Some people are unsure if they should call themselves a feminist as they don’t know what feminism means. Feminism is the belief that men and women should be equal.  

Over the last 100 years, women have made massive achievements, with many books shining a light on gender inequalities. Feminism has been brought to the forefront of everyone’s minds and is a hot topic for many students. 

Feminist literature delves into many topics surrounding women’s lives from their social rights to defending equal civil and economic rights. Books generally expose women’s roles as being unequal to men and illustrate the generally negative consequences for women in society. 

Below are 10 of the most searched books on feminism in 2022, check them out to help educate yourself on this important topic or share with a partner or old-fashioned thinking relative to bring them up to speed with the world today.

Critical Race Theory: The Key Writings That Formed the Movement 

Kimberlé Crenshaw, Neil Gotanda, Garry Peller, Kendall Thomas, Cornel West 

A concept, more than 40 years in the making, Critical Race Theory explores the idea that race is a social construct, not just part of individual bias or prejudice but something entrenched in legal systems and policies. 

A wave of new progressive intellectuals in recent years has altered the way important topics such as law, race, and racial power are discussed in America. Challenging views of both liberals and conservatives this book presents new ideas for understanding radical injustice and linking race, gender, sexual orientation, and class. 

No longer is the past in the past. This book opens up discussions to change and adapt the thinking about many important topics.  

Teaching to Transgress: Education as the Practice of Freedom (Harvest in Translation) 

Bell Hooks 

Encouraging students to push the boundaries of many controversial topics to enable free thinking and questioning in a troubled world. Developing critical thinking to shape the education today asking questions such as; how do we engage those who do not want to learn? And how do we deal with racism and sexism within the classroom? 

This book integrates hands-on classroom learning with connecting with individuals’ feelings and emotions to deliver material full of passion, that is not afraid to ask daring questions on less covered topics such as rage, grief, and reconciliation. 

Teaching to Transgress is the struggle of one gifted teacher to make the classroom work. 

Color, Communism and Common Sense 

Manning Johnson 

Color, Communism, and Common Sense depicts the story of a black American communist who became disenchanted by the world of communism. Telling their story, they explain how for ten years they dedicated their life to communism, working hard and putting in maximum effort to help the communist model succeed.  

Discover the author’s views on the end of capitalism and their belief that this would mark a period of peace and prosperity for people of all races and classes.  

Find out about the red conspiracy and wonder if this is the way to a better more superior world system. 

Microaggressions in Everyday Life – 10 edition 

Derald Wing Sue, Lisa Spanierman 

An essential guide to microaggressions, this edition offers a well-rounded look at microaggressions including classifying different types and offering solutions to end microaggressions ranging from the individual level right up until the community level. 

Not only do you get to examine the various forms of microaggression within society but this book explores their impact and the potential harm caused to people’s wellbeing and self-esteem. 

At the end of each chapter is now a ‘way forward’ section providing guides and strategies that can be implemented to help make out society microaggression-free. 

Living A Feminist Life  

Sara Ahmed 

Ahmed describes feminist theory and explores how this can be used within everyday life, giving real examples of how living as a feminist at home and work. 

Continuing to build on the legacies of feminist of color scholarship, she provides a candid and personal look at how easy it is for feminists to become alienated from their immediate world. Generally, through bringing attention to problems and their efforts to change them. 

This book concludes with the killjoy survival kit and killjoy manifesto, which offer practical tools and advice on how to live a more feminist life. 

Little Women  

Louisa May Alcott 

A true classic, Little Women explores a multitude of timeless themes including love and death, war and peace, the clash of personal ambition, and family responsibilities. 

Based on her early life Alcott created a lasting story beloved by many. Following the lives of 4 girls and begins during their teenage years. Over their lives, the story shows how their ambitions in life alter, with their main lesson in life unfolding to show that no amount of wealth can create happiness above a loving family. 

A story of real life, happiness, love, grief, and realization, each girl sharing their life journey. 

Hood Feminism: Notes from the Women That a Movement Forgot  

Mikki Kendall 

Kendal argues that feminists today focus on ‘increasing privilege for the few’ and not on ‘basic survival for the many’. Without the issues of food insecurity, quality education, safe neighborhoods, a decent wage, and medical care being addressed, feminism itself cannot move forward. 

If there is still a divide within women on these issues it is impossible to stand in solidarity and make a difference in the world. With the oppression of a group within a group becoming extremely prevalent in today’s society Kendall tries to address how this can be remedied so the feminist movement and move forward as one. 

Good and Mad: The Revolutionary Power of Women’s Anger 

Rebecca Traister 

This book explores the power female anger has to change the course of the world when used effectively and collectively on a host of important topics throughout history. Before Pantsuit Nation, the Women’s March, and the #MeToo movement, female anger was consistently politically problematic and catalytic. 

Focusing on the double standards held against women by both men and women, this book is perfectly timed during a period of change and shift within the world.  

Traister investigates women’s anger at both the sexes; anger based on the idea of idyllic allies and foes; the varied ways anger is received depending on who expresses it; and the way women’s collective fury has transformed certain political agendas.  

A Woman Is No Man  

Etaf Rum 

A story of three generations of Palestinian-American women, a mother, a daughter, and over encompassing mother-in-law. History begins to repeat itself as Deya starts to meet suitors she has no interest in, being told she has no choice but to marry. A similar fate that met her mother, Isra, years before when marrying her father. 

If only her parents hadn’t died in a car crash when Deya was 8, things might have been very different. A mysterious note from a familiar-looking stranger makes Deya question everything she ever knew about her family. 

A story of culture and honor, secrets and betrayals, love and violence, you will be gripped by the intimate look at a closed cultural, controlling world from start to finish. 

Girl Decoded: A Scientist’s Quest to Reclaim Our Humanity By Bringing Emotional Intelligence to Technology 

Rana El KaliouBy 

A bewitching memoir of an Egyptian-American overcoming the odds to become a pioneer within her field. Discover many facts about her personal transformation from a ‘nice Egyptian girl’ to moving to America to cofound Affectiva and find her true calling, to humanize technology before it dehumanizes us. 

Human communication is mainly nonverbal, technology such as smartphones take this away from us, resulting in an emotion-blind universe void of empathy a key factor separating us from the machines we use every day. 

Follow El KaliouBy’s journey into Emotion AI and developing technologies that understand humans the way we understand each other.

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