Happy International Women's Day!

Friday 8 March 2013

In honour of International Women’s Day I’ve resurrected (and added to) my list of the kick ass books I wish were available to me in high school, but luckily found in my twenties. These are books that need to be read by anyone who has ever thought that the fight for women's rights is over.

“... The hope I have for women: that we can start to see ourselves — and encourage men to see us — as more than just the sum of our sexual parts: not as virgins or whores, as mothers or girlfriends, or as existing only in relation to men, but as people with independent desires, hopes and abilities. But I know that this can't happen as long as American culture continues to inundate us with gender-role messages that place everyone-men and women-in an unnatural hierarchical order that's impossible to maintain without strife. For women to move forward, and for men to break free, we need to overcome the masculinity status quo-together.” — Jessica Valenti, The Purity Myth

She’s Shameless: Women Write about Growing Up, Rocking Out and Fighting Back, edited by Megan Griffith-Greene and Stacey May Fowles

GirldriveCriss-crossing America, Redefining Feminism, by Nona Willis Aronowitz, Emma Bee Bernstein

Why Have Kids? by Jessica Valenti

Feminism for Real, by Jessica Yee

What You Really Really Want: The Smart Girl's Shame-Free Guide to Sex and Safety by Jaclyn Friedman (Full disclosure: I just started reading this one last night, but so far it’s fantastic! And it has quizzes. Who doesn’t love a book with quizzes?

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