As we explore the feminist movement the influence and importance of certain females have become increasingly apparent. Many females have been intrinsic to the development of feminism as a concept and this blog article will highlight some of the most important books which helped develop feminist ideas and hopefully inspire people to read them. So this will be a list of different feminist books which have helped develop and strengthen the movement, and will also give a brief description of what the contents are and the importance of each individual book.
The Vindication of the Rights of Women (Wollstonecraft,1792)-
This book was the first one we mentioned in our history of feminism blog. It was the first book of its kind to argue that women are the natural equals of men and deserve equal rights. Wollstonecraft is considered one of the progenitors of feminist philosophy. Her work was the beginning of what has become a global movement for equality.
The Feminine Mystique (Friedan, 1963)-
Another book that was mentioned during our history of feminism post, this book was a defining moment in the second wave of the feminist movement. It had a massive reach to the ordinary woman and challenged ideas about women's role in society. It dispelled the idea that women are predominantly housewives and caregivers. Although the book was criticised it was still a defining text in shaping modern understanding of feminism.
Feminism is for everybody (Hooks, 2000)-
Written by famous feminist Bell Hooks this book acts as a stepping stone into understanding the feminist ideals and the history of the movement. This book addresses the notion that only women can be feminists and instead promotes the idea that everybody can do their part to help progress towards a more equal and fair society.
Sister Outsider (Lorde, 1984)-
As feminism is such a vast and broad topic it can often struggle to fit in all of the different perspectives of women and the issues they face. Sister Outsider written by Audre Lorde focuses on her perspective and experiences as a black, female, lesbian feminist. This focus on intersectionality also allows Lorde to explore issues that she has personally faced such as sexism, racism, and classism to name a few. This book gives an insight into an individual's account of their experience with feminism and why it is so important.
There are countless other feminist books that could be added to this list. However, this list is to give an introduction to just a few of the books that have defined feminism. They have been chosen as they are also spread across the timeline of the feminist movement and give different perspectives to their given place in time.