Actress, model, and UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson recently started a feminist book club called “Our Shared Shelf.” We’re all in, and even better, we have a few suggestions. Here are 16 books to read in your feminist book club.
We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
In this short, but powerful essay based on her TEDx Talk, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie writes about the importance of gender and gender equality.
Dietland by Sarai Walker
Our favorite feminist manifesto of 2015 will have you ready to revolt faster than you can say patriarchy.
Feminism Is For Everybody by bell hooks
Every feminist should be acquainted with the great bell hooks, and this exploration of race and class-spanning feminism is an essential introduction.
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
Margaret Atwood’s classic imagines a dystopia where rich families have returned to the nightmarish practice of using concubines to conceive children.
Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay
Bad Feminist became an instant classic thanks to Roxane Gay’s astute and witty essays on gender, sexuality, and race.
The Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedan
Betty Friedan’s landmark book The Feminine Mystique identified a problem that had no name, sparked a new dialogue for women, and launched the second-wave feminist movement.
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
Plath’s only novel chronicles the breakdown of aspiring poet Esther Greenwood, as societal and internal pressures drive her to contemplate (and attempt) suicide.
Men Explain Things to Me by Rebecca Solnit
This scathing, hilarious essay collection inspired the term “mansplaining,” which is (despite claims that argue otherwise) definitely a real phenomenon.
The Adventures of Superhero Girl by Faith Erin Hicks
The young superheroine of this comic doesn’t just battle out-of-this-world monsters — she’s forced to reckon with the ones in everyday life, too.
Spinster by Kate Bolick
Don’t be surprised if your views on marriage do a 180 after reading Bolick’s part-memoir, part-biography of some thoroughly modern women from history.
Bossypants by Tina Fey
Tina Fey’s memoir includes self-deprecating essays on body image, hilarious anecdotes from the set of Saturday Night Live, and razor-sharp responses to shut down the haters.
A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf
Virginia Woolf’s writing often explores feminist themes, but her classic work A Room of One’s Own offers the best discussion on the role of women in fiction.
The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin
LeGuin’s genre-transcendent work always gazes deep into the human soul, even when those humans exist in fantasy or science-fiction worlds. In her most acclaimed work, an interstellar human ambassador’s encounter with a genderless planet forces him (and the reader) to reconsider everything he thinks about men, women, and identity.
The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir
“One is not born, but rather becomes, a woman,” writes Simone de Beauvoir in what has become one of the most significant books in feminist philosophy.
Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling
In the follow-up to her memoir Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? Mindy Kaling provides more “down-to-earth, everygirl essays” on topics like her sorority experience, filming sex scenes, and running her own TV show.
Science…For Her! by Megan Amram
Parks and Recreation writer Megan Amram’s hilarious book is a pitch-perfect satire of women’s magazines.