Best Feminist Books
This is a list of books any feminist, new feminist, or a soon-to-be feminist should read. Let me know what books you feel should be added to this list!
1 The Handmaid's Tale
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2 A Room of One's Own
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4.04 of 5 stars 4.04 avg rating — 43,197 ratings
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3 The Second Sex
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4.03 of 5 stars 4.03 avg rating — 14,323 ratings
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4 The Bell Jar
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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 310,084 ratings
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5 Jane Eyre
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4.07 of 5 stars 4.07 avg rating — 919,791 ratings
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6 The Yellow Wallpaper and Ot...
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3.98 of 5 stars 3.98 avg rating — 46,363 ratings
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7 The Vagina Monologues
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3.84 of 5 stars 3.84 avg rating — 13,813 ratings
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8 The Feminine Mystique
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3.81 of 5 stars 3.81 avg rating — 11,521 ratings
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9 The Color Purple
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4.13 of 5 stars 4.13 avg rating — 303,457 ratings
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10 The Beauty Myth
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3.89 of 5 stars 3.89 avg rating — 10,284 ratings
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11 The Awakening
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3.6 of 5 stars 3.60 avg rating — 95,765 ratings
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12 I Know Why the Caged Bird S...
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4.11 of 5 stars 4.11 avg rating — 175,276 ratings
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13 Full Frontal Feminism
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3.85 of 5 stars 3.85 avg rating — 4,773 ratings
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14 Pride and Prejudice
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4.23 of 5 stars 4.23 avg rating — 1,436,512 ratings
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15 The Red Tent
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4.14 of 5 stars 4.14 avg rating — 344,317 ratings
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16 Cunt: A Declaration of Inde...
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3.89 of 5 stars 3.89 avg rating — 7,011 ratings
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17 Beloved
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3.71 of 5 stars 3.71 avg rating — 181,286 ratings
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18 A Vindication of the Rights...
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3.91 of 5 stars 3.91 avg rating — 393 ratings
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19 A Doll's House
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3.63 of 5 stars 3.63 avg rating — 50,030 ratings
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20 Feminism Is for Everybody: ...
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4.18 of 5 stars 4.18 avg rating — 4,574 ratings
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21 Speak
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3.97 of 5 stars 3.97 avg rating — 256,526 ratings
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22 Yes Means Yes!: Visions of ...
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4.21 of 5 stars 4.21 avg rating — 2,564 ratings
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23 Their Eyes Were Watching God
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3.82 of 5 stars 3.82 avg rating — 139,059 ratings
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24 The Mists of Avalon (Avalon...
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4.1 of 5 stars 4.10 avg rating — 130,653 ratings
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25 The Left Hand of Darkness (...
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4.03 of 5 stars 4.03 avg rating — 44,041 ratings
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26 Backlash: The Undeclared Wa...
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3.97 of 5 stars 3.97 avg rating — 5,386 ratings
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27 Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) ...
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3.58 of 5 stars 3.58 avg rating — 143,180 ratings
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28 Orlando
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3.83 of 5 stars 3.83 avg rating — 26,591 ratings
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29 Female Chauvinist Pigs: Wom...
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3.7 of 5 stars 3.70 avg rating — 6,475 ratings
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30 Gone with the Wind
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4.25 of 5 stars 4.25 avg rating — 662,895 ratings
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30 The Female Eunuch
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3.74 of 5 stars 3.74 avg rating — 3,192 ratings
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32 Gender Trouble
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4.1 of 5 stars 4.10 avg rating — 5,174 ratings
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33 The Golden Compass (His Dar...
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3.89 of 5 stars 3.89 avg rating — 715,052 ratings
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34 Feminist Theory: From Margi...
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4.32 of 5 stars 4.32 avg rating — 3,343 ratings
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35 Sister Outsider: Essays and...
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36 To the Lighthouse
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3.74 of 5 stars 3.74 avg rating — 64,977 ratings
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37 A Vindication of the Rights...
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3.85 of 5 stars 3.85 avg rating — 7,336 ratings
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38 Against Our Will: Men, Wome...
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3.97 of 5 stars 3.97 avg rating — 2,057 ratings
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39 Fried Green Tomatoes at the...
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4.22 of 5 stars 4.22 avg rating — 154,181 ratings
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40 The Women's Room
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3.89 of 5 stars 3.89 avg rating — 4,292 ratings
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41 This Bridge Called My Back:...
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4.42 of 5 stars 4.42 avg rating — 4,272 ratings
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42 He's a Stud, She's a Slut, ...
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43 Women, Race, and Class
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4.28 of 5 stars 4.28 avg rating — 4,084 ratings
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44 Women Who Run With the Wolv...
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4.11 of 5 stars 4.11 avg rating — 15,935 ratings
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45 Antigone
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3.53 of 5 stars 3.53 avg rating — 52,251 ratings
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46 Half the Sky: Turning Oppre...
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4.34 of 5 stars 4.34 avg rating — 26,711 ratings
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47 The Purity Myth: How Americ...
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4.07 of 5 stars 4.07 avg rating — 4,252 ratings
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48 Reviving Ophelia: Saving th...
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3.84 of 5 stars 3.84 avg rating — 20,598 ratings
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49 Our Bodies, Ourselves for t...
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50 Emma
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3.97 of 5 stars 3.97 avg rating — 355,814 ratings
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51 Herland
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3.43 of 5 stars 3.43 avg rating — 5,894 ratings
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52 Ariel
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4.25 of 5 stars 4.25 avg rating — 25,116 ratings
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53 Whipping Girl: A Transsexua...
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4.2 of 5 stars 4.20 avg rating — 2,810 ratings
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54 for colored girls who have ...
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4.22 of 5 stars 4.22 avg rating — 17,736 ratings
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55 Wide Sargasso Sea
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3.52 of 5 stars 3.52 avg rating — 29,591 ratings
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56 The Madwoman in the Attic: ...
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4.17 of 5 stars 4.17 avg rating — 1,859 ratings
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57 The House of Mirth
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3.93 of 5 stars 3.93 avg rating — 50,930 ratings
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58 Manifesta: Young Women, Fem...
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3.68 of 5 stars 3.68 avg rating — 2,158 ratings
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59 Feminism: The Essential His...
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4.06 of 5 stars 4.06 avg rating — 252 ratings
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60 Alanna: The First Adventure...
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4.25 of 5 stars 4.25 avg rating — 66,855 ratings
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61 Zami: A New Spelling of My ...
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62 Reading Lolita in Tehran
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3.55 of 5 stars 3.55 avg rating — 84,572 ratings
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63 Ain’t I a Woman: Black Wome...
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4.32 of 5 stars 4.32 avg rating — 3,897 ratings
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64 The Help
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4.44 of 5 stars 4.44 avg rating — 1,119,648 ratings
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65 How to Be a Woman
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3.71 of 5 stars 3.71 avg rating — 44,648 ratings
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66 The Subjection of Women
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3.9 of 5 stars 3.90 avg rating — 1,162 ratings
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67 Diving Into the Wreck
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4.21 of 5 stars 4.21 avg rating — 4,755 ratings
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68 The Hunger Games (The Hunge...
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4.4 of 5 stars 4.40 avg rating — 3,099,689 ratings
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69 The Joy Luck Club
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3.86 of 5 stars 3.86 avg rating — 440,450 ratings
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70 Middlemarch
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3.89 of 5 stars 3.89 avg rating — 75,805 ratings
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71 A Room with a View
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3.91 of 5 stars 3.91 avg rating — 93,998 ratings
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72 Color of Violence: The INCI...
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4.34 of 5 stars 4.34 avg rating — 751 ratings
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73 Fear of Flying
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3.42 of 5 stars 3.42 avg rating — 10,676 ratings
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74 Even Cowgirls Get the Blues
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3.72 of 5 stars 3.72 avg rating — 36,500 ratings
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75 Sexual Politics
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3.84 of 5 stars 3.84 avg rating — 1,577 ratings
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76 Revolution from Within: A B...
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4.02 of 5 stars 4.02 avg rating — 1,067 ratings
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77 The Cider House Rules
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4.07 of 5 stars 4.07 avg rating — 103,283 ratings
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78 The Creation of Patriarchy
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4.07 of 5 stars 4.07 avg rating — 336 ratings
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79 For Her Own Good: Two Centu...
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3.93 of 5 stars 3.93 avg rating — 1,195 ratings
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80 Like Water for Chocolate
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3.91 of 5 stars 3.91 avg rating — 232,734 ratings
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81 SCUM Manifesto
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3.5 of 5 stars 3.50 avg rating — 1,718 ratings
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82 Global Woman: Nannies, Maid...
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3.79 of 5 stars 3.79 avg rating — 733 ratings
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83 Where the Girls Are: Growin...
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3.88 of 5 stars 3.88 avg rating — 1,598 ratings
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83 Lysistrata
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3.82 of 5 stars 3.82 avg rating — 18,661 ratings
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85 Borderlands/La Frontera: Th...
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86 Kindred
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4.12 of 5 stars 4.12 avg rating — 25,335 ratings
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87 The Scarlet Letter
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3.32 of 5 stars 3.32 avg rating — 393,691 ratings
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88 Bitch: In Praise of Difficu...
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3.31 of 5 stars 3.31 avg rating — 3,334 ratings
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89 Colonize This!: Young Women...
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90 The Girl Who Played with Fi...
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4.19 of 5 stars 4.19 avg rating — 455,048 ratings
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91 Witches, Midwives and Nurse...
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3.92 of 5 stars 3.92 avg rating — 715 ratings
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92 The Stepford Wives
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3.64 of 5 stars 3.64 avg rating — 13,527 ratings
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93 The Female Man
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3.53 of 5 stars 3.53 avg rating — 2,796 ratings
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94 Atlas Shrugged
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3.66 of 5 stars 3.66 avg rating — 218,537 ratings
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95 Fat Is a Feminist Issue
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3.76 of 5 stars 3.76 avg rating — 897 ratings
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96 The Robber Bride
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3.8 of 5 stars 3.80 avg rating — 23,803 ratings
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97 Native Tongue (Native Tongu...
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4.03 of 5 stars 4.03 avg rating — 1,279 ratings
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98 Memoirs of a Geisha
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4.04 of 5 stars 4.04 avg rating — 1,068,700 ratings
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99 Women's Bodies, Women's Wis...
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100 Anna Karenina
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Comments (showing 1-27 of 27) (27 new)

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message 1: by Lisa (new)

Lisa Please add 'Manifesta' and 'The Body Project' both excellent feminist reads.


message 2: by Merry (new)

Merry I would also add "Flux: Women on Sex, Work, Love, Kids, and Life in a Half-Changed World" by Peggy Orenstein


message 3: by Kathryn (new)

Kathryn I am disappointed that bell hooks' name is not represented correctly.


message 4: by Catharine (new)

Catharine Zivkovic You should add Failing at Fairness by Myra S...?


message 6: by Jill (new)

Jill P.S. Great list!!


message 7: by Catharine (new)

Catharine Zivkovic How about Feminist in the Dark by Kathy Maio?


message 8: by mazal (new)

mazal bohbot berrie Is there an easy way to adopt this list, or keep a file of it handy? I'm starting a feminist library at work. This list is a fantastic start. Kudos


message 9: by Derya (new)

Derya Anyone, who's interested in feminism must read Virginia Woolf. Especially, her groundbreaking essays, such as; A Room of One's Own and "Professions for Women".


message 10: by Dusty (new)

Dusty Gone WIth The Wind? King Lear? Just because a book has a "strong female lead" doesn't make it feminist!


message 11: by Rita (last edited Mar 18, 2011 02:38AM) (new)

Rita Surpriced to see that The War Against Women wasn't on the list until I used the added function...


message 12: by Anna (new)

Anna  Matsuyama A Woman of No Importance

I added this one


message 13: by Lisa (new)

Lisa Sex Wars by Marge Piercy & The Price of Motherhood: Why the Most Important Job in the World is Still the Least Valued Ann Crittenden


message 14: by Moira (new)

Moira Russell Tried voting on the whole list, but 'Too many books, remove one before you add another.' sigh.


message 15: by Stephanie (new)

Stephanie How the hell did Atlas Shrugged get up there?


message 16: by Lynne (new)

Lynne Lowe Kathryn wrote: "I am disappointed that bell hooks' name is not represented correctly."

I agree. People spell it wrong all the time.


message 17: by Lynne (new)

Lynne Lowe julian wrote: "this list is too white+western+second wave"

I have to disagree with you. There are a lot of books here representing all women. You should look a bit closer.


message 18: by Richard (new)

Richard It may seem strange that a male would want to add to a feminist book list but the lady for whom I authored the book NOT AGAIN (Amazon Kindle) is, to my mind, the most inspirational person I've ever encountered and I would like to add her to your list, as an inspiration to other ladies.

The background to her story can be found at http://askdavid.com/reviews/book/insp... and the description can be found on Amazon: UK http://tinyurl.com/ct5xqx9
USA http://tinyurl.com/cxv9c9x


message 19: by Helen (new)

Helen Graham Much to my astonishment, I didn't find The Tenant of Wildfell Hall so I added it.


message 20: by Fatin (new)

Fatin hmm, I'm a huge fan of Jane Eyre but I'm not sure I'd call it the best "feminist" novel. But then, I haven't read it in a long while and the details aren't very clear to me.

Here's a great poem I read, I have no idea who it's by but it's great.

I fight like a girl who refuses to be a victim.
I fight like a girl who is tired of being IGNORED & HUMORED & BEATEN & RAPED.
I fight like a girl who’s sick of not being taken seriously.
I fight like a girl who’s been pushed too far.
I fight like a girl who OFFERS & DEMANDS RESPECT.
I fight like a girl who has a lifetime of ANGER & STRENGTH & PRIDE pent up in her girly body.
I fight like a girl who doesn’t believe in FEAR & SUBMISSION.
I fight like a girl who knows that THIS BODY & THIS MIND are mine.
I fight like a girl who knows that YOU ONLY HAVE AS MUCH POWER AS I GRANT YOU.
I fight like a girl who will never allow you to take more than I offer.
I fight like a girl who FIGHTS BACK.
So next time you think you can distract yourself from your insecurities by victimizing a girl, THINK AGAIN. She may be ME and I FIGHT LIKE A GIRL.


message 21: by Cindy (new)

Cindy Hall How about some Alice Walker?


message 22: by Fatin (new)

Fatin Cindy wrote: "How about some Alice Walker?"

I LOVE LOVE LOVE The Color Purple. I think it's great not just as a feminist novel that goes to the very core of feminism, but also as a piece of literature about religion.


message 23: by Annette (new)

Annette Hurst Please add Intercourse by Andrea Dworkin


message 24: by Kate (new)

Kate S I'm with Stephanie, how the hell did Atlas Shrugged end up on here?


message 25: by Tom (new)

Tom Webster No Joan Wallach Scott, no Helene Cixous?


message 26: by Davina (new)

Davina Rhine There is a lot to be added to the list. How can readers do that?


message 27: by [deleted user] (new)

Fatin wrote: "hmm, I'm a huge fan of Jane Eyre but I'm not sure I'd call it the best "feminist" novel. But then, I haven't read it in a long while and the details aren't very clear to me.

Here's a great poem I ..."


I was wondering why Jane Eyre was on here. What did I miss? She should have smacked Rochester up the side of the head. Read Wide Sargasso Sea.


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