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Books to Read for Women Curious about Women's Rights ...

By Neecey

I don’t know if it’s just me but it seems that equality and women’s rights is quite high on the media agenda in recent months. Women always know this issue is out there but the media has given more and extensive coverage to bring attention to what is only right and proper – that women are considered equal to men in all ways. This has made me realize that I need (and want) to know more about the issue and I’ve got a reading list of books about women’s rights to share with you.

1 Jailed to Freedom: American Women Win the Vote by Doris Stevens

Jailed to Freedom: American Women Win the Vote by Doris StevensA firsthand account from suffragist Doris Stevens about the fight for female equality related to many different events in American history.

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2 The Future of Feminism by Sylvia Walby

The Future of Feminism by Sylvia WalbyAn interesting read that sums up women’s rights and equality to this point, and ventures to guess what the future of the movement might entail.

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3 In Our Time: Memoir of a Revolution by Susan Brownmiller

In Our Time: Memoir of a Revolution by Susan BrownmillerA memoir by a women’s rights activist that gives you insights in to the lives and times of iconic figures including Germaine Greer, Gloria Steinam and Betty Friedan.

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4 Shortchanged: Why Women Have Less Wealth and What Can Be Done about It by Mariko Lin Chang

Shortchanged: Why Women Have Less Wealth and What Can Be Done about It by Mariko Lin ChangAn in depth look at just how bad the difference in pay is for men and women across the United States of America.

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5 At the Dark End of the Street: Black Women, Rape, and Resistance – a New History of the Civil Rights Movement from Rosa Parks to the Rise of Black Power by Danielle L McGuire

At the Dark End of the Street: Black Women, Rape, and Resistance – a New History of the Civil Rights Movement from Rosa Parks to the Rise of Black Power by Danielle L McGuireAn essential book about the history of women’s rights specifically related to black women, including, of course, Rosa Parks and the Montgomery bus riots.

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6 Generation Roe: inside the Future of the Pro-Choice Movement by Sarah Erdreich

Generation Roe: inside the Future of the Pro-Choice Movement by Sarah ErdreichOne of the best books about women’s rights, Generation Roe takes a comprehensive look at the history of reproduction rights from before Wade vs. Roe and beyond it.

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7 The Good Girls Revolt: How the Women of Newsweek Sued Their Bosses and Changed the Workplace by Lynn Povich

The Good Girls Revolt: How the Women of Newsweek Sued Their Bosses and Changed the Workplace by Lynn PovichA book about the battle for fair wages in the work place, specifically the story of 46 female employees at Newsweek in 1970.

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8 Seneca Falls and the Origins of the Women’s Rights Movement by Sally G. McMillen

Seneca Falls and the Origins of the Women’s Rights Movement by Sally G. McMillenA trip to the past that gives the reader a detailed and interesting account of the very first stages of the US women’s rights movement at the Seneca Falls Convention.

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9 The Unfinished Revolution: Voices from the Global Fight for Women’s Rights by Minky Worden

The Unfinished Revolution: Voices from the Global Fight for Women’s Rights by Minky WordenA book that reminds us that even though it is 2016, there is still a lot to be done. Read tales of women’s suffering from America all the way through to the Middle East.

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10 Notes from the Cracked Ceiling: What It Will Take for a Woman to Win by Anne E. Kornblut

Notes from the Cracked Ceiling: What It Will Take for a Woman to Win by Anne E. KornblutAn interesting look at women’s rights and equality from the political side of things; an examination of what exactly it will take for a woman to win the general election.

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11 Recording Gender: Women’s Changing Participation in Computing by Janet Abbate

Recording Gender: Women’s Changing Participation in Computing by Janet AbbateA really interesting book dedicated to the absence of historical credit for women in the computing industry, from World War II all the way through to the twenty first century.

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12 The Becoming of Bodies: Girls, Images, Experience by Rebecca Coleman

The Becoming of Bodies: Girls, Images, Experience by Rebecca ColemanA fascinating book about the study of images, and how images in the media have a direct impact on how women feel about their bodies and subsequently how women are treated.

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13 Modern Women in China and Japan: Gender, Feminism and Global Modernity between the Wars by Katrina Gulliver

Modern Women in China and Japan: Gender, Feminism and Global Modernity between the Wars by Katrina GulliverA complex read about the history of women in Japan and China from the 1930s through to the present day, with the ever-growing influence of the West as a motivator.

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14 The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret AtwoodThis is novel rather than a non-fiction book, but the story about a society where nearly all doors are closed for women is very poignant and can be applied to periods of real life.

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15 When Everything Changed: the Amazing Journey of American Women from 1960 to the Present by Gail Collins

When Everything Changed: the Amazing Journey of American Women from 1960 to the Present by Gail CollinsFocusing on the important decade of the 60s, Gail Collins takes the reader on a journey through the last 50 years of the women’s rights movement.

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16 Reviving Ophelia: Saving the Selves of Adolescent Girls by Mary Pipher

Reviving Ophelia: Saving the Selves of Adolescent Girls by Mary PipherA psychology-heavy book which explores the argument that women become strong when they refuse to be quietened during their adolescent years.

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17 Reading Lolita in Tehran: a Memoir in Books by Azar Nafisi

Reading Lolita in Tehran: a Memoir in Books by Azar NafisiA fascinating story about a woman in Iran who organized a book club for women to read all of the country’s banned literature.

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18 The Second Sex by Simone De Beauvoir

The Second Sex by Simone De BeauvoirOne of the iconic works of feminist literature that still feels as relevant today as it must have done in 1953.

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19 A Vindication of the Rights of Woman by Mary Wollstonecraft

A Vindication of the Rights of Woman by Mary WollstonecraftAnother early work of feminist genius from Mary Wollstonecraft who campaigned and argued for the equal education for young girls and women.

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Happy reading ladies!

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