Feminist Book Recs

This page is dedicated to discovering and celebrating feminist narratives.  These books confront sexism and gender conformity with an aim to promote gender equality.  Many also aim to promote healthy self-perceptions for women, and foster a safe culture for honest gender expression.  


Feminist Fiction (That I’ve Read)

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood ★★★★★ (adult sci-fi, dystopian)

Sofia Khan is Not Obliged by Ayisha Malik ★★★☆☆ (British Muslim protagonist, rom-com)

Difficult Women by Roxane Gay ★★★☆☆ (short fiction collection)


Feminist Fiction (On my TBR)

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson (young adult, sexual assault)

The Essential Dykes to Watch Out For by Alison Bechdel (adult graphic collection, lesbian author)

The Thing Around Your Neck by Chimamanda Ngozie Adiche (PoC author, short fiction collection)


Feminist Nonfiction (That I’ve Read)

Muslim Girl: A Coming of Age by Amani Al-Khatahtbeh ★★★★★ (American Muslim writer, feminist activist)

We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozie Adiche ★★★★★ (feminist essay)

The Fictional Woman by Tara Moss ★★★★★ (in depth exploration of gender inequality)

Speaking Out: A 21-st Century Handbook for Women and Girls by Tara Moss ★★★★★ (guide to speaking out against gender inequality)

Walking Towards Ourselves: Indian Women Tell Their Stories edited by Catriona Mitchell ★★★★★ (short memoir anthology, Indian culture, domestic violence, arranged marriage)

Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood by Marjane Satrapi ★★★★☆ (young adult graphic memoir, Iranian author, Islamic Revolution)

Gender Outlaws: The Next Generation by Kate Bernstein & S. Bear Bergman ★★★★★ (essays, comic art, conversations from trans-spectrum creators)

The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson ★★★☆☆ (memoir of marriage to gender-fluid partner)

The Camera My Mother Gave Me by Susanna Kaysen ★★★★★  (chronic pain, female sexuality)


Feminist Nonfiction (On my TBR)

Desert Flower by Waris Dirie (Somalian author, female genital mutilation)

Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay (feminist essay collection, P.o.C. author)

Nasty Women edited by 404 Ink (feminist essay anthology)

Feminism is for Everybody: Passionate Politics by bell hooks (feminist manifesto)

Everyday Sexism by Laura Bates (collection of testimonies, The Everyday Sexism Project)

I Am Malala: The Story of the Girl Who Stood Up For Education and was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai & Christina Lamb (Nobel Peace Prize laureate, education rights for girls and women)

Testosterone Rex: Unmaking the Myths of our Gendered Minds by Cordelia Fine (psychology, gender theory)

Here We Are: Feminism for the Real World edited by Kelly Jensen (essays, poems, comics from feminist creators)

One Day We’ll All Be Dead and None Of This Will Matter by Scaachi Koul (P.o.C. author, women’s roles in Indian culture)

Nobody Passes: Rejecting the Rules of Gender and Conformity by Mattilda a.k.a. Matt Bernstien Sycamore (essay anthology, socio-cultural norms surrounding gender conformity)

Delusions of Gender: How Our Minds, Society, and Neurosexism Create Difference by Cordelia Fine (brain science, gender theory)