feminist reading list

The Feminist Reading List

This page will be constantly evolving. Here’s a starter list:


The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir, 1949

The Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedan, 1963

The Female Eunuch by Germaine Greer, 1970

The Dialectic of Sex: The Case for Feminist Revolution by Shulamith Firestone, 1970

Ain’t I a Woman? Black Woman and Feminism by bell hooks, 1981

The Beauty Myth by Naomi Wolf, 1990

Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American Women by Susan Faludi,1991

Feminism is for EVERYBODY: Passionate Politics by bell hooks, 2000

The World Split Open: How the Modern Women’s Movement Changed America by Ruth Rosen, 2000

Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich, 2001

Cunt: A Declaration of Independence by Inga Muscio, 2002

Zoya’s Story: An Afghan Woman’s Struggle for Freedom by Zoya with John Follain and Rita Cristofari, 2003

Female Chauvinist Pigs: Women and the Rise of Raunch Culture by Ariel Levy, 2005

How the Pro Choice Movement Saved America by Cristina Page, 2006

Full Frontal Feminism: A Young Woman’s Guide to Why Feminism Matters by Jessica Valenti, 2007

The Purity Myth: How America’s Obsession with Virginity is Hurting Young Women by Jessica Valenti, 2009

The Guys Guide to Feminism by Michael Kimmil, 2011

Privilege by Michael Kimmel and Abby L Ferber, 2013

Bad Feminist by Roxanne Gay, 2014


A Vindication of the Rights of Woman by Mary Wollstonecraft, 1792

A Voice from the South by Anna Julia Cooper, 1892

A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf, 1929

Black Women’s Manifesto: Double Jeopardy: To be Black and Female by Frances M. Beal, 1969 (Originally written as a pamphlet)

This Bridge Called my Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color, Edited by Cherrie Moraga and Gloria Anzaldua, 1981

In Search of Our Mother’s Gardens: Womanist Prose by Alice Walker, 1983

Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza by Gloria Anzaldua, 1987

Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches by Audre Lorde, 1994

Gender Outlaw: On Men, Women, and the Rest of Us by Kate Bornstein, 1995

Colonize This! Young Women of Color on Today’s Feminism coedited by Daisy Hernandez and Bushra Rehman, 2002

Infidel: My Life by Ayan Hirsi Ali, 2006

The Color of Violence: The INCITE! Anthology by INCITE! Women of Color Against Violence, 2006

Manthology: Poems on the Male Experience edited by Craig Crist-Evans and Roger Weingarten, 2006

Whipping Girl: A Transsexual Woman on Sexism and the Scapegoating of Femininity by Julia Serano, 2007

The Essential Feminist Reader Edited by Estelle B. Freedman 2007

The Meaning of Freedom and Other Difficult Dialogues by Angela Davis, 2011


Little Women by Louisa May Alcott, 1880

The Awakening by Kate Chopin, 1899

A Room of One’s Own 
by Virginia Woolf, 1929

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston, 1937

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith, 1943

The Diary of Anne Frank by Anne Frank, 1947

Wise Blood by Flannery O’Connor, 1952

The Golden Notebook by Doris Lessing, 1962

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath, 1963

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou, 1969

The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K LeGuin, 1969

The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison. 1970

Fear of Flying by Erica Jong, 1973

Kindred by Octavia Butler, 1979

The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter, 1979

The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley, 1982

The Color Purple by Alice Walker, 1982

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood, 1986

The Gate to Women’s Country by Sheri S Tepper, 1988

The Red Tent by Anita Diamant, 1997

The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver, 1998

Memoirs of a Beatnik by Diane di Prima, 1998

Kushiel’s Dart by Jacqueline Carey, 2002

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, 2013

China Dolls by Lisa See, 2014


Young Adult Fiction
The Tortall Series by Tamora Pierce, 1983-Present

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, 2010

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