sherights’ shereads

As a voracious reader, I’m always in the market for a good book, especially ones that touch on women’s issues. I’ve taken the liberty of compiling a preliminary — and by no means comprehensive! — list of books/websites/magazines that are essential for any feminist.

Of course, please help me build this list by leaving comments on missing items!


The War on Choice, by Gloria Feldt

Abortion & The Politics of Motherhood, by Kristin Luker

The Feminine Mystique, by Betty Friedan

How the Pro-Choice Movement Saved America, by Cristina Page

Cunt: A Declaration of Independence, by Inga Muscio

Half the Sky, by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn

The Vagina Monologues, by Eve Ensler

Mothers & Motherhood: Readings in American History, by Rima D. Apple  and Janet Golden (eds)

The Women & War Reader, by Lois Ann Lorentzen adn Jennifer Turpin (eds)

Against Our Will, by Susan Brownmiller

The Female Circumcision Controversy, by Ellen Gruenbaum

Human Rights & Gender Violence, by Sally Engle Merry

The Woman’s Bible, by Eizabeth Cady Stanton

Women’s Rights: A Human Rights Quarterly Reader, by Bert B. Lockwood (ed)

Full Frontal Feminism; The Purity Myth; Yes Means Yes; He’s a Stud, She’s a Slut, all by Jessica Valenti

The Color of Water, by James McBride

In Search of our Mothers’ Gardens: Womanist Prose, by Alice Walker

Women, Race and Class, by Angela Davis


A Thousand Splendid Suns, by Khaled Hosseini

The Yellow Wallpaper, by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood

Push, by Sapphire

The Awakening, by Kate Chopin

The Color Purple, by Alice Walker

The Red Tent, by Anita Diamant

Beloved, by Toni Morrison (or anything by Toni Morrison, for that matter)

The Bell Jar,  by Sylvia Plath

Women of Brewster Place, by  Gloria Naylor

For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf,  by Ntozake Shange


Ms. Magazine



Women’s eNews



Feminist Press

The F-Bomb



The Ms. Education of Shelby Knox



The Undomestic Goddess


Abortion Gang

Bitch PhD

RH Reality Check


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7 replies

  1. Thank you so much! The list is updated with your suggestions :) This is most definitely a working list in progress, so holler with any more you’d like to see!

  2. No prob! I have tons of other suggestions too. Here are a few additional must-reads in my mind:

    Women of Brewster Place by Gloria Naylor
    For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf by Ntozake Shange

    Women, Race and Class by Angela Davis
    In Search of Our Mothers’ Gardens: Womanist Prose by Alice Walker

  3. Thank you very much for your suggestions, Nikita. Will add to the list!

  4. To clarify: I was referring to Alice Walker’s absence from the non-fiction section.

  5. No Bell Hooks, Angela Davis or Alice Walker? At least Feminism for Everybody should be on this list.


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