If you’re anything like me, you probably made some kind of New Year’s resolution to read more books in 2018. Well, guess what? It’s almost September and you haven’t made a particularly impressive dent in your reading list, have you? If you’re looking for some inspiration, check out the following books, all written, edited and illustrated by women.
When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir
By Patrisse Khan-Cullors and Asha Bandele with a foreword by Angela Davis
This powerful memoir paints a picture of what it means to be a black woman in America today. Written by the co-founder of the Black Lives Matter campaign, Patrisse Khan-Cullors, When They Call You a Terrorist follows Khan-Cullors’ life as an activist, growing up in Van Nuys, California where she and her family were constantly treated “like suspects”. A great read if you’re in need of a privilege check.
Dead Girls: Essays on Surviving an American Obsession
By Alice Bolin
In this collection of poignant essays, Alice Bolin ponders the question of why so many works of pop culture focus on the mysterious pull of dead girls — think Twin Peaks and Serial. Bolin highlights America’s obsession with women who are abused or murdered, and whose bodies are used to “bolster” the stories of men.
The Female Persuasion: A Novel
By Meg Wolitzer
Incredibly well-written with authentic characters, Meg Wolitzer’s new novel asks the big questions about consent, the modern feminist, and the importance of female activism. The story begins with a young female student being groped at a party, who is then reluctant to report it: "The idea that something had been done to you seemed to implicate you, even though no one said it did, making your body — which usually lived in darkness beneath your clothing — suddenly live in light."
She Persisted (Around the World): 13 Women Who Changed History
By Chelsea Clinton, illustrated by Alexandra Boiger
For the little feminists in your life, Chelsea Clinton’s second edition of She Persisted tells the story of 13 little girls who dreamt big, even when they were told their dreams didn’t matter. These girls grew up to become sensational women, including Yuan Yuan Tan, J.K. Rowling, and New Zealand’s very own Kate Sheppard. This beautifully-illustrated book is a must-have for every kid’s bookshelf.
Women of Resistance: Poems for a New Feminism
Edited by Danielle Barnhart and Iris Mahan
This collection of feminist poems with a focus on intersectionality cuts across race, sexuality and gender. Contributors include Denice Frohman and Jericho Brown, and a portion of the proceeds go towards supporting Planned Parenthood and the Center for Reproductive Rights.Support Villainesse