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Top 5 Books Every Feminist Should Read

How to Be a Woman, Caitlin Moran

If you are looking to understand the tumultuous perils of becoming a woman – then, look no further than Moran’s funny and insightful novel How to Be a Woman. Everything from puberty, first jobs and first loves Moran tackles hard hitting issues regarding the demands and impositions women are burdened with, but she’ll make you laugh out loud while doing it.

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou

Angelou’s first volume of her autobiography, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, speaks of overcoming impossible barriers created by racism and misogyny. The first of the six books speaks of her childhood and teenage years from the age of 3 to 16 during her time living in the American South during the depression-era of the 1930s. This poignant tale of self-discovery and finding her own voice comes about through her great love of literature.

The Abrasom Effect, Debora Spar

Former New York Times editor Jill Abramson can now be added to the (ever growing) list of women who have been hired to run large, prominent corporations (Meg Whitman, Carly Fiorina, etc) – only to be publicly fired shortly after. This trend, referred to as the glass cliff, raises crucial questions as to why women and minorities in the workplace are still faced with prejudice.

Barnard College president, Debora Spar, explores how far women have come from the days where a ‘working woman’ was a dirty phrase to now, where, even in the cases of female bosses such as Abramson, we still have far to go. The Abramson Effect is a brilliant insight into the business world from a woman’s perspective.

What Will it Take to Make a Woman President, Marianne Schnall

Marianne Schnall is the founder and Executive Director of Feminist.com, a top women’s website and nonprofit organization. For more than fifteen years, Feminist.com has been fostering awareness, education, and activism for people all across the world. She is also the cofounder of EcoMall.com, one of the oldest environmental websites promoting earth-friendly living.

When Schnall was asked by her eight-year-old daughter during Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign “why has there never been a woman president?”, she embarked on a somewhat perilous quest to find the answer in her book What Will it Take to Make a Woman President. The book entails a series of interviews conducted by Schnall in the hope to find an answer, everyone from distinguished politicians, journalists, corporate executives, writers, and entertainers. Gloria Steinem to Nancy Pelosi, Donna Brazile to Marianne Williamson, Nicholas Kristof to Michael Kimmel, Anita Hill and Kirsten Gillibrand are just some of the voices who are heard in this breakthrough book.

The Female Eunuch, Germaine Greer

Last but not least is the landmark of feminist literature – The Female Eunuch. Greer’s examination of history, literature, popular culture from the past and present creates an image of the searing oppression of the female gender. This book is one of the most critical social commentaries and most passionately argued polemic.

It need not further explanation – it is a self-contained masterpiece of feminist literature and a must read for anyone who wants to read more about women’s liberation.

 

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