With International Women’s Day fast approaching, I thought it would only be fitting to share some books from my feminist book shelf. Yes. I have a feminist bookshelf. It’s pretty awesome. Here are my top 5 books written by women, for women that help me feel inspired, empowered, and ready to kick ass!
Rage Becomes Her: The Power of Women’s Anger by Soraya Chemaly
This book should be at the TOP of every women’s feminist book list! Rage Becomes Her takes a deep dive into how society subconsciously genders emotions, specifically anger. It analyzes how women are taught that anger is undesirable and unladylike, while men are taught that anger is a powerful tool that helps them assert their control and masculinity. Soraya discusses how this suppression of anger harms women physically, emotionally, professionally, and politically. She also encourages women to understand, and use their anger to create positive change in the world.
Feminists Don’t Wear Pink (And Other Lies): Amazing Women on What the F-Word Means to Them by Scarlett Curtis
This is the perfect coffee table book. It contains a collection of essays from many women on what feminism means to them. It’s one of those books you can just casually flip through on some downtime for some words of empowerment and encouragement. This book aims to show how our perspectives on feminism mean something different to each and every one of us, and that’s okay.
Unladylike: A Field Guide to Smashing the Patriarchy and Claiming Your Space by Cristen Conger, Caroline Ervin
Another easy read, with lots of humour, infographics, and talks on feminism. This book has something for all ages/stages of life. This book gives an introductory overview and history on many different topics. It isn’t entirely comprehensive, but it’s a good place to start. If you like the unladylike podcast, then you will probably enjoy this book as it is written in the same tone.
#GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso
A modern-day rags to riches story about how Sophia went from being broke af, to creating an online store that made her the successful #girlboss she is today. She’s not afraid to speak her mind and isn’t afraid to get real, blunt, and dish out some tough love. Sophia is living proof that you don’t have to go to college to have a successful career. Entrepreneurs come from all walks of life. If you’re passionate enough about something, then you will succeed.
Little Black Book: A Toolkit for Working Women by Otegha Uwagba
The books description says it all: “Little Black Book: A Toolkit for Working Women is the modern career guide every creative woman needs, whether you’re just starting out or already have years of experience.” Another quick, easy read that is packed with loads of advice for women that are working, especially if you’re a freelancer, or working in a creative field. The book also has lots of helpful external resources listed. Great to have on hand to be able to flip to certain parts of the book for reference as needed.
Are there any books that empower you? Let us know, we love new finds we’ve never read before!