Top 10 Feminist Books Everyone Should Read : Feminism is a collection of movements and ideologies aimed at defining, establishing and defending equal political, economic and social justice for women. A fundamental concept underlying feminism is that women are an oppressed group, a reality that feminism seeks to highlight and fight against
Books on feminism and women’s experience reflect how diverse women’s experiences around the world truly are. Whether you are looking to learn more about women’s movement around the world, or just interested in good storytelling, here is our list with top picks for you.
1. Under the Udala trees – Chinelo Okparanta
In this novel, the author Chinelo Okparanta tells the story of Ijeoma, the background of this story is set upon during and after the Nigerian Civil war. After getting feeling for another girl, Ijeoma comes to terms with her sexuality and herself in a society unwilling to accept her and her truth.
9. We Should All Be Feminists – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
This short essay is adapted version, taken from the author’s TEDx talk, this personal essay highlights the definition of feminism in today’s world, the integral importance of inclusivity and awareness, challenging and understanding. This is pocket-size articulation why feminism should be supported by everyone.
8. I am Malala – Malala Yousafzai
A true inspiration, Malala Yousafzai stands for free, quality and safe education of women worldwide. Co-written by Christina Lamb, this book an eye-opening look into gender discrimination and female rights across multiple societies.
7. Feminist Don’t Wear Pink and Other Lies- Scarlett Curtis
Curated by Scarlett Curtis, it is an essay collection of some of our most celebrated women. Even UN goodwill ambassador Emma Watson and other activists each take a turn in exploring their own meaning of feminism. This book has a bit of everything from digestible feminism history to quick and angry poems on female masturbation.
6. The Second Sex- Simone De Beauvoir
It is a must-read book for everyone. This book is an analysis of what being a women means, the author also examines of being ‘other’ and the inequality comes with it.
5. Handmaid’s Tale- Marget Atwood
This dystopian novel, explore powers and gender through the Offred, a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead. In Gilead Handmaid are valued for the power to reproduce and are assigned to the rich families to give them children. This novel draws inspiration from multiple communities around the world where atrocities and violations have occurred.
4. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings- Maya Angelou
This is the first book in Maya Angelou’s 7 part autobiography series, this book tells the story of the poet and activist’s early life. An exploration of the identity through the eyes of a young black woman in America, it tackles harrowing and extremely challenging topics with grace and intelligence, showing how literacy can change your aspects of life.
3. Women And Power- Mary Beard
Mary Beard in this novel traces women in history from mansplaining to medusa and discusses the agenda of women and power.
2. A Room Of One’s Own- Virginia Wolf
This 1929 essay highlighted the need for both literal and figurative space for women in literature and she called out the failures that stifled the women creators at that time.
1. The Last Girl: My Story of Captivity and Fight Against Islamic State- Nadia Murad
Author Nadia Murad tells her story of being taken captive by Islamic State militants and her narrow escape. The author won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2018 and have dedicated her life for survivors of sexual assault and persecuted minority groups including her own community Yazidi.