Books have the perfect power to inspire, encourage, and support, which is why we love this list of books put together for the feminist in your life! Whether you’re shopping for a guy or a girl, these books will show your loved ones that you’re on their side – the true spirit of the holidays.
How to Build a Girl by Caitlin Moran
The perfect coming-of-age novel for any feminist! How to Build a Girl is Caitlin Moran‘s fiction debut and it’s hilarious, deeply moving, and unforgettable. In it, the fourteen year old Johanna Morrigan reinvents herself as a fast-talking, hard-drinking Gothic hero and full-time Lady Sex Adventurer after shaming herself on local TV. However, she soon learns that she’s built herself with a fatal flaw…
I Am Not a Slut by Leora Tanenbaum
I Am Not a Slut is Leora Tanenbaum‘s groundbreaking take on slut-shaming in the age of sexting, tweeting, and “liking.” She explores the sexual double standards and the effects that it has on young women, especially in a digitized world. It’s an important read for any young women, men, and adults alike.
Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay
Roxane Gay has made a name for herself with her intelligent articles, speeches, and tweets relating to pop culture, gender, and race. In Bad Feminist, she suggests that there’s no such thing as a “perfect feminist,” and shares how readers can work on being more socially aware through a series of entertaining yet important essays. What’s wonderful about Bad Feminist is that Gay not only talks about gender equality, but also introduces intersectionality and encourages readers to think about racial equality as well.
Yes Please by Amy Poehler
I’ve long admired Amy Poehler for her commitment to supporting her peers, young women trying to make it in the improv and comedy scene, and even young girls. Her friendship with Tina Fey is the perfect example that women can support each other while working towards success. In her memoir Yes Please, Poehler not only shares details about her life, but also imparts some wonderful life advice that will have the feminist in your life referencing time and time again.
I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai
Malala Yousafzai is an incredibly inspirational young woman. After speaking out against the oppressive regimes of the Taliban in her hometown in Pakistan and surviving an assassination attempt, Yousafzai went on to win the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014 for her important work on furthering gender equality and advocating for education rights. (Even Emma Watson is a fan!) I Am Malala is a book about Yousafzai’s experiences and is perfect for the feminist who wants to learn more about women’s issues across the world.
Girl in the Woods by Aspen Matis
Aspen Matis‘ memoir about her hike across the Pacific Crest Trail is much more than just that. After being raped on her second night at college, Matis was disheartened by the lack of support she received from her college and family members alike. This beautifully written memoir mixes her hiking tales with her journey to self discovery and healing. It’s moving, compelling, and, ultimately hopeful. Whether you’re hoping to send a dose of inspiration or support, Girl in the Woods is a truly beautiful gift for the holiday season.
Stolen Sisters by Emmanuelle Walter
Stolen Sisters by Emmanuelle Walter is an important read for all feminists and Canadians. Written originally in French and translated to English by Susan Ouriou and Christelle Morelli, Stolen Sisters is a moving representative account of two missing aboriginal teenagers. Stolen Sisters is a moving and deeply shocking work of investigative journalism that makes the claim that not only is Canada failing its First Nations communities, but that a feminicide is taking place.
Headscarves and Hymens by Mona Eltahawy
Drawing on her years as a campaigner and a commentator on women’s issues in the Middle East, Mona Eltahawy notes in Headscarves and Hymens the challenges that women in the Arab world have to face daily. Her book is a plea for outrage and action on their behalf; it confronts the “toxic mix of culture and religion that few seem willing or able to disentangle lest they blaspheme or offend.” A manifesto motivated by hope and fury in equal measure, Headscarves and Hymens is as illuminating as it is incendiary.
Nimona by Noelle Stevenson
For the person on your gift list who loves kickass female characters (which should be everyone)! Nimona, from Noelle Stevenson‘s web comic of the same name, is an impulsive young shapeshifter with a knack for villainy. Follow her in this full-colour graphic novel as she performs small acts of mischief that turn into a vicious battle… Click here for our 5 reasons to get excited about the book!
Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy
Julie Murphy‘s Dumplin’ is perfect for the young feminist in your life! In it, readers are introduced to Willowdean, a teenager who has always felt comfortable in her skin. That is, until her crush starts to notice her back. To fight off her insecurity and prove that beauty comes in all shapes and sizes, Willowdean shocks her community — and herself — by entering the local pageant.
Will you be giving your friends and family any of these books this year? Did we miss anything from this list? Share your thoughts with us on Twitter @SavvyReader or in the comments below!
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