Something on feminism I must read…
Woman on the Edge of Time by Marge Piercy.
Bridget Jones. Men Are From Mars and Women Are From Venus.
“We Should All Be Feminists” and “Dear Ijeawele” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
The Women’s Room by Marilyn French. I read it years ago and found it tough going, but it’s a classic in the genre.
I second this book. What a read!
Words Can Break Cement: The Passion of Pussy Riot is maybe not *essential* but it is riveting and inspiring!
What does it mean when someone comments following?
Bad Feminist by Roxanne Gay
She commented following…. which means she wants to see what other people is going to comment on my post……
Oh! Thank you
Men Explain Things to Me by Rebecca Solnit, and Feminist Fight Club by Jessica Bennett.
Our bodies, ourselves
I given this book as a teenager, and found it super helpful as a resource!
Knowledge is a powerful tool. Know thyself.
So sad I just read that they are discontinuing the book. I had 3 different editions starting with the first one in the very early 1970s. I bought my daughter an updated version when she left for college
You can always count on the Huffington Post for a list on just about everything: https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/best-feminist-books-of-2017_us_59f22445e4b03cd20b8044eb
The Good Girls Revolt: How the Women of Newsweek Sued their Bosses and Changed the Workplace by Povich Girls Like Us by Weller
@Crysta, fair enough. I wasn’t trying to start anything or be difficult. Lolol. ??
oh I know! I also think a lot of people don’t realize they can control the notifications of a post with those options, I know I discovered them completely by accident one day, so it’s helpful to let people know it’s an option.
The Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedan, The Woman’s Room by Marilyn French, Meridian by Alice Walker, The Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys, The Mandarins by Simone de Beauvoir.
The Woman’s Room by Marilyn French and all of Gloria Steinem’s non-fiction.
Since the current responses are mostly concerning American feminism: https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/111217.Global_Feminism_
And this one specific to Islam https://www.goodreads.com/shelf/show/islamic-feminism
Judith, you rock! Thanks for sharing!
@Karen, I work with a lot of immigrants and offshore employees, so I tend to be less ethnocentric than many Americans.
I know a little about the struggles my female Indian coworkers have faced both the Hindu women and the Muslim ones. I know that American feminism isn’t right for all countries.
There are issues in other countries that American women don’t typically think about such as arranged marriages, being forced to abort girl babies, honor killings, genital mutilation.
So of course there would be different things covered in their feminist writings.
Anything by bell books. I’m a big fan of Catharine MacKinnon. If you want literary than Margaret Atwood or Alice Hoffman. Some of Marion Zimmer Bradley’s works are good for feminism too. So is Judith Tarr.
Native Tongue by Suzette Haden Elgin…Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi …Tough As Nails: One Woman’s Journey Through West Point by Gail O’Sullivan Dwyer…Tales of a Female Nomad: Living Large in the World by Rita Golden Gelman…Girls Like Us: Carole King, Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon–and the Journey of a Generation by Sheila Weller…Hedy’s Folly: The Life and Breakthrough Inventions of Hedy Lamar, the Most Beautiful Woman in the World By Richard Rhodes…Dressing Constitutionally: Hierarchy, Sexuality, and Democracy from Our Hairstyles to Our Shoes by Ruthann Robson…A Natural History of Dragons: A Memoir by Lady Trent by Marie Brennan…The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty…Circling the Sun by Paula McLain …True Women: A Novel of Texas by Janice Woods Windle…In the Time of Butterflies by Julia Alvarez…Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee Shatterly …Liar, Temptress, Solider, Spy: Four Women Undercover in the Civil War by Karen Abbott…Sisterhood of Spies: The Women of OSS by Elizabeth P McIntosh …The Golden Notebook by Doris Lessing…Kindred by Octavia Butler…Opening the Gates: A Century of Arab Feminist Writing edited by Margot Badran and Miriam Cooke…Daring to Drive: A Saudi Woman’s Awakening by Manal Al-Sharif…
The Female Eunuch by Germaine Greer
Bad Feminist – Roxane Gay
The Vindication of the Rights of Women by Mary Wollstonecraft written in 1792 and considered as the 1st Feminist treaty
My Life on the Road by Gloria Steinem
A very simple, short and common sense read is Dear Ijeawala or a feminist manifesto in 15 suggestions by Chimamanda Adichie. For a historical perspective on how women are treated , the second sex by Simone de Beauvoir is quite an educating read. Another early work of feminist philosophy is a vindication of the rights of woman by Mary Wollstonecraft. Through the works of Virginia Woolf (mrs dalloway and to the light house), Margaret Atwood(the handmaid’s tale) you can get a sense of what being a woman means to them.
America’s Women: 400 Years of Dolls, Drudges, Helpmates, and Heroines by Gail Collins
Who Stole Feminism? How Women Have Betrayed Women by Christina Hoff Sommers https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/176392
Just watch CNN….?
Feminism is for Everybody by bell hooks!
A Room of One’s Own – Virginia Woolf; The Second Sex – Simone de Beauvoir
We should all be feminists… Short powerful read
Sexual Politics by Kate Millet really educated me.
Damn Whores and God’s Police by Anne Summers
Fiction or non-fiction? The Power by Naomi Alderman is very eye-opening, and Only Ever Yours by Louise O’Neill was like The Handmaid’s Tale, only more depressing. For fiction, anything by Tara Moss or Annabel Crabb, and I second the above recommendation for Anne Summers.
Oh, and Moss is primarily a fiction writer, though I was thinking of her nonfiction. But her fiction features kick-ass women.
Shrill by Lindy West and The Willful Virgin by Marilyn Frye
For insight into Honour Killings, this excellent novel by Turkish author Ayşe Önal. She went into prisons and interviewed men and boys who committed this crime. Available on Kindle. Great book club read.
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