Feminism is one of my favourite topics to read about. I firmly believe in equality and that everyone should broaden their horizons through literature. I seem to have acquired a lot of feminist books, be it fiction or 'guides'. As yesterday was international women's day, I thought why not write a little blog post about a few of my favourite feminist books. This list is by no means my whole collection, that would take a while, BUT just a few of my favourites and a handy where to start guide, if you want to start reading feminist literature.
The first book I read about feminism was by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie 'We Should All be Feminists'. Originally a TED Talk this is the book version of that original talk. A very personal account of Adichie's own experience of Feminism. Chimamanda's exploration of what it means to be a women today, it is a compelling essay on indeed why 'we should all be feminists'. This inspiring lady, is truly one of my idols. If I could hand out free copies if this book to everyone, I would!
The second book about feminism that I ever read was 'The Little Book of Feminism' by Harriet Dyer. Offering everything you need to know about the history of feminism. A small yet informative read on the journey from the 1800's to now. Well worth a read if you want to brush up on your feminist history, or want to learn something you might not know already. This is also a fantastic 'beginners' guide of sorts, if you don't know where to start.
A more recent read was 'Full Frontal Feminism' by Jessica Valenti. An enigmatic read on all kinds of issues in regards to Feminism. Each book is divided into chapters, corresponding to an issue or a theme. Covering a range of topics including: pop culture, health, violence, reproductive rights and education. This book is a fantastic starting point on the broader issues on being a young women in today's world. Jessica Valenti also runs feminist website Feministing.com, I would recommend.
Nothing short of magic, Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi, is without a doubt one of the best novels I have ever read. Ever. The heartbreaking account of two sisters, Effia and Esi, with two very different lives. I don't want to say much more in fear of spoiling a wondrous read, that I think should be on everyone's TBR lists.
'I am a woman phenomenally. Phenomenal woman that's me.'
'We cannot all succeed, when half of us are held back.'
These are just a couple of the feminist books I think everyone should read. They offer insightful knowledge, wisdom and personal accounts of why feminism is so important. Above are also two of my favourite quotes, the first by Maya Angelou, who is phenomenal and the second by Malala Yousafzai, an inspiring young women who is the pinnacle of standing up for what you believe in and another one of my idols.