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Books for feminists of all ages

By Ideas Editor

The books in this reading list for feminists of all ages include: a richly illustrated history of women’s suffrage, highlighting underrecognized activists; National Book Award finalist Adrienne Mayor on the mythology and history of the Amazons—fierce women warriors of the ancient world; Jane Austen’s first novel, written at age 12, whose protagonist Cassandra has a grand time flouting convention and stealing ice cream; trenchant modern fairytales that confront gender and power dynamics; a philosophical exploration of why striving to look beautiful has become a moral imperative for women; a bold rethinking of menopause that questions why a natural process became medicalized and feared; a provocative examination of why architecture struggles to retain talented and driven women; and an impassioned argument that what mothers need isn’t work-life balance, it’s work-life justice! 

The Beautifull Cassandra

The Beautifull Cassandra


The Fourth Pig

The Fourth Pig


The Amazons

The Amazons


The Slow Moon Climbs

The Slow Moon Climbs: The Science, History, and Meaning of Menopause


Perfect Me

Perfect Me: Beauty as an Ethical Ideal


Making Motherhood Work

Making Motherhood Work: How Women Manage Careers and Caregiving


Votes for Women

Votes for Women: A Portrait of Persistence


Where are the Women Architects?

Where Are the Women Architects?