3 Must Own Feminist Books | Christmas Gift Guide 2017

Show your love by giving the gift of feminism.  Here are 3 feminist titles for the special women and men in your life (no kidding, gender equality benefits everyone.)

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Muslim Girl: A Coming of Age by Amani Al-Khatahtbeh

muslim-girl-9781501159503_hr“A harrowing and candid memoir about coming of age as a Muslim American in the wake of 9/11, during the never-ending war on terror, and through the Trump era of casual racism.  This is the extraordinary account of Amani’s journey through adolescence as a Muslim girl, from the Islamophobia she’s faced on a daily basis, to the website she launched that became a cultural phenomenon, to the nation’s political climate in the 2016 election cycle with Donald Trump as the Republican nominee.”

Perfect For…

  • Girls aged 15+.  This is a coming of age story that affirms and empowers girls regardless of religion or race.
  • Anyone who consumes media.  We take it for granted that media is biased, but we may not realise who bias impacts.  Written by an industry insider, Muslim Girl is an eyeopener with a very personal core.
  • Busy people.  This is a small book with a big impact.  Its message will forever change the way you see the world.

Where to Buy Online

Booktopia (hardback) | Book Depository (hardback) | Dymocks (hardback)

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Speaking Out: A 21st-Century Handbook for Women and Girls by Tara Moss

y648“If women and girls remain voiceless, half of humanity’s experiences, perspectives and possible solutions to world problems go unheard. Drawing on 20 years of wide experience in the public sphere, Tara Moss responds to the question: ‘How can I speak out?’ in the most practical way. In this handbook she gives advice on preparation, speaking out and negotiating public spaces – sometimes in the face of downright savage trolling.  This is a guide for women young and old that not only helps them find their voice, but argues passionately for why it matters.”

Perfect For…

  • Girls and women who use social media.  You wouldn’t trek through a jungle without a map, so learn how to be safe before you go online.
  • Girls and women with something to say.  Speaking Out equips readers to handle a variety of sexist backlash and discrimination online and in person.  This is the survival guide for women who speak up and believe in their right to a voice.

Where to Buy Online

Book Depository (audiobook) | Booktopia (hardback) | Booktopia (paperback) | Dymocks (paperback)

Gift with: The Fictional Woman by Tara Moss

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Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions by Chimamanda Ngozie Adichie

“From the best-selling author of Americanah and We Should All Be Feminists comes a powerful new statement about feminism today – written as a letter to a friend.  With its fifteen pieces of practical advice it goes right to the heart of sexual politics in the twenty-first century.”

Perfect For…

  • 9781524733131Readers of all genders and ages.  Feminism benefits everyone.  The writing style is conversational and simple so readers young and old can enjoy equally.
  • Anyone who don’t “get” feminism.  This book explains the values of feminism simply and clearly for “first-time users”.
  • Parents-to-be.  This is a practical guide for families who value equality and empowerment, from marriage to parenting.
  • Busy people.  Dear Ijeawele takes less than an hour to read.  It is broken into 15 small sections, so you can enjoy it in short sittings.

Where to Buy Online

Book Depository (hardback) | Booktopia (hardback) | Booktopia (audiobook) | Dymocks (hardback)

Gift with: We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozie Adichie

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A Note on Australian Book Stores

Although I have included links to buy these titles online, I urge you to support Australian booksellers this Christmas by buying from independent bookstores.  If you love the smell of books and the wisdom of a passionate bookseller, join the fight to keep bookstores alive!

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