Experts Tell Us the Best Feminist Classic Books

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This article showcases our top picks for the Best Feminist Classic Books. We reached out to industry leaders and experts who have contributed the suggestions within this article (they have been credited for their contributions below). We are keen to hear your feedback on all of our content and our comment section is a moderated space to express your thoughts and feelings related (or not) to this article This list is in no particular order.

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

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This book is incredibly interesting. Many may disagree, comparing it to others that are similar and released at a similar time, but there’s something in here that really stands out. Plath’s background in poetry is really what makes this book shine, giving very vivid and elaborative words to describe settings; words that so perfectly describe everything that it is very easy to visualise. Her eloquent language really helps this book to be held high above others and is also put to excellent use as the book progresses and the true themes she wishes to convey become extremely apparent.

Sister Citizen by Melissa Harris-Perry

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An inspirational story that dissects the stereotypes and prevailing myths of black women. This tells how contemporary black womanhood affects self-perception and political identities. Leaving a message to everyone that no matter who you are, the important thing is blending cultural critique and political science.

Little Women By Louisa May Alcott

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Written in an age where women were culturally viewed as subservient to men, this book celebrates the independence and dreams of four sisters. Their mother will not stand for them to be mistreated and encourages them to pursue their dreams and develop their confidence. Each sister’s unique personality is celebrated. Readers will be motivated to be themselves and follow their desires because you can’t find happiness by trying to fit a mold.

In the Company of Women by Grace Bonney

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A wonderful book full of inspiring women entrepreneurs. Women from many different backgrounds and many who faced adversity.

This Bridge Called My Back By Radical Women Of Color

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This book is a precious gem for the readers. You will be under its spell after finishing the book. The book is political, gender, class, and sexual orientation, and the essays and poetry are still inspirational and relevant. The book will forever be a reference, no matter if it was published a long time ago. I strongly recommended that this is a book, that every feminist should read and let this book change your mind and maybe your life.

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

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One of the gold-standard of feminist fiction now turned into a critically acclaimed TV series. The Handmaid’s tale follows Offed, a member of the fertile female servant class that is treated as breeding stock by an oppressive, near-future society — all in the name of replenishing the diminished population. When the reproductive rights of women are yet politically contentious. This novel is a reminder of what society usually considers a woman’s worth.

The Color Purple by Alice Walker

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Celie, a young black woman born into poverty. As a sister, wife, and mother, Celie suffers from unimaginable hardship, until she meets singer and magic-maker Shug Avery. He teaches her to harness the power of her spirit and take control of her destiny. In this lyrical and haunting novel, walker called herself a ‘womanist’ portrays the oppression and triumphs of black women, the horrors of physical and sexual abuse, and the ongoing struggle to overcome the double jeopardy of racism and sexism.

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