Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
Top

50 essential feminist books

Today, Simone de Beauvoir would have turned 106. The feminist icon is famed for her work, which influenced both feminist theory and existentialism, as well as her book The Second Sex, which is considered to be the beginning of second wave feminism.

Below, we've selected 50 essential feminist reads, including de Beauvoir's work, spanning the first, second and third waves of feminism.

Click on an image below to launch the gallery and let us know your thoughts about the selection in the comments section, below.

Related

Can-Feminists-Watch-Porn.jpg

“Can feminists watch pornography?”

qhero.jpg

Celebrity special: opening lines from books

caitlinmoranseconimage.jpg

Caitlin Moran's guide to being a modern feminist

Comments

More

The new cookbooks to boost your culinary know-how in 2017

Simple ways to update your kitchen repertoire

17 Jan 2017

These are the books that President Obama wants everyone to read

Bookworms, rejoice: President Obama has compiled a reading list for you

by Kayleigh Dray
17 Jan 2017

Are you ready for the Fifty Shades of Grey musical?

Theatre bosses have big plans for EL James’ book series …

by Kayleigh Dray
16 Jan 2017

15 moving books about animals to keep you on the Veganuary wagon

Keep your vegetable-consumption goals on track

by Scarlett Cayford
13 Jan 2017

Meet Daliyah, the four-year-old bookworm who has read over 1,000 books

She goes to the library every single day

by Sarah Biddlecombe
13 Jan 2017

Illustrator depicts how depression really feels in beautiful new book

“You are not alone.”

by Sarah Biddlecombe
12 Jan 2017

Watch the chilling first trailer for The Handmaid’s Tale

The upcoming adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s novel has never felt more relevant

by Kayleigh Dray
09 Jan 2017

Gilmore Girls’ Alexis Bledel confirmed to star in The Handmaid’s Tale

The real-life Rory Gilmore is headed to Margaret Atwood’s Gilead…

by Kayleigh Dray
06 Jan 2017

One book addict’s tale of 40 literary loves and fiction fails

Stylist's Jamie Klingler on the books she devoured in 2016, from the spellbinding to the over-hyped

by Jamie Klingler
05 Jan 2017

Everything you need to know about the 2016 Costa Book Awards winners

by Moya Crockett
04 Jan 2017