The protagonist in the story is a lonely, dissatisfied housewife of a prominent doctor. Picking up where Sisterhood is Powerful left off, Sisterhood is Forever is a collection of 60 original essays by leading feminists — all about where the feminist movement has gone, what it has done well and what could have been done better, and where we go from here. Anything by Audre Lorde should be required reading for the intersectional feminist. A classic of feminist fiction, The Handmaid’s Tale tells the story of Offred, a woman treated as nothing more than breeding stock by an oppressive, fundamentalist society. What I found most central to the book was a realisation that accepted prejudiced practices of society classify something or someone without objective understanding, in order to trap us into its narrative. Feminism is a movement and a framework for activism, but it’s also a source of inspiration, a springboard for creativity, and a prompt to look at neglected areas of history. Contributors include important feminist writers such as Naomi Littlebear Morena, Audre Lorde, Barbara Smith and the Combahee River Collective. Written by “a self-described nonbinary transfeminine diesel femme dyke”, Gender Outlaw is a radical work on gender, trans rights and feminism that encourages every reader to question society’s binary view of sex and gender. Zadie Smith is a brilliant, gorgeous, elegant, unforgettable writer and indomitable feminist, and in this quote she is particularly prescient. Good Housekeeping participates in various affiliate marketing programs, which means we may get paid commissions on editorially chosen products purchased through our links to retailer sites. Want to know what feminism means to your favorite celebrities? That’s why feminist author and cultural critic bell hooks set out in 2000 to create an educational text for those whose understanding of feminism comes from passing TV references and outdated ideas about “feminazis.” A passionate treatise for the lay-feminist, hooks explains and examines inclusive feminism and the practical application of it in a way that is both entertaining and informative. It offers an in-depth look into the search for self and womanhood. There was an error while trying to send your request. Fueled by past memories of a much better life with her family, she risks it all trying to gain back her independence and fight against the oppressive patriarchal regime currently occupying the United States government. Feminism is not just a word but a feeling in itself. The High Caste Hindu Woman by Pandita Ramabai. Read this poignant novel and then give it to your little sister. And to make it easier, we have curated a list of books that can help you understand the essence of feminism better. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is a writer that I seriously cannot get enough of these days, and her latest title, Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions, is a quick, essential, cannot-miss feminist read. For the past few years she has been blowing up on the scene as a writer, film critic, and feminist, and now she has written a dream anthem for the 21st century American woman. In this classic of first-wave feminism, Mary Wollstonecraft made the argument that women deserved the same rights as men, including equal education – a fairly controversial statement in 1792. With personal anecdotes, and a whole bunch of cultural awareness, she unpacks the meaning behind ‘power’ as we perceive it today. Though she is faced with abuse and hardship, she keeps hope alive that she will one day see her sister in Africa again. This mid-century novel in four sections follows the main character's four different notebooks in which she compartmentalizes the central issues of her life. 7. On Intersectionality is a collection of Crenshaw’s writings, with a new introduction by the author that clarifies this groundbreaking feminist framework. Mikki Kendall highlights not only the basic needs of feminism but quality education, food insecurity, a living wage, safe neighbourhood etc. I love Lindy West. Looking at several different women, all of whom have been dismissed as being ‘too [something]’, Petersen considers why women are so often told to be ‘less’. The author talks about how to have a fairer world with happier men and happier women. Young Women of Color on Today’s Feminism, Revolting Prostitutes: The Fight for Sex Workers’ Rights, The Minority Body: A Theory of Disability, Angela Carter’s Book of Wayward Girls and Wicked Women, 10 Recent Nonfiction Books About Feminism, 10 Feminist Books to Help Dismantle the Patriarchy. Share this list. Quite made a mark in the history of feminism, this book was originally published in Paris and then was translated into forty different languages. Even in the 19th century, badass ladies like Charlotte Perkins Gillman showed us how to surreptitiously undermine and resist unbalanced gendered roles and patriarchal nonsense. Why Do We Observe Intersex Day Of Remembrance? Called Reflect and Resist, this fifth action aims to explore the complex history of the feminist movement — its successes as well as some of its challenges, specifically those regarding inclusivity and intersectionality. Amanda Lovelace's series of poems about resilience and being bold will inspire you to own your truth and story. Being a feminist means believing in and advocating for the equality of women. Heralding straight from the second-wave feminist movement — which began in the 1960s and focused on issues of domestic violence and sexual assault — Kate Millett’s 1969 title, Sexual Politics, looks at the many subtle ways patriarchal norms infiltrate daily life, from its influence in literature and politics to psychology and domestic life, arguing that the patriarchy is, first and foremost, a system of socially-accepted beliefs that women don’t just suffer from, but are sometimes unconsciously complacent in. Sometimes they’re much longer, for better or for worse. Of course, with so many new books coming out every day, it can be difficult to know which ones deserve a place on our immediate "need to read" list. In this book of essays, Rebecca Solnit talks about what goes on in conversations between men and women, especially when men think they know more. Tumultuous times, tough situations, excruciating heart breaks, demanding society norms and yet Puro, the woman protagonist of the story, does the best she could. It’s a difficult read, but one that critiques what Crispin considers today’s watered-down version of feminism — one that she does not think challenges the status quo nearly as much as is demanded. Her first book, Headscarves and Hymens, challenges religious misogyny in the Middle East and the complacency of feminist movements in the West. Comprehensive, scholarly, and readable, The American Women's Movement, 1945-2000: A Brief History with Documents by Nancy MacLean traces the American feminist movement from the years after World War II to the new millennium, with the aim of sharing the diverse array of voices of women of all ages, classes, and ethnicities that have been present throughout the history of the movement, and the vast breadth of issues and causes that feminist women have dedicated themselves to for generations—from wage discrimination and domestic life, to sexuality and reproductive rights, to welfare, education, violence against women, and more. Feminism is a movement which is not for one person. Young women, especially unmarried ones, either do not want to associate with the term or are expected to steer clear of it. A quintessential lesbian coming-of-age story, Rubyfruit Jungle is a novelised telling of Rita Mae Brown’s own experiences as a young lesbian leaving home and setting out as a filmmaker.