, and Elizabeth Gedmark Bustle
53 Beautiful Stacy McAnulty Today
54 Beloved Toni Morrison Stylist
55 Betty Before X Ilyasah Shabazz & Renée Watson
Electric literature
56 Big Little Lies
Signature Reads
57 Bitch Doctrine Laurie Penny Independent
58 Black Feminist Thought Wikipedia
59
Black Girl Dangerous on Race, Queerness, Class and Gender
Charis Books And More
60 Black Wave Michelle Tea BuzzFeed
61 Bliss and Other Stories Katharine Mansfield Stylist
62 Blood Poems Eliana Wong
The Odyssey Online
63
Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza, Fourth Edition
Charis Books And More
64 Born with Teeth Audible
65 Brave Rose McGowan Independent
66 Burial Rites Hannah Kent Stylist
67
But Some of Us Are Brave: Black Women’s Studies
Charis Books And More
68 C is for Consent’ She Knows
69 Cannibal Safiya Sinclair
Electric literature
70 Charlotte the Scientist is Squished Camille Andros Today
71 Chelsea Girls Eileen Myles Standard
72 Chicana Feminist Thought Alma M. Garcia
The Odyssey Online
73 Citizen Claudia Rankine BuzzFeed
74
Colonize This!: Young Women of Color on Today’s Feminism
Charis Books And More
75
Cunt: A Declaration of Independence
Charis Books And More
76 Daughters Who Walk This Path Yejide Kilanko Book Riot
77 Dear Girl Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Paris Rosenthal Today
78 Dear Ijeawele: A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Independent
79
Dear Sisters: Dispatches from the Women’s Liberation Movement
Charis Books And More
80 Deeds Not Words: The Story of Women’s Rights, Then and Now Helen Pankhurst Independent
81 Delusions of Gender Audible
82 Devotions
Signature Reads
83 Dragon Ladies: Asian American Feminists Breathe Fire Sonia Shah BuzzFeed
84 Electric Arches
Signature Reads
85
Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan Novels
Stylist
86 Elizabeth Leads the Way’ She Knows
87 Emma Jane Austen Stylist
88
Every Day Is a Good Day: Reflections by Contemporary Indigenous Women
Electric literature
89 Everything Good Will Come Sefi Atta Book Riot
90 Fear of Flying Erica Jong Five Books
91
Feminism and the Mastery of Nature
Wikipedia
92
Feminism in Our Time: The Essential Writings, World War II to the Present
Charis Books And More
93
Feminism Unfinished: A Short, Surprising History of American Women’s Movements
Charis Books And More
94
Feminism Without Borders: Decolonizing Theory, Practicing Solidarity
Charis Books And More
95 Feminism: A Very Short Introduction Margaret Walters The Daily Idea
96
Feminism: The Essential Historical Writings
Charis Books And More
97 Feminist Baby Finds Her Voice Loryn Brantz Today
98 Feminist Baby’ She Knows
99 Feminist Theory: A Philosophical Anthology Ann Cudd & Andreasen The Daily Idea
100 Feminist Thought: A More Comprehensive Introduction Rosemarie Tong The Daily Idea
101 Feminist, Queer, Crip Alison Kafer BuzzFeed
102 Frankenstein: The 1818 Text
Signature Reads
103
Freedom Is a Constant Struggle
Audible
104 Freshwater Akwaeke Emezi Book Riot
105
Full Frontal Feminism: A Young Woman’s Guide to Why Feminism Matters
Charis Books And More
106
Gender & Sexuality for Beginners
Charis Books And More
107 Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls 2 Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo Today
108 Grace for President Kelly DiPucchio Today
109 Gyn/Ecology Wikipedia
110 Half of a Yellow Sun Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Book Riot
111
Home Girls: A Black Feminist Anthology
Charis Books And More
112 Hotel du Lac Anita Brookner Stylist
113 How to Build a Girl Caitlin Moran Bustle
114 I Am An Emotional Creature Eve Ensler Stylist
115 I Am Enough Grace Byers Today
116 I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Thoughts On Being a Woman Nora Ephron Stylist
117 I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings Maya Angelou Stylist
118 I’m Judging You Luvvie Ajayi BuzzFeed
119 I’m Just a Person Audible
120 In a Different Voice Wikipedia
121 Infidel Ayaan Hirsi Ali Kettle Mag
122 Into the Go-Slow Bridgett M. Davis Bustle
123
Introducing Feminism: A Graphic Guide
Charis Books And More
124
Jane Austen, the Secret Radical
Signature Reads
125 Jane Eyre Charlotte Brontë Kettle Mag
126 Joan Procter, Dragon Doctor Patricia Valdez Today
127 Lean In Sheryl Sandberg Standard
128 Letters Written During a Short Residence in Sweden, Norway, and Denmark Mary Wollstonecraft Stylist
129 Living a Feminist Life Sara Ahmed Auto Straddle
130 Lucía the Luchadora’ She Knows
131 Mae Among the Stars Roda Ahmed Today
132 Malala’s Magic Pencil Malala Yousafzai Today
133 Man Made Language’ Dale Spender Standard
134
Manifesta [10th Anniversary Edition]: Young Women, Feminism, and the Future
Charis Books And More
135 More Than Medicine: A History of the Feminist Women’s Health Movement Jennifer Nelson BuzzFeed
136 Mrs Dalloway Virginia Woolf Five Books
137
Nasty Women: Feminism, Resistance, and Revolution in Trump’s America
Signature Reads
138 Native Tongue Suzette Haden Elgin BuzzFeed
139 Negroland Audible
140 No Mexicans, Women, or Dogs Allowed: The Rise of the Mexican American Civil Rights Movement Cynthia Orozco BuzzFeed
141 On Black Sisters Street Chika Unigwe Book Riot
142 On Intersectionality Kimberlé Crenshaw
The Odyssey Online
143
On Lies, Secrets, and Silence: Selected Prose, 1966-1978
Charis Books And More
144 Paid For: My Journey Through Prostitution’ Rachel Moran Standard
145 Pin it! She Knows
146 Pornography: Men Possessing Women Andrea Dworkin Kettle Mag
147 Pride Ibi Zoboi
Electric literature
148 Princesses Wear Pants Savannah Guthrie and Allison Oppenheim Today
149
Pro: Reclaiming Abortion Rightsby Katha Pollitt
Bustle
150 Purple Hibiscus Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Book Riot
151 Rad American Women A – Z’ She Knows
152 Rad Girls Can
Signature Reads
153
Radical Reproductive Justice: Foundation, Theory, Practice, Critique
Charis Books And More
154 Reading Lolita in Tehran Azar Nafisi
The Odyssey Online
155 Redefining Realness Janet Mock BuzzFeed
156 Savage Coast Muriel Rukeyser Stylist
157 Scary Old Sex Arlene Hayman Stylist
158 Scribble Scribble Nora Ephon Stylist
159 Second Class Citizen Buchi Emecheta Book Riot
160 Sex Object Jessica Valenti BuzzFeed
161 Sex Workers Unite Melinda Chateauvert
The Odyssey Online
162 Shaking Things Up: 14 Young Women Who Changed the World Susan Hood and 13 illustrators Today
163 She Persisted Around the World Chelsea Clinton Today
164 She Persisted’ She Knows
165 Sing, Unburied, Sing Jesmyn Ward Auto Straddle
166 Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America Melissa Harris-Perry BuzzFeed
167 Sour Heart Jenny Zhang Auto Straddle
168 Spinning Tillie Walden Auto Straddle
169 Stay With Me Ayobami Adebayo Book Riot
170 Stone Butch Blues Leslie Feinberg BuzzFeed
171 The Abramson Effect Debora Spar Bustle
172 The Age of Innocence Edith Wharton Stylist
173 The Argonauts Audible
174 The Ballroom Anna Hope Stylist
175 The Black Notebooks: An Interior Journey Toi Derricotte BuzzFeed
176 The Book of Joan
Signature Reads
177 The Caged Virgin: An Emancipation Proclamation for Women and Islam Ayaan Hirsi Ali Bookstr
178 The Collected Poems of Lucille Clifton Lucille Clifton The Atlantic
179
The Complete Collected Poems of Maya Angelou
Bustle
180 The Country Girls Edna O’ Brien Stylist
181 The Creation of Patriarchy Wikipedia
182 The Crunk Feminist Collection
Charis Books And More
183
The Customer is Always Wrong
Signature Reads
184 The Dialectic of Sex Wikipedia
185
The Essential Feminist Reader
Charis Books And More
186 The Eye of the Reindeer Eva Weaver Stylist
187 The Guy’s Guide to Feminism
Charis Books And More
188 The H Spot: the Feminist Pursuit of Happiness Jill Filipovic Independent
189 The Lie Tree Frances Hardinge Stylist
190 The Longings of Women Marge Piercy Stylist
191
The Macho Paradox: Why Some Men Hurt Women and How All Men Can Help
Charis Books And More
192 The Man Without A Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin Masha Gessen BuzzFeed
193 The Millstone Margaret Drabble Stylist
194 The Odyssey
Signature Reads
195 The One Hundred Nights of Hero Isabel Greenberg Stylist
196
The Origin of the Family, Private Property and the State
Wikipedia
197 The Origins of Totalitarianism Hannah Arendt BuzzFeed
198 The Politics of Reality Wikipedia
199 The Power
Signature Reads
200 The Princess Diarist
Signature Reads
201
The Secret History of Wonder Womanby Jill Lepore
Bustle
202 The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives Lola Shoneyin Book Riot
203 The Sexual Contract Wikipedia
204
The Sisters Are Alright: Changing the Broken Narrative of Black Women in America
Charis Books And More
205 The Terror Dream Susan Faludi Five Books
206 The War on Women Sue Lloyd Roberts Stylist
207 The Wife Drought Annabel Crabb Bustle
208 The Woman Warrior Maxine Hong Kingston The Atlantic
209 The Women’s Room Marilyn French Five Books
210 Their Eyes Were Watching God Zora Neale Hurston Stylist
211
There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyoncé
Signature Reads
212 Therese Raquin Emile Zola Kettle Mag
213 This Little Trailblazer’ She Knows
214 This Will Be My Undoing Audible
215 Throwing Like a Girl Wikipedia
216 To My Trans Sisters edited Charlie Craggs Auto Straddle
217 Too Much and Not in the Mood Durga Chew-Bose Auto Straddle
218
Toward a Feminist Theory of the State
Wikipedia
219 Tracks
Signature Reads
220
Transfeminist Perspectives in and beyond Transgender and Gender Studies
Charis Books And More
221 Travels with Myself and Another: A Memoir Martha Gellhorn Stylist
222 Under the Udala Trees Chinelo Okparanta Book Riot
223 Vagina Naomi Wolfe Bustle
224 We Were Feminists Once Andi Zeisler BuzzFeed
225 Wetlands Charlotte Roche Five Books
226 What It Means When A Man Falls from the Sky Lesley Nneka Arimah
Electric literature
227 What Will It Take to Make a Woman President Marianne Schnall Bustle
228
When Chickenheads Come Home to Roost: A Hip-Hop Feminist Breaks It Down
Charis Books And More
229
When They Call You a Terrorist
Audible
230
Whipping Girl: A Transsexual Woman on Sexism and the Scapegoating of Femininity
Charis Books And More
231 Wild: A Journey from Lost to Found Cheryl Strayed Stylist
232
Witches, Sluts, Feminists: Conjuring the Sex Positive
Charis Books And More
233 Woman, Native, Other Trinh T. Minh-ha
The Odyssey Online
234 Women and Power: A Manifesto Mary Beard Independent
235 Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World Rachel Ignotofsky Today
236 Women’s Libation!
Signature Reads
237
Words of Fire: An Anthology of African-Americanfeminist Thought
Charis Books And More
238
Yell-Oh Girls!: Emerging Voices Explore Culture, Identity, and Growing Up Asian American
Charis Books And More
239 Yes Please Amy Poehler Bustle
240 You Can’t Touch My Hair Audible
241
You Play the Girl: On Playboy Bunnies, Stepford Wives, Train Wrecks, & Other Mixed Messages
Signature Reads
242 You’ll Grow Out of It Audible
243
Zami: A New Spelling of My Name
Stylist


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Audible Women’s History Month 2018: Intersectional Feminism Audiobooks …
Auto Straddle The Top 10 Queer and Feminist Books of 2017 | Autostraddle
Book Riot 10 Books by Nigerian Authors with Feminist Themes – Book Riot
Bookstr Essential Books on Feminism | Bookstr
Bustle 15 Feminist Books to Read In 2015 to Help You Stay Passionate All Year
BuzzFeed 27 Books Every Woman In America Should Read – BuzzFeed
Charis Books And More Feminism is For Everybody | Charis Books & More and Charis Circle
Electric literature 9 Books to Expand Your Idea of What Feminism Looks Like
Five Books The Best Books on Feminism | Five Books
Independent 10 best new non-fiction feminist books | The Independent
Kettle Mag Top Ten Best Books About Feminism Out There | Student journalism …
She Knows The Best Kids Books for Baby Feminists – SheKnows
Signature Reads 24 Best Books to Gift to the Strong Feminist in Your Life – Signature …
Standard Best feminist books: The essential reads picked by female authors and …
Stylist The most empowering feminist books: 35 women pick their favourite …
The Atlantic A Reading List of One’s Own: 10 Essential Feminist Books – The Atlantic
The Daily Idea The Seven Best Books on Feminism – The Daily Idea
The Odyssey Online 10 Must-Read Books to Expand Your Feminism – Odyssey
Today The best feminist children’s books for girls to get online – TODAY.com
Wikipedia List of feminist literature – Wikipedia

 

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