Over the past three years, so since I started uni, I have become increasingly interested in feminism and as an English Literature student that means I have stated reading a whole bunch of feminist books, or books by feminists. So I have complied a list of the feminist books that have changed the way in which I am a feminist in my own life, I have tried to keep this list as varied as I could but I know there is room for more intersectional feminist books on this list.
Everyday Sexism by Laura Bates
This was probably the first time I was introduced to feminism in real terms. Sure I knew there was a difference between the way I had to act in comparison to men or boys in my life at the time, but 16yr old me had no idea that some of my experiences were universal or an ingrained part of society. This book is a compilation of Laura’s person experiences, facts about sexism (mostly UK based but included global stats), and the experiences of other women from around the world who contributed to the website everydaysexismproject.com. This makes the perfect entry point to wider feminist ideologies and actions, and I regularly flick through sections of the book or the social media accounts connected to it to remind myself that I am not always alone in my experience of sexism.
Revolutionary Petunias by Alice Walker
Lets start with how much of a f***ing boss this woman is. I used this collection of poetry when writing my dissertation earlier this year, and I am so glad I did. The thing I liked most about this collection of poetry is how each poem speaks of something different about female experiences, and not all of it is specifically feminist because as with most poetry it is about personal experiences.
I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai
This book acted as a strong reminder of how privileged I am to live in a country where access to education is not defined by gender. While it is sometimes a bit heavy on the history side of things, I found it easy to read and allowed me to understand the way gender plays a role in politics and basic access to thing I take for granted.
Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur
I credit this book for getting me to read poetry for pleasure after my dissertation. It is a discussion of love for others, self love, abuse, loss, and femininity. There are four parts, each that serves both a different narrative purpose and to create a different reader response based on a readers personal experiences.
We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
This actually just the book form of a TED talk she did which you can watch here. Adichie is a Nigerian feminist who puts forward several compelling arguments as to why feminism is for the better good of well you know everyone.
Other books I recommend:
Dear Ijeawele by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankin
Women Who Run With The Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estés