What does feminism really mean? Should we all be feminists? What are that concerns surround feminism today? These questions are ones many women want answered. We can often find ourselves dismissing the questions raised, and rather than exploring the issue further some of us can be hesitant to delve into the world of feminism. It has a bad reputation and over the years negative connotations have been thrust upon the topic resulting in issues that still surround it today.
However it is no longer a taboo subject and if you are looking to learn more about feminism from a humorous or political perspective then take a look at these empowering and educational reads.
Yes Please – Amy Poehler
A warming introduction to feminism, Yes Please takes a personal and amusing approach to the women’s movement and liberation. The Parks and Recreation star has written a comical piece that is full of stories; advice, poems, and tips that will make you laugh out loud but leave you feeling motivated and inspired. If you are looking for a light-hearted read that has an entertaining approach to feminism then this is the book for you.
The Feminine Mystique – Betty Freidan
The Feminine Mystique is a classic that was published over five decades ago. Highlighting the struggles that our female ancestors went through, it really defines what feminism is all about and gives you a history lesson along the way.
I Call Myself a Feminist – Various Authors
A collection of different opinions from 25 different women on feminism, this book shows you that there is no right or wrong answer. It sheds light on the question many women ask themselves before identifying as a feminist including “should you tell people you are a feminist?” and “is it ok to be sceptical of feminism?”I call myself a feminist gives relatable opinions and shows how being a feminist in the twenty-first century can alter your views. Topics include politics, social media, and cultural differences, and how they all have their effects on feminism. If you are looking to become more open minded and learn about the different perspectives of feminism then this is the book for you.
Girl Boss – Sophia Amoruso
A true business inspiration, the founder and chairman of Nasty Gal teaches you to embrace your bossiness, confidence and just be unapologetically yourself. Amorusos talks through her road to success, sharing her ambitious and honest stories and leading the way with motivational quotes. If you are ready to take control of your life and focus on your business then this book is undoubtedly for you.
Full Frontal Feminism – Jessica Valenti
Jessica Valenti explains how feminism doesn’t have to be political and gives you an insight into what if means to be a feminist and how it can affect you. With topics including health, violence, relationship and pop culture Valenti explains why feminism matters,and this authentic read contains real stories alongside positive and progressive messages from the found of feministing.com
We Should All Be Feminists – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
21st century feminist? The award-winning author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie talks about the hesitations women have about labelling themselves a feminist. This powerful essay is an intuitive read that opens the door to what being a feminist really means, why the world should be feminists and the reasons as to why it exists. A popular read We Should All be Feminist sheds light on the awareness being raised and why there is still so much change left to achieve in the fight for gender equality.
Words: Georgia Knight
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