Empowering feminist books that everybody needs on their reading list

These inspiring feminist books are dismantling the patriarchy, one bestseller at a time

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Written by some incredible women, these powerful feminist books explore issues of identity, equality, and liberation through the female lens. A must-read list for anyone who identifies as a woman—and anyone who wants to be a feminist ally. 

Delve into the origins of the feminist movement, learn more about modern-day champions, or get lost in a fictional dystopia that highlights the stark inequalities women face every day. These are the feminist books that paved the way for how we live today—and the pioneering reads that are continuing the work in the modern day. Spanning from some of the first works of feminist literature in the 1700s to modern-day greats, we've listed these in reverse chronological order, so that if you prefer to delve into something newer like the best books of 2021 or even the best books of 2020, they're easier for you to find.

Feminist books everyone should read

Whether you want to educate yourself, your partner, your daughter, or your son in the feminist movement, these inspiring reads are certain to get readers thinking. Separated into fiction and non-fiction, this list of feminist books covers all bases, featuring core feminism philosophy (Mary Wollstonecraft's A Vindication of the Rights of Woman helped to put feminism on the map) and explorations of intersectional feminism (Bernardine Evaristo's Girl, Woman, Other is a heartbreaking and life-affirming look at the struggles of black women through different perspectives). It goes without saying that these topical reads make some of the best book club books

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Non-fiction feminist books

Feminist fiction books