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14 Books for Every Feminists Bookshelf

Books that speak to the feminist in you

Being a feminist means that you never stop learning about women’s rights and the feminist movements that have occurred throughout time. These books explore feminist history and theories, inspire readers to be better versions of themselves and tell the uplifting life stories of fellow feminists.

#1 Tree of Lives by Elizabeth Garden

Tree of Lives by Elizabeth Garden
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The Tree of Lives by Elizabeth Garden was recommended by Dennis Payne from CityRoom.

Tree of Lives is the inspiring story of a scrappy artist who creates the life she envisioned despite the many men who sought to control, abuse, manipulate and take advantage of her. Ruth, the female protagonist and ultimate survivor, came from a seemingly normal suburban Connecticut family with a horrific secret. An epic journey of female triumph over unaddressed family and societal trauma, Tree of Lives is a two-track story of a determined women’s struggle to make her own life after being stymied at every turn, using wit, grit, art and a wide open heart.

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#2 So Here I Am: Speeches by great women to empower and inspire by Anna Russell

So Here I Am: Speeches by great women to empower and inspire by Anna Russell
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This anthology of outspoken women throughout history is essential reading for anyone who believes that change is not only possible, it is necessary. The first dedicated collection of seminal speeches by women from around the world, So Here I Am is about women at the forefront of change – within politics, science, human rights and media; discussing everything from free love, anti-war, scientific discoveries, race, gender and women’s rights.

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#3 Women Kind: Unlocking the Power of Women Supporting Women by Dr. Kristin Ferguson

Women Kind: Unlocking the Power of Women Supporting Women by Dr. Kristin Ferguson
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Women are rallying together in a massive and unstoppable force to make their voices heard around the world in ways we have never seen before. When Dr Kirstin Ferguson, an Australian company director, decided she was fed up with the vicious online abuse of women she turned the tables and used social media to create the #CelebratingWomen campaign, profiling two women from all walks of life and from anywhere in the world, every day for a year.

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#4 Flying Alone: A Memoir by Elizabeth Ruggiero

Flying Alone: A Memoir by Elizabeth Ruggiero
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The Flying Alone: A Memoir by Elizabeth Ruggiero was recommended by Elizabeth Ruggiero from Beth’s Books.

Flying Alone is the story of a young woman’s relentless determination to become an airline pilot in the 1980s, when there were few women in the field. Starting at a small local airport, the aviation world swallowed Elizabeth whole, and the next five years of her life were as turbulent as an airplane in a thunderstorm, never knowing when, how or if she would emerge. An agonizing love affair with her flight instructor, dangerous risks in the sky and flying broken airplanes for shady companies all intertwined to define her road to the airlines. She made it to her goal and was hired by Trans World Airlines in 1989. Flying Alone is told with soul-baring candor, taking readers on a suspenseful journey through the terror, romance and ultimate victory of those years.

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#5 Tossing the Tiara by Jeanne Martinson

Tossing the Tiara by Jeanne Martinson
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Women beginning their careers today believe most gender issues were addressed in their mother’s generation. However, the decisions this generation of younger women are making regarding careers, relationships and money are grounded in beliefs that they developed while being raised in the current princess culture within North America. The Disney princess phenomenon has shaped our beliefs about everything from pay equity to home purchases. Once informed and aware of these influences, women of all ages can make better decisions to create the wealthy and happy future they seek.

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#6 The Awakening: A Novel (Modern Library Torchbearers) by Kate Chopin

The Awakening: A Novel (Modern Library Torchbearers) by Kate Chopin
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This was the first feminist book I had to read in school. At the time, I had no idea it was about feminism topics. But the way it frankly discusses women roles in society, depression and sex was very modern feeling for a classic book written in the 1800s. It’s one of the first feminism novels I believe. The book really resonated with me years ago and still today and also at this time in our social and political climate.

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#7 This Book Is Anti-Racist by Tiffany Jewell

This Book Is Anti-Racist by Tiffany Jewell
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Who are you? What is racism? Where does it come from? Why does it exist? What can you do to disrupt it? Learn about social identities, the history of racism and resistance against it, and how you can use your anti-racist lens and voice to move the world toward equity and liberation. Gain a deeper understanding of your anti-racist self as you progress through 20 chapters that spark introspection, reveal the origins of racism that we are still experiencing and give you the courage and power to undo it. Each chapter builds on the previous one as you learn more about yourself and racial oppression.. Exercise prompts get you thinking and help you grow with the knowledge.

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#8 The Power Book: What is it, Who Has it and Why? by Claire Saunders

The Power Book: What is it, Who Has it and Why? by Claire Saunders
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What makes you the boss of me? What makes a king a king, or a queen a queen? Why can some people vote for their leaders, but other people can’t? Does having lots of money make you powerful? Why are there fewer female scientists, leaders and artists than men in history books? These are things that children wonder about. Beautifully illustrated and thought-provoking, The Power Book attempts to answer these and other questions in a relatable way for young children. Readers will gain an understanding of their place in their family, their school, and the world, and will discover ways in which they can use their own power to shape the future.

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#9 Step into Your Power: 23 lessons on how to live your best life by Jamia Wilson

Step into Your Power: 23 lessons on how to live your best life by Jamia Wilson
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Listen up sister! You’ve heard about heroes and read about the greats, but how do you actually get there yourself? This book shows you how to make your big dreams a big reality. Learn from the lived experience of author Jamia Wilson and illustrator Andrea Pippins as they mentor you through growing up in the modern world, and teach you how to STEP INTO YOUR POWER. ‘Slay your fear!’ ‘You’ve got this!’ ‘Take heart and trust your gut!’ In this friendly guide, ‘big sister’ Jamia Wilson helps you achieve your dreams and know your rights with caring advice and actions you can take and make your very own. Explore what it means to know and trust your insights and capabilities with stories, images, activities, resources and action prompts that you can interact with on your own time and, most importantly, on your terms. Unlock your power and be yourself – you may just change the world!

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#10 Boss the Bestseller List like JK Rowling by Caroline Moss

Boss the Bestseller List like JK Rowling by Caroline Moss
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When Joanne Rowling was a young woman, she found herself down and out of luck. But, she had a best-selling idea and a tenacious spirit. If only she could find someone who wanted to publish her book…Discover how J. K. Rowling became a best-selling author and publishing sensation in this true story of her life. Then, learn 10 key lessons from her work you can apply to your own life.

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#11 Run the Show Like CEO JK Rowling by Caroline Moss

Run the Show Like CEO JK Rowling by Caroline Moss
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When Oprah Winfrey was a little girl, she watched her grandma hang clothes out on the line. Oprah adored her grandma, but she knew in that moment her life was going to be different… And she was right. Discover how Oprah became a billionaire CEO and media mogul in this true story of her life. Then, learn 10 key lessons from her work you can apply to your own life. Featuring inspiring quotes and mantras, this is a book for all kids wanting to forge their own career path

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#12 Little People, Big Dreams: Wilma Rudolph by Isabel Sanchez Vegara

Little People, Big Dreams: Wilma Rudolph by Isabel Sanchez Vegara
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Wilma was born into a family with 22 brothers and sisters, in the segregated South. She contracted polio in her early years and her doctors said she would never walk again. But Wilma persisted with treatment, and she recovered her strength by the age of 12. At school, Wilma showed a talent for basketball and sprinting, earning the nickname Skeeter (mosquito) as she ran so fast. Wilma was in college when she went to the 1960 Olympics. She not only won gold in sprint events, but also broke world records with her sprinting skill. She had beaten polio to become an Olympic champion. She is a huge inspiration to many women in sports around the world. This moving book features stylish and quirky illustrations and extra facts at the back, including a biographical timeline with historical photos and a detailed profile of the athlete’s life.

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#13 Little People, Big Dreams: Dolly Parton by Isabel Sanchez Vegara

Little People, Big Dreams: Dolly Parton by Isabel Sanchez Vegara
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Little Dolly grew up in Tennessee in a family ‘as poor as dirt’. She started performing at an early age, singing on local radio and television. After graduating high school, she moved to Nashville to pursue her singing dreams.. Her managers wanted her to sing pop, but she followed her heart to sing and write country songs. Her heart was right – Dolly became a musical superstar, but she never forgot where she came from. She now uses her wealth to give back to people, children and animals in need. This moving book features stylish and quirky illustrations and extra facts at the back, including a biographical timeline with historical photos and a detailed profile of the singer’s life.

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#14 Ella May Does It Her Way by Mick Jackson

Ella May Does It Her Way by Mick Jackson
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The Ella May Does It Her Way by Mick Jackson was recommended by Mel Schuit from The Quarto Group.

Hello and welcome to Ella May, the girl who likes to do things her way. In the first of this brilliant new series all about an imaginative, strong-willed girl character with her own ideas, Ella May tries walking backwards, just to see how it feels. In her bedroom she tries reading her books backwards, and after dinner she goes backwards up to the bathroom and climbs backwards into bed. When Ella goes backwards up the slide and backwards over the castle, Ella’s mum decides to turn around and walk backwards next to Ella, to make it easier for them to talk. Pretty soon, half the town is walking backwards in a giant, backwards-walking procession. Where will it end?

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Contributors to this article
Dennis Payne from CityRoom

Lydia Rasmussen from Quarto Publishing Group

Elizabeth Ruggiero from Beth’s Books

Jeanne Martinson from Martrain Corporate & Personal Development

Amber Faust from Faust Island

Mel Schuit from The Quarto Group

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