There’s a few feminist books, shows, and podcasts you should know about. I’ve compiled a list of some new ones and older fan favorites that will help you understand the landscape of feminism. Answer the question What’s a Feminist for yourself, then tell others. Enjoy!
The Constitution of the United States
You may have been forced to read this when you were in school, but this time….do it for yourself. There are things in there you must know. And if you’re a woman, one of those things is that you are not considered equal to men in our founding and guiding document.
Know your rights (and lack there of) . You can grab a copy for $1 on Amazon.
The Guilty Feminist by Deborah Frances-White: The creator of the podcast of the same name, this book discusses “noble goals as feminists, and the hypocrisies and insecurities that undermine them”. It’s funny, it’s raw, and very relatable. Highly suggested and the podcast too.
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood (now a Hulu TV show) A dystopian tale that seemed crazy, until recent political developments. NOW it’s been made into a Hulu Series that has us both captivated and deeply alarmed. Watch it.
The Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedan The book that kicked off the cultural, social women’s revolution of the 1960’s. This one had housewives across the world asking, “Is this enough?” Many ladies decided it wasn’t.
Feminist Fight Club by Jessica Bennett : Written for modern day combat in a workplace filled with inequalities.
We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie – A quick easy read from a proud feminist explaining her journey. Chimamanda’s writings just make you feel better.
Feminism is for Everybody by Bell Hooks – Based on the speech by former slave, Sojourner Truth this book teaches us about intersectionalism before we had any clue what that even meant. Watch Kerry Washington perform the famous “Ain’t I a Woman” speech here.
Full Frontal Feminism by Jessica Valenti An easy read that deals with topics such as sex, pop culture, violence against women, men and relationships. A guide that takes you right into the belly of the beast.
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
(her one and only novel in case they ask you on Jeopardy)
WHY? Because she killed herself about a month after publication.
The novel deals with a woman feeling oppressed by both men and society in the mid 20th century.
Kirsten Dunst is set to make her directorial debut with this story. Not sure when it’s coming out.
Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde.
Somehow I don’t things were easy for a black lesbian in the 1960’s. Sister Outsider takes on sexism, racism, ageism, homophobia and class in this collection of essays and speeches. She reflects struggle and hope. She believed that embracing difference was the way to social change. I think we need to read her again.
What Happened by Hillary Clinton
Because Hillary made it further in the political realm than anyone, won the popular vote in a meddled election, and held her head high while she conceded.In listening to her analyze her journey and predict the future we all have something to learn no matter the political affiliation.
And after you read all those, if you’re mad…check out these 2 beauties so you can harness that anger into a strength.
Rage Becomes Her, The Power of Women’s Anger written by: Soraya Chemaly
Good and Mad, The Revolutionary Power of Women’s Anger, by Rebecca Traister
Anything written by Gloria Steinem (because I love her)
Marilyn: Norma Jeane
The Beach Book
Doing Sixty & Seventy
Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions
Moving Beyond Words
Revolution from Within
My Life on the Road
And here’s some info about a hot new book, about the sins a woman needs to commit in today’s society.
What are your favorite feminist books, shows, and podcasts? Share below!