The Top 5 Feminist Fiction Books Every Woman Should Read
Five of the Best Feminist Fiction
Feminist fiction is one of my favourite genres to read. Anything that makes me proud to be a woman or makes me realise how important it is to still be a feminist is great in my book (had to get a pun in here somewhere!) So in this article I have listed my top 5 feminist books that I think every women should read.
I will always, always, ALWAYS adore this book. She is a bit thick, but I honestly didn’t even notice because the story is so brilliant. It follows the lives of three young women who join the fight to vote. There’s so much to love about this book, from the bad-ass characters to the incredibly sweet love story between May and Nell. This is a book that I always recommend to everyone as it’s one I believe everyone should read. It is fiction, but it draws on some very real experiences that real women would’ve had to have gone through.
In this non-fiction book, Cathy Newman writes about the pioneering women who went against all odds and made history. Of course, she talks about the regular household names, but also of the women whose names have been forgotten. If you’re looking to feel a huge amount of pride to be a woman, this book is definitely for you.
The Water Cure is a pretty haunting novel that follows the lives of three sisters who have grown up on a remote island and, as women, have to go through a serious of pretty horrific rituals such as drowning. Now, a lot of you may be thinking that this doesn’t sound like a book that will make you feel good about being a woman at all, but hear me out. After reading this book and reading what these poor girls had to go through, it made me more of an angry feminist than ever. It made me recognise my privilege as a woman living in the UK and realise that there is still a hell of a long way to go in order for every woman in this world to be considered ‘equal’. Of course, as far as I know, woman are not being kept away from men on an island and forced to partake in cult like activities, but there are still women who don’t get equal opportunities as men and who are forced into marriages. So yes, I would call this book a feminist book because it reminded me than feminism is an ongoing battle.
Red Clocks is about the lives of five women in a new America where abortion has become illegal again. I have always been pro-choice. There is nothing anyone can say that would make me change my mind, and I would never do anything to try and convince someone who is pro-life that they are wrong. We are all allowed our own opinions. But for me, I can’t imagine a world where I didn’t have the choice. In many places across the world, women don’t have a choice. Heck, it’s only recently in Northern Ireland that the abortion law has changed! I got quite emotional reading this book as I had to follow one girls journey to obtain an abortion illegally. Again, this book I class as feminism in the same way that I class The Water Cure as feminism, it reminds me of why I became a feminist in the first place.
I ended up adoring this book after a very rocky start. Essie is such an incredible character, she is smart and cunning and stuck in a situation that she has no control over. In The Book of Essie, Essie takes control of her life after it being controlled by her family for her entire 16 years, and she does it in a way that makes her mother believe that she is the one that’s in control – brilliant! This books takes a dark turn that I wasn’t expecting and I completely commend Essie on her bravery. She’s an incredible character.
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