15 Books To Spark Your Feminist Awakening

We asked women on BuzzFeed’s editorial staff what book gave them their “a-ha!” feminist moment. A starter guide to your feminist reading collection, below.

The Hidden Face of Eve, Nawal El Saadawi

The Hidden Face of Eve , Nawal El Saadawi

"[This book] was one of the first times I looked at Western society through the eyes of a woman who was completely outside the culture rather than straddling the line, like myself and other marginalized people living inside the society. The similarities I saw between the two of us gave me a greater understanding of intersectionality, and it really illustrated and highlighted for me the need for womanism. It made me think of women globally, rather than locally, which is an incredibly powerful thing." —Tracy


The Handmaid's Tale, Margaret Atwood*

The Handmaid's Tale , Margaret Atwood*

"It's about a future world where women are essentially ranked by how fertile they are, and 'religion' is used to create this severely twisted society where women aren't allowed to read or think freely. It was frightening to read and made me really mad."

*Atwood was recommended a lot: Other notable titles include The Edible Woman and Good Bones and Simple Murders.


Feminist Theory: From Margin to Center, bell hooks

Feminist Theory: From Margin to Center , bell hooks

"I probably understood like half of it when I read it for the first time (eighth/ninth grade?), but this is teen-friendly in its length, and it blew my mind." —Naomi


Weetzie Bat, Francesca Lia Block

Weetzie Bat , Francesca Lia Block

"Francesca Lia Block's books were the first time that I considered a world where women could both love clothes and boys and sex and also be powerful and smart and independent. I read and re-read and re-read them, and I figure they had as much of an influence on who I am as my closest friends did." —Summer


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