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!
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3.72 of 5 stars 3.72 avg rating — 144,114 ratings
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4.16 of 5 stars 4.16 avg rating — 1,208 ratings
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103
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3.59 of 5 stars 3.59 avg rating — 478 ratings
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104
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4.3 of 5 stars 4.30 avg rating — 8,641 ratings
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105
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4.07 of 5 stars 4.07 avg rating — 1,425,007 ratings
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106
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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 1,111 ratings
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107
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4.18 of 5 stars 4.18 avg rating — 2,013 ratings
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108
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4.12 of 5 stars 4.12 avg rating — 35,564 ratings
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109
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3.99 of 5 stars 3.99 avg rating — 2,513 ratings
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110
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3.51 of 5 stars 3.51 avg rating — 2,343 ratings
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111
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3.83 of 5 stars 3.83 avg rating — 9,869 ratings
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112
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4.13 of 5 stars 4.13 avg rating — 1,727 ratings
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113
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3.93 of 5 stars 3.93 avg rating — 535 ratings
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114
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3.89 of 5 stars 3.89 avg rating — 1,022 ratings
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115
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3.79 of 5 stars 3.79 avg rating — 1,668 ratings
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116
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3.88 of 5 stars 3.88 avg rating — 275,931 ratings
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116
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4.16 of 5 stars 4.16 avg rating — 3,429 ratings
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118
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4.06 of 5 stars 4.06 avg rating — 2,195 ratings
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119
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3.97 of 5 stars 3.97 avg rating — 1,144 ratings
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120
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3.96 of 5 stars 3.96 avg rating — 100,856 ratings
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121
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4.37 of 5 stars 4.37 avg rating — 621 ratings
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122
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4.24 of 5 stars 4.24 avg rating — 11,407 ratings
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123
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3.62 of 5 stars 3.62 avg rating — 138,428 ratings
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124
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4.05 of 5 stars 4.05 avg rating — 17,000 ratings
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125
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4.27 of 5 stars 4.27 avg rating — 977 ratings
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125
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4.36 of 5 stars 4.36 avg rating — 581 ratings
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127
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4.28 of 5 stars 4.28 avg rating — 591 ratings
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128
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3.89 of 5 stars 3.89 avg rating — 129 ratings
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129
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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 45,980 ratings
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130
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4.98 of 5 stars 4.98 avg rating — 54 ratings
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131
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3.65 of 5 stars 3.65 avg rating — 1,425 ratings
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132
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4.06 of 5 stars 4.06 avg rating — 27,102 ratings
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133
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3.92 of 5 stars 3.92 avg rating — 89,711 ratings
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134
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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 8,718 ratings
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135
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3.67 of 5 stars 3.67 avg rating — 17,246 ratings
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136
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3.69 of 5 stars 3.69 avg rating — 930 ratings
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137
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3.75 of 5 stars 3.75 avg rating — 11,929 ratings
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138
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3.7 of 5 stars 3.70 avg rating — 15,395 ratings
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139
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3.74 of 5 stars 3.74 avg rating — 248 ratings
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139
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3.79 of 5 stars 3.79 avg rating — 951 ratings
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141
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3.87 of 5 stars 3.87 avg rating — 3,562 ratings
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142
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4.12 of 5 stars 4.12 avg rating — 2,058 ratings
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143
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3.76 of 5 stars 3.76 avg rating — 22,542 ratings
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144
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3.72 of 5 stars 3.72 avg rating — 150,848 ratings
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144
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3.88 of 5 stars 3.88 avg rating — 87,376 ratings
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146
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3.61 of 5 stars 3.61 avg rating — 18,968 ratings
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146
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4.13 of 5 stars 4.13 avg rating — 1,148 ratings
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148
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4.03 of 5 stars 4.03 avg rating — 1,023 ratings
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149
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3.87 of 5 stars 3.87 avg rating — 84,231 ratings
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150
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3.84 of 5 stars 3.84 avg rating — 1,531 ratings
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151
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3.47 of 5 stars 3.47 avg rating — 26,311 ratings
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152
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3.97 of 5 stars 3.97 avg rating — 575 ratings
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153
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3.87 of 5 stars 3.87 avg rating — 82 ratings
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154
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4.11 of 5 stars 4.11 avg rating — 49,417 ratings
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155
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3.88 of 5 stars 3.88 avg rating — 47,345 ratings
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156
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4.06 of 5 stars 4.06 avg rating — 506 ratings
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157
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3.76 of 5 stars 3.76 avg rating — 113,325 ratings
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158
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4.13 of 5 stars 4.13 avg rating — 72,627 ratings
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159
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4.31 of 5 stars 4.31 avg rating — 1,641,344 ratings
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160
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3.87 of 5 stars 3.87 avg rating — 424,106 ratings
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161
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3.8 of 5 stars 3.80 avg rating — 129 ratings
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162
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3.93 of 5 stars 3.93 avg rating — 148 ratings
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163
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3.88 of 5 stars 3.88 avg rating — 5,732 ratings
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164
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3.46 of 5 stars 3.46 avg rating — 57,064 ratings
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165
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4.12 of 5 stars 4.12 avg rating — 12,023 ratings
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166
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3.82 of 5 stars 3.82 avg rating — 951 ratings
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167
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3.59 of 5 stars 3.59 avg rating — 1,434 ratings
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168
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4.06 of 5 stars 4.06 avg rating — 2,568 ratings
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169
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3.87 of 5 stars 3.87 avg rating — 50,592 ratings
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170
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3.77 of 5 stars 3.77 avg rating — 1,861 ratings
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171
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3.8 of 5 stars 3.80 avg rating — 1,429 ratings
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171
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4.07 of 5 stars 4.07 avg rating — 7,713 ratings
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173
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3.54 of 5 stars 3.54 avg rating — 4,694 ratings
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174
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3.77 of 5 stars 3.77 avg rating — 5,107 ratings
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174
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4.0 of 5 stars 4.00 avg rating — 1,895 ratings
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176
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3.88 of 5 stars 3.88 avg rating — 85,682 ratings
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177
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3.65 of 5 stars 3.65 avg rating — 216 ratings
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4.24 of 5 stars 4.24 avg rating — 1,426 ratings
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179
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3.79 of 5 stars 3.79 avg rating — 200 ratings
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180
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3.9 of 5 stars 3.90 avg rating — 2,813 ratings
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181
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3.43 of 5 stars 3.43 avg rating — 602 ratings
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182
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4.16 of 5 stars 4.16 avg rating — 114,279 ratings
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183
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4.05 of 5 stars 4.05 avg rating — 1,087 ratings
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184
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3.74 of 5 stars 3.74 avg rating — 975 ratings
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185
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3.62 of 5 stars 3.62 avg rating — 448 ratings
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186
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4.43 of 5 stars 4.43 avg rating — 1,109 ratings
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187
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3.67 of 5 stars 3.67 avg rating — 2,940 ratings
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188
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4.26 of 5 stars 4.26 avg rating — 819 ratings
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189
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3.89 of 5 stars 3.89 avg rating — 1,382 ratings
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190
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3.65 of 5 stars 3.65 avg rating — 18,370 ratings
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191
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4.2 of 5 stars 4.20 avg rating — 1,503 ratings
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192
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4.08 of 5 stars 4.08 avg rating — 3,900 ratings
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193
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3.77 of 5 stars 3.77 avg rating — 570 ratings
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3.59 of 5 stars 3.59 avg rating — 17,146 ratings
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195
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4.2 of 5 stars 4.20 avg rating — 1,719 ratings
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196
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4.17 of 5 stars 4.17 avg rating — 111,876 ratings
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197
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3.83 of 5 stars 3.83 avg rating — 33,172 ratings
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198
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3.57 of 5 stars 3.57 avg rating — 32,658 ratings
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4.18 of 5 stars 4.18 avg rating — 341 ratings
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4.31 of 5 stars 4.31 avg rating — 50,810 ratings
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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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