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Experts Tell Us the Best Books For The Modern Feminist

This article showcases our top picks for the Best Books For The Modern Feminist. 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.

Invisible Women by Caroline Criado Perez

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Modern Feminists will feel validated when they read this book and everyone else will be converted to feminism. Criado-Perez discusses how the default male has caused a world where women are routinely overlooked- from the most mundane issue of long bathroom lines to the life and death issues in medical care and car safety. This book is a must-read for everyone!

Modern Women by Kira Cochrane

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Modern Women is a celebration of influential and inspiring women who have changed the world through their lives, work and actions. From suffragettes to scientists, activists to artists, politicians to pilots and writers to riot grrrls, the women included have all paved the way for gender equality in their own indomitable way. Find out about extraordinary women including writer and teacher Maya Angelou, computer scientist Ada Lovelace, abolitionist Harriet Tubman, film star Katharine Hepburn and pioneering musician Björk.

Great Women’s Speeches by Anna Russell

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Great Women’s Speeches is essential reading for pioneering women everywhere.. From Emmeline Pankhurst’s ‘Freedom or Death’ speech and Marie Curie’s trailblazing Nobel lecture, to Michelle Obama speaking on parenthood in politics and Black Lives Matter co-founder Alicia Garza’s stirring ode to black women, the words collected here are empowering, engaging and entirely unapologetic.

Period Queen by Lucy Peach

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For so long, girls are given the ‘talk,’ then told how to ‘manage’ their periods – the beginning of a tedious bloody grind, one of the last great taboos. But the truth is the menstrual cycle has benefits. Big, fantastic, daily, monthly, even lifelong benefits which, when understood, will change the lives of half the people on the planet. By harnessing the power of your menstrual cycle, you’re about to learn the greatest life hack of them all.

The Mountain is You, by Brianna Wiest

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This book invites you to look at your life in a holistic way. It empowers you to recognize your emotions and embrace them. To see how your actions are affecting your everyday life and discover ways to let go of what’s not working. It’s one of those books you could open to almost any page and be inspired. The Mountain is You shows us that everyone has certain emotional blocks or underlying thoughts that cause them to act the way they do. It allows us to have more empathy and compassion for ourselves and others as we continue to evolve as people.

Women Who Boss Up by Tam Luc

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Asian Women Who Boss Up profiles the stories of 18 Asian women who have broken the mold to achieve, overcome difficulties or inspire change through the relentless endeavor. Hailing from across the globe, diverse walks of life and varied disciplines including STEM, healthcare, finance, coaching and non-profits, Women Who BossUp is a welcome companion to any boss or boss in the making.

Prime Time Feminism by Bonnie J. Dow

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This book is an important addition to any modern feminist’s bookshelf because it explains in clear language, using familiar examples, how the media co-opts feminists messages to seem more progressive while also simultaneously containing the power of that rhetoric. Ideology is most powerful when it’s least visible, so understanding how the media can appear to be more feminist than it really is is a very important thing for feminists to understand and be able to point to.

Watching Women’s Liberation, 1970 by Bonnie J. Dow

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This book is important for any modern feminist because, like Prime Time Feminism, it helps readers understand how the media’s (re)presentation of the Women’s Movement helped frame the movement for the television-watching public. The book focuses on how the media reported specific events, such as the Miss America protest, from which the myth of bra burning emerged. It is an excellent book for anyone interested in the impact of media reporting on how feminism was viewed by the watching public and the possible consequences of how the media portrayed the movement.

Shrill by Lindy West

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Modern feminism has been a topic of conversation nowadays. And what is the better way to be knowledgeable in this issue? Read a book. Reading a book brings you to a different dimension so you can fully understand a specific topic. It somehow explains in different ways for easier comprehension. One book I can suggest related to modern feminism is: Body shaming, cyberbullying, rape jokes, name it, the author has experienced it all. In this book, she narrates how she has experienced those things and humorously overcame them. The book is intended not only to educate women but even men. How men’s words can hurt a woman unknowingly and unintentionally, so they should be cautious about what they say. Lastly, it is everyone’s bible because it makes everyone see the side of the victim, how it affects her and how to move on from it.

A Vindication of the Rights of Woman by Mary Wollstonecraft

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As a website founder, I also make time to read books for entertainment and educational purposes. I believe that it is one of the best ways to stay away from gadgets, feel relaxed and get lost in wonder while reading the stories. One of my favorite books that will also be liked by modern feminists is “A vindication of the Rights of Woman” by Mary Wallstonecraft, 1792. The author tells the story on how in her generation, women have gotten equal with men. You can be inspired and feel powerful while reading this, and feel proud as well because you are a woman.

Bad Girls Throughout History by Ann Shen

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I believe in order to understand contemporary feminism, it’s essential to be familiar with its history. Although the fight for gender equality continues, we’ve made huge advances thanks to the pioneers that paved the way. From activists to politicians, royalty to rock stars – This collection features many of these incredible women.

The Beauty Myth by Naomi Wolf

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The most Morden feminist textbook I ever have read. It is also far more accessible than I had imagined. If you’re searching for a historical introduction to the negative structures of beauty in society, this book is perfect for you. I recommend reading it and making up your own opinion, but most of the time it’s quite impartial and considers both sides of the argument. I would highly recommend this book to every feminist.

Beautiful You by Rosie Molinary

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The book is about encouraging women, whatever their size, shape, and color, to work toward feeling wonderful about themselves despite today’s media-saturated culture through a 365-day action plan. When I read, I’ve stuck with the book so far, and I’m committed enough to finish out the year. The message of Beautiful You is extremely important for women. The authors remind us we don’t need to buy into all that negative garbage to feel good about ourselves. This book will help you build your worth. I recommend everyone to read it, regardless of gender identity.

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