We can hardly believe it’s been almost one year since the 2017 Women’s March. And we can’t wait to march again this year. In honor of the 2018 Women’s March, we’ve been reading up on important issues, brainstorming what to write on our march signs, and planning our resistance wear. (Check out these feminist T-Shirts that support charitable organizations!) Another way to get into the 2018 Women’s March spirit? By reading some feminist books.
Knowledge is power. And these authors are rich with important information, stories, lessons, and advice. There are feminist dystopian novels set in not-too-distant futures. Collections of essays penned by some of our favorite feminist writers. Informative reads detailing women’s rights issues. Whether you’re participating in the 2018 Women’s March or not, each of these feminist books will inspire you to keep fighting.
Best of all, these books will meet you wherever you are in your level of activism. These authors are not here to judge you or call you out for not doing enough. They’re here to further your education and inspire you to define what resistance means to you personally.
Here are 11 feminist books that will get you fired up for the 2018 Women’s March and beyond!
1Together We Rise by The Women’s March Organizers
What better way to honor the Women’s March than by reading a book compiled by the Women’s March organizers? Together We Rise: Behind the Scenes at the Protest Heard Around the World is a collection of essays from inspiring women like Gloria Steinem, Roxane Gay, Elaine Welteroth, and America Ferrera. And you’ll definitely want to read our interview with Tabitha St. Bernard and Paola Mendoza, two of the Women’s March organizers.
2The Power by Naomi Alderman
Trust us — The Power is the next Handmaid’s Tale. It even has the Margaret Atwood seal of approval. In her words: “Will knock your socks off! Then you’ll think twice, about everything.”
3DIY Rules for a WTF World by Krista Suh
Pink pussyhats were a staple of the 2017 Women’s March, and they’re sure to pop up again at the 2018 Women’s March. The Pussyhat Project was started by Krista Suh, who recently published a book on January 16th about finding your own creative ways to resist. Definitely check out DIY Rules for a WTF World: How to Speak Up, Get Creative, and Change the World.
4It’s Messy: Essays on Boys, Boobs, and Badass Women by Amanda de Cadenet
We live for books filled with feminist essays that go there. Amanda de Cadenet’s collection is overflowing with inspiring stories, important conversations, and sound advice.
5Periods Gone Public by Jennifer Weiss-Wolf
In our current political climate, there are many feminist issues to get behind. One of our biggest causes is allowing women to make their own decisions about their health and bodies. In Periods Gone Public: Taking a Stand for Menstrual Equity, Jennifer Weiss-Wolf offers an in-depth look at the history of the politics behind our periods.
6The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
If you’ve been meaning to read The Handmaid’s Tale for a while, the time is now. And if you’ve already read it, well, a re-read never hurt anybody, right? (Season 2 premieres on Hulu on April 25th!)
7F*cked by Corinne Fisher and Krystyna Hutchinson
You may know Corinne Fisher and Krystyna Hutchinson from their popular podcast, Guys We F*cked. In 2017, they took things a step further and released F*cked: Being Sexually Explorative and Self-Confident in a World That’s Screwed. The book continues the conversations of their anti slut-shaming podcast, including topics like how to stop giving into shame and why we should stop faking orgasms.
8Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud by Anne Helen Petersen
You’ve heard the criticisms over and over: Hillary Clinton is too shrewd. Serena Williams is too strong. Melissa McCarthy is too fat. Well, Anne Helen Petersen decided to change the way people think about these so-called “unruly” women. Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud: The Rise and Reign of the Unruly Woman analyzes how modern female celebrities are pushing boundaries and challenging expectations, provoking an important discussion.
9Red Clocks by Leni Zumas
It’s true — we can’t stop talking about Red Clocks. If you’re looking for an imaginative feminist dystopian fiction read, this will look great on your bookshelf between The Handmaid’s Tale and The Power.
10Roses and Radicals by Susan Zimet, out January 16th
How much do you really know about the fight to ratify the 19th Amendment? There’s a lot more to the story than we learned in elementary school. And Roses and Radicals: The Epic Story of How American Women Won the Right to Vote will help fill in the gaps. It’s perfect for readers of all ages!
11American Hookup by Lisa Wade
Every time we see a news story about campus sexual assault, our hearts break. American Hookup: The New Culture of Sex on Campus is an informative and eye-opening look at hookup culture and its effects on students of different races, socioeconomic classes, and backgrounds.