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Join The Feminist Cause With These 7 Beginner Feminist Books

Not sure where to start with educating yourself about the feminist literature? Here’s the only list you’ll ever need!

While it is great that there is a vast feminist literature on the most important topics feminism covers, it might be overwhelming for some. So, to avoid anyone being turned off, we’ve made the 7 beginner books to ease a newcomer into feminist books.

#1 Taking Charge of Your Fertility by Toni Weschler

I read Taking Charge of Your Fertility last year and it is the most important book I have ever read as it helped me learn what is actually going on with my body and health in a way I have never understood in all of my 33 years. This book is a must read for anyone with a uterus who wants to better understand your health and fertility.

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#2 You Are a Badass at Making Money by Jen Sincero

This book is about wealth mindset and many women struggle with demanding to be fairly compensated and recognized for their work. I really did feel like a badass and like I could make more money after reading it.

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#3 I Am a Girl, Hear Me Roar! by Megan Robin

Inspired by the artwork and music of the 1970’s, I Am a Girl, Hear Me Roar! celebrates the strength, beauty and power of girls. Written in uplifting lyrical verse, this book encourages positivity and confidence. Empower the young women in your life with this beautiful reminder of the inner strength inside every woman.

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#4 Delusions of Gender by Cordelia Fine

Delusions of Gender by Cordelia Fine is one of the most accessible and mind-blowing books on feminism I have ever read. Fine writes with a sharp wit that will keep you laughing and thinking while you unlearn gender stereotypes. This book focuses on the fascinating research from social scientists, neurologists, and more challenging the ideas of a “male” and “female” brain. Delusions of Gender will have you rethinking your entire understanding of how identity is formed and just how fluid our ideas of the self are.

Plus, the fact-based writing will help give you firm scientific grounding in feminism to challenge your own prejudice and fight back when facing discrimination from others you encounter. I cannot highly enough recommend this powerhouse of a read.

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#5 Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado

For beginning feminists who love fiction or short stories: look no further than Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado. A thrilling, hilarious, haunting, romantic and eerie set of feminist retellings and original stories—this book will make you feel seen, while unsettling many of the heteronormative tropes in love stories, ghost stories, coming of age tales, and even a few about the apocalypse. Highly original, you won’t be able to put this collection down once you start.

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#6 We Toot: A Feminist Fable About Farting by Ashley Wheelock

According to the United Nations, “the 1.1 billion girls of today’s world are challenging the status quo. They’re redefining girlhood, and they’re doing so against the odds.”

There are lots of ways the status quo is being challenged and one that is particularly important in the #metoo era is helping girls feel agency and pride in their own bodies.

As I’m sure you’ve noticed, children’s books targeted to girls haven’t kept pace with the women’s movement or evolving gender expectations. That’s why my sister and I wrote We Toot, a feminist fable about farting. We invite you to share news about this groundbreaking, stinky children’s book in your beginner feminist book list. After all, gender equality starts in childhood, so the best beginner feminist books are picture books for children.

We Toot is a fart-joke laden whodunit with a powerful message of body positivity, self-acceptance and female friendship. The short picture book features a diverse cast of quirky girls and is designed to normalize normal bodily functions – like a fart! We want all little girls to grow up proud of their amazing bodies and all that they can do, and hope the next generation is better off than women of today.

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#7 Feminism by Sally J. Scholz

An insightful and powerful read, this guide by Sally Scholz provides a coherent dialogue around the issue of feminism and the ongoing struggle for equality. She combines a range of topics that clearly outline the basics of feminism so that even the most basic reader will be convinced that this is a movement worthy of attention and activism.

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Contributors to this article
Rebecca Grubman from N/A

Faith Mariah from Radical Transformation Project

Megan Robin from MeganRobin

Kalev Rudolph from Autoinsuranceez

Ashley Wheelock from House of Tomorrow Books

Adina Mahalli from Enlightened Reality

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