Today is Women’s Equality Day, where women of all kinds deserve respect and proper treatment. We are still fighting for equal rights to this day. When it comes to microaggressions or subtle sexist comments, we must teach young adults and children through books about the positive stand we can take. Here are five feminist books to read.
1. The Traitor’s Kiss by Erin Beaty
A girl tough as nails, obstinate who won’t marry. A soldier with something to prove. A kingdom on the verge of war.
Sage Fowler is known to never find a man because of her sharp tongue and temper. She isn’t classified as a lady. She is content with her life. Sage is apprenticed to a matchmaker and is given the task of setting up ladies to be married off for political alliance. She is an observer of the girls and soldiers.
As the soldier escorts sense a political uprising, she is recruited to infiltrate enemy ranks. More discoveries of the war emerge and less trust. The fate of her kingdom depends on it.
2. Bringing Down the Duke by Evie Dunmore
It’s 1879 in England, and Annabelle Archer is the brilliant daughter of a destitute who earned a place in a cohort for the first female students at the University of Oxford. She has earned a scholarship and in order to keep it, he will support the women’s suffrage movement and recruit men of influence. Her target is Sebastian Devereux the cold Duke of Montgomery.
Seb is appalled yet fascinated by green eyes and a sharp attitude. A search for a wife of equal standing is apparent but someone like Sage is someone below his class. But working for the Kingdom as a strategist, he could keep his legacy and maybe get the woman.
In a battle of passion and wits, a Kingdom that is struggling with feminist empowerment, can Sage and Seb come to a mutual understanding?
3. Internment by Samira Ahmed
Rebellion starts with hope. Set in the near-future United States, seventeen-year-old Layla Amin and her parents are forced into an internment camp for Muslim Americans. With the help of trapped friends, her boyfriend on the outside, and unexpected alliances, she goes on a journey to fight a revolution in the making. A heart-thumping and emotional turning novel.
4. Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu
Vivian Carter is fed up with her small-town Texas high school. With unprogressive attitudes toward girls such as hallway harassment and sexist dress code, the high school only seems to cheer for the football team.
Viv finds out her mom was a punk rock feminist in the 90s, so she takes a page from her mom’s past and creates a feminist zine. Distributing the zine anonymously in the girl’s bathroom, and others respond to the cause. Suddenly she is making new friendships and forming a revolution.
Watch the movie Moxie! on Netflix.
5. Because I was a Girl by Melissa de La Cruz
A collection of true stories by women and girls who they face obstacles and challenges due to their gender. Writings from many women and girls are expressed in this novel. The book features authors such as Victoria Aveyard and Margaret Stohl, and industry pioneers such as Holly Knight. More contributing authors include Elizabeth Acevedo, Bonnie Bartlett, Emily Calandrelli and so many more.
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