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

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

Bad Feminist by Roxanne Gay, 2014

The Beauty Myth by Naomi Wolf, 1990

Born With Teeth by Kate Mulgrew, 2015

Cunt: A Declaration of Independenceby Inga Muscio, 2002

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

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

The Female Eunuch by Germaine Greer, 1970

The Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedan, 1963

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

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

The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls, 2005

The Guys Guide to Feminism by Michael Kimmil, 2011

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

My Life on the Road by Gloria Steinem, 2016

My New Gender Workbook: A Step-by-Step Guide to Achieving World Peace Through Gender Anarchy and Sex Positivity by Kate Bornstein, 2013

Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich, 2001

Privilege by Michael Kimmel and Abby L Ferber, 2013

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

A Queer and Pleasant Danger by Kate Bornstein, 2013

The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir, 1949

This is Just my Face: Try Not to Stare by Gabourey Sidibe, 2017

We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, 2015

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

You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) by Felicia Day, 2015

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


Anything We Love Can be Saved: A Writer’s Activism, Alice Walker, 1998

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

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

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

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

The Essential Feminist Reader Edited by Estelle B. Freedman 2007

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

Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls by Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo, 2016

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

Infidel: My Life by Ayan Hirsi Ali, 2006

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

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

Radical Hope: Letters of Love and Dissent in Dangerous Times by Carolina de Robertis, 2017

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

Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches by Audre Lorde, 1994

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

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

A Voice from the South by Anna Julia Cooper, 1892

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


Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, 2013

The Awakening by Kate Chopin, 1899

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath, 1963

The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter, 1979

The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison, 1970

China Dolls by Lisa See, 2014

The Color Purple by Alice Walker, 1982

The Diary of Anne Frank by Anne Frank, 1947

Fear of Flying by Erica Jong, 1973

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

The Golden Notebook by Doris Lessing, 1962

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood, 1986

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

Kindred by Octavia Butler, 1979

Kushiel’s Dart by Jacqueline Carey, 2002

The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K LeGuin, 1969

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott, 1880

Memoirs of a Beatnik by Diane di Prima, 1998

The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley, 1982

The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver, 1998

The Red Tent by Anita Diamant, 1997

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston, 1937

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith, 1943

Wise Blood by Flannery O’Connor, 1952

Young Adult Nonfiction

You Don’t Have to Like Me: Essays on Growing Up, Speaking Out, and Finding Feminism by Alida Nugent

Young Adult Fiction

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle, 2007

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz, 2012

Angel De La Luna and the 5th Glorious Mystery by M. Evelina Galang, 2013

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon, 2017

The Harry Potter Series, J.K. Rowling

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, 2010

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson, 2011

The Tortall Series by Tamora Pierce, 1983-Present

Wildthorn by Jane Eagland, 2009

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