5 Books Every Feminist Should Read

5 Books Every Feminist Should Read


I got really into reading feminist literature after a summer internship with an organization in Detroit, Michigan, called Alternatives for Girls. This organization offered programming, resources, and even shelter for at-risk girls and young women in the community. I learned a lot about myself as a feminist through this experience. I learned just how important it is to fight for social justice issues from a feminist perspective. Most of all, I learned how empowering it is to be a woman, and how to empower others. Here are five great feminist books that will inspire, empower, and teach you more about yourself.

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1. Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay

This book is a collection of essays that explores the ups and downs of being a feminist. She’s funny and witty while reminding everyone of the important aspects of being a feminist in today’s society.

2. We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Adichie will always be one of the most influential speakers and writers that I’ve encountered. The book was inspired by a very popular TED Talk she gave a few years ago. She discusses sexuality, politics, love, advocacy, and a real definition of what it means to be a woman.

3. Men Explain Things To Me by Rebecca Solnit →

I actually haven’t read this one yet, but it’s sitting on my shelf. I’ve heard raving reviews about it from friends and colleagues. Solint uncovers the harsh truths of the disparities between men and women, specifically in the way we converse. She’s a renowned feminist writer and this quick read does not disappoint in the category.

4. Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde

Lorde is one of the authors I fell in love with during my internship that summer. She’s poetic and strong-willed and writes the most breathtaking words. This collection is one of her most inspiring feminist works and I highly recommend the read.

5. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

This one is a little different than the others on the list. First, it’s a fictional story. Second, it’s about the repression and obstacles facing women in the story because of how society has run its course.

Related: 5 Books That Will Help You Figure Out How to Adult in College



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