16 feminist books to add to your reading list right now

Just in time for International Women’s Day…

International Women’s Day is fast approaching. Across the world people are coming together to push for gender equality and to celebrate the progress that has been made.

Here at Marie Claire, we’re all about taking action, but in order to do this, we must first educate ourselves. ‘Knowledge will bring you the opportunity to make a difference,’ human rights activist Claire Fagin once said, and what better knowledge than through feminist books from the women who have paved the way.


Women and Power: A Manifesto by Mary Beard, was £6.99 now £5.03 | WH Smith
Women and Power is made up of two essays based on Mary’s hit lectures, ‘The Public Voice of Women’ and ‘Women in Power’. Analysing Homer and Ovid, this manifesto traces the roots of misogyny back to Athens and Rome, looking into how history has treated powerful women.

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The Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedan, £9.99 | Foyles
The Feminine Mystique is a landmark book, challenging the assumption that women could be fulfilled through housework and motherhood alone. It is often credited with sparking the second-wave feminism in the US.

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We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, £5.99 | Waterstones
We Should All Be Feminists is an essay adapted from Nigerian author Chimanda Ngozi Adichie’s 2012 TEDx talk, breaking down the definition of feminism for the 21st century.

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That’s why we asked our Features Editor, Jenny Proudfoot, to collate her favourite feminist book recommendations. And with works from Simone de Beauvoir and Gloria Steinem to Charly Cox and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, there’s no shortage of inspiration.

We’ve also included some of our favourite new releases, with works by Emily Ratajkowski, Saba Sams and more. There is something for everyone, from personal essays, informative short stories and unforgettable memoirs that you won’t want to put down. If you’re looking for another way to show your support, don’t forget to check out our round up of the best feminist slogan tees. Happy International Women’s Day fellow change-makers!

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