We Should All be Feminists and Dear Ijawele by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Adichie’s two shot books, based on her TedTalk cover the basic reasons why everyone should be a feminist. The “sequel” are the lessons to be taught to a child to raise a feminist.
The Handmaid’s Tale by Atwood
This is the reason why people are comparing those states to Gilead. Atwood’s novel still resonates long after it has been published and long after the year of its action has passed. It presents an alternate future of American where the rights of woman are non-existent. There are Hulu series, movie, graphic novel, opera, and ballet adaptions.
There is a sequel coming out later this year
Road to Nowhere series by Meg Ellison
The first book in the series is the Book of the Unnamed Midwife. If any modern book is the successor to Atwood’s Handmaid, it is the Unnamed Midwife. Set in a future where a virus has killed off women, the novel traces the journey of a former midwife as she tries to find a safe space.
Down Girl by Kate Manne
Manne’s work of non-fiction is about the current rash of misogyny, in particular in the media and legal system. It is academic work but not at all dry.
The War on Women by Sue Lloyd-Roberts
This is the book that was left unfinished at the time of Lloyd-Roberts’ death. It is mostly UK-centric, but it does cover the pay gap was well as child brides and forced marriages. Lloyd-Roberts’ BBC programs which cover the same information are available on YouTube.
Suffrajitsu by Tony Wolf
So, this comic book series reimagines the suffragettes as trained ninjas. It is fun.
Eve’s Seed by Robert S. McElvaine
McElvaine’s book about biology and sex can be dry, but it is an important read. Atwood even recommends it.
The Search for an Abolitionist by Nancy H Lee
If you want to know about getting an abolition when they were illegal, in other words the society we might be coming back to, you should read this. Laws such as the ones recently passed can lead to the dangers here.
What We Talk About When We Talk About Rape by Sohalia Abdulali
Abdulali’s book is really about rape, but what we mean when we talk about rape. Considering how rape is being ignored in recent abortion laws, we really need to talk about that.
Boundaries of Her Body by Debran Rowland
It’s massive, but it is look at laws that effect women in the U.S.
The Purity Myth by Jessica Valenti
Valenti’s slim book looks at how people, men in particular, are really concerned about women’s virginity.
From Eve to Dawn 1-4 by Marylin French
French’s four volume history of women in the world is comprehensive.
Sister Citizen by Melissa Harris-Perry
Harris-Perry’s book looks at the intersection of politics, race, and feminism. The abortion laws in the southern states are going to effect minority women to a greater degree than white woman. Just as they will affect poorer women more than rich women.
The Veil and the Male Elite by Fatema Mernissi
One important about women and Islam. Mernissi’s comments and insight are thought provoking.
The Hidden Face of Eve by Nawal el Saadawi
If the orange man was intelligent enough to know who el Saadawi was, he wouldn’t want you to read her book. So, you should read it.
Rape is Rape by Jody Raphael
This might be the best book about rape ever.
Men Explain Things to ME by Rebecca Solnit
Mansplaining. You know what those white men are doing.
Liberty and Sexuality by David Garrow
A good read about the history of reproductive rights
Women & Power by Mary Beard.
Kind of obvious, right?