6 Feminist Book Club Reads
There’s no denying: It’s the year of the girl. Women are proud to be women and they’re not shutting up about it. Women are marching in the streets, breastfeeding in public, making A LOT of money, and they meet up at The Wing every Wednesday night to plan their inevitable world take-over. Women are also reading a lot of books.
Just as the new wave of feminism is having a moment — though I would argue that women (and feminism by extension) are always having a moment — so are female-driven book clubs. Girls Night In, The Wing, and so many other brands host female-only book clubs, both digitally and in-person. Women are reading — a lot — and the statistics prove it. Females lead the way in book purchases, domineering 58% of sales. And thanks to Instagram, it feels like book clubs are more popular than ever.
I’m personally a part of GNI’s monthly club as well as a club my mom started in our neighborhood. Additionally, I’m always reading for leisure so with all this awareness of what’s going on in the literary community, I put together a list of six must-read feminist books that are perfect for your next book club gathering or just to recommend to a fellow sister. Keep reading to find out which 6 feminist reads I’m currently loving!
Periods Gone Public: Taking a Stand for Menstrual Equity
By Jennifer Weiss-Wolf. Gloria Steinem hails this book as “the beginning of liberation for us all,” so what more of a reason could you possibly need to read it? Periods Gone Public takes a deep dive into what’s being coined as “period activism” by investigating the many correlations between menstruation (and how women experience it socially, politically, physically) and the current political climate. (Nonfiction)
You Don’t Have to Like Me and Other Essays
By Alida Nugent. Our author/narrator refused to identify herself as a feminist for a long time and she brings readers along as she takes a hard look at feminism, how it is has affected and shaped her, even before she would comfortably take stock in the word itself. (Personal Essay)
By Roxanne Gay. The brilliant author who gave us Bad Feminist details her life long love-hate relationship with food, weight loss, weight gain, body image, confidence, and other deep-rooted (and taboo!) insecurities. Hunger takes a look at self-care and what it means to treat yourself — both body and mind — right. (Memoir)
The Hate U Give
By Angie Thomas. This book in particular has really been making waves within the feminist reader space. It tells the story of Starr, a black girl who oscillates in between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the affluent neighborhood in which she goes to school. When her childhood best friend is fatally shot by police — while unarmed — the death becomes a national headline, prompting Starr to get to the bottom of what truly happened. (Fiction)
By Roxanne Gay. (Again.) Difficult Women is a collection of stories of many different women, all of whom may seem to have few similarities, but are united by the common thread that they are all, in some definition of the word, considered difficult. Roxanne deals with themes of privilege, poverty, sexuality, gender, class, and more. (Fiction)
Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud: The Rise and Reign of Unruly Women
By Anne Helen Petersen. Written by the former BuzzFeed culture writer Anne Helen Petersen, Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud examines society’s view on women through the lens of all the negative adjectives a women is often considered. She’s either too loud, too fat, too pregnant, too naked — but no matter what too she is, she’s always unruly. (Nonfiction)