Recommended Reading List

For those of you with too much time on your hands, here’s a list of feminist / feminist themed books you may like to cast an eye over.  

Inclusion in the list doesn’t mean EFC endorse the ideas, views or opinions in the books and some are radical feminist texts so be warned!  

Any additions you can make will be gratefully received along with any thought you have on any of the texts.  (Helen)


Kat Banyard (2010) The Equality Illusion: The Truth About Women and Men Today

Laura Bates (2014) Everyday Sexism

Melissa Benn (2013) What Should We Tell Our Daughters?: The Pleasures and Pressures of Growing Up Female

Caitlin Moran (2011)How to be a Woman

Clarissa Pinkola Estes (2008) Women Who Run With the Wolves

Catherine Redfern and Kristin Aune (2013) Reclaiming the F-Word: Feminism Today

Natasha Walter (2011) Living Dolls: The Return of Sexism

Jessica Valenti (2007) Full Frontal Feminism: A Young Woman’s Guide to Why Feminism Matters

Jessica Valenti (2008) He’s a Stud, She’s a Slut and 49 Other Double Standards Every Woman Should Know


Kira Cochrane (ed) Women of the Revolution: 40 Years of Feminism (2012)


Susan Brownmiller (1975) Against Our Will: Men, Women and Rape

Judith Butler (1990) Gender Trouble

Angela Davis (1983) Women, Race and Class

Andrea Dworkin (1987) Intercourse

Susan Faludi (1991) Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American Women 

Shulamith Firestone (1970) The Dialectic of Sex

 Betty Friedan (1963) The Feminine Mystique

Germaine Greer (1970) The Female Eunuch

bell hooks (2000) Feminism is for Everybody

Audre Lorde (1984) Sister Outsider

Kate Millett (1970) Sexual Politics

Susie Orbach (1978) Fat is a Feminist Issue

Joan Smith (1989) Misogynies: Reflections on Myths and Malice

Valerie Solanas (1967) SCUM Manifesto

Gloria Steinem (1983) Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellion

Naomi Wolf (1991) The Beauty Myth: How Images of Beauty are Used Against Women


Simone De Beauvoir (1949)The Second Sex

Mary Wollstonecraft (1792) A Vindication of the Rights of Woman

Virginia Woolf (1929) A Room of One’s Own 


Margaret Atwood (1985) The Handmaid’s Tale

Angels Carter (1979) The Bloody Chamber

Kate Chopin (1899) The Awakening

Suzanne Collins (2008) The Hunger Games

Doris Lessing (1962) The Golden Notebook

Toni Morrison (1987) Beloved

Sylvia Plath (1963) The Bell Jar


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