Women’s History Month has always seemed like a consolation prize, or rather a participation trophy given to “women” as acknowledgement that we exist, and are important. An entire month of acknowledgement is supposed to somehow make us forget that MEN are systematically taking away our rights. Women’s History Month is only necessary because women are still being held down, and held back. I don’t see a “Men’s History Month”, and you know why? Because every month of every year since the dawn of time is Men’s History Month.
But I don’t want a month. I don’t want a “special” anything. The world should be a place where there isn’t a second thought about a woman running for president, or running a country. Where we don’t talk about a woman’s appearance before her accomplishments. Where women and men can work and live together without sexism getting in the way.
But that day isn’t here. They threw us a bone called “Women’s History Month” so I’ll take it and run. The following list is made up of some of my favorite books which I would consider Feminist. I didn’t put any of the famous books on the list because… who wants to read the same lists over and over? Hopefully you will find some new, interesting and favorites among these. And yes. There are books written by men on this list. I hope you are not so ignorant as to think men can’t be feminists.
- Herland, by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
- The Temple of my Familiar, by Alice Walker
- A Bloodsmoor Romance, By Joyce Carol Oates
- Spinster, by Kate Bolic
- Yes, Please, by Amy Poehler
- Around the World with Auntie Mame, by Patrick Dennis
- The Mists of Avalon, By Marion Zimmer Bradley
- Parable of the Sower, by Octavia Butler
- Men Explain Things to Me, by Rebecca Solnit
- Even Cowgirls Get the Blues, by Tom Robbins
- Mildred Pierce, by James M. Cain
- The Hours, by Michael Cunningham
- The Robber Bride, by Margaret Atwood
- The World According to Garp, by John Irving
- I Feel Bad About My Neck, by Nora Ephron
- Middlesex, by Jeffrey Eugenides