Book List


1 = Essential Texts for Understanding How Patriarchy Developed

2 = Read If You’re Struggling with Being a Full-Time Mom (Even Though Of Course You Love Your Kids)

3 = Read If You’re a Person of Color Who Wants To See Yourself Reflected in History and Critique, and Read If You Are a White Person, Period

4 = Read If You Are a Spiritual/Religious Person Who is Trying to Maintain Your Faith

5 = Nonthreatening Book That’s Good to Give to People Who Need a Gentle Introduction

The Chalice and the Blade 1
by Riane Eisler

The Creation of Patriarchy 1
by Gerda Lerner

Mary, Mother of God: A History of the Virgin Mary 4
by Miri Rubin

Christ’s Emancipation of Women in the New Testament 4
by Lynne Wilson

Alone of All Her Sex: The Myth and Cult of the Virgin Mary 4
by Marina Warner

The Creation of Feminist Consciousness 1
by Gerda Lerner

The Declaration of the Rights of Woman and the Female Citizen 1
by Olympe de Gouges

A Vindication of the Rights of Woman 1
by Mary Wollstonecraft

On the Equality of the Sexes 1
by Judith Sargent Murray

Letters on the Equality of the Sexes 1
by Sarah Grimké

Seneca Falls Declaration of Sentiments 1

Seneca Falls Resolutions  1

Speech on Women’s Suffrage 1
by Frederick Douglass

Keynote Address 1
by Elizabeth Cady Stanton

Ain’t I A Woman 1 3
by Sojourner Truth

The Subjection of Women 1
by John Stuart Mill

The Gospel of Mary Magdalene 4
translated by Jean-Yves Leloup

The Yellow Wallpaper
by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

The Awakening
by Kate Chopin

“The Fundamental Principle of a Republic” 1
by Anna Howard Shaw

“Morality and Birth Control” 1
by Margarent Sanger

“The Case for Birth Control” 1
by Margarent Sanger

A Room of One’s Own
by Virginia Woolf

Killing the Angel in the House 1
by Virginia Woolf

“Open Letter to the Women of the World” 1
(Audio) by Eleanor Roosevelt

“Open Letter to the Women of the World” 1
(Text) by Eleanor Roosevelt

“Universal Declaration of Human Rights” 1
by Eleanor Roosevelt

The Real Wealth of Nations 1
by Riane Eisler

The Second Sex 1 2
by Simone de Beauvoir

The Feminine Mystique 1 2
by Betty Friedan

“Keep the Damned Women Out” 1
by Dr. Nancy Weiss Malkiel

Jane Crow and the Law 1 3
by Pauli Murray and Mary Eastwood

Double Jeopardy: To Be Black and Female 1 3
by Frances Beal

“Living the Revolution” 1
delivered by Gloria Steinem

The Equal Rights Amendment  1

Sexual Politics 1 2
by Kate Millett

Our Bodies, Ourselves (1971 Edition)
by the Boston Women’s Health Book Collective 

Our Bodies, Ourselves (2011 Edition)
by the Boston Women’s Health Book Collective

Title IX

Roe v. Wade 

This Bridge Called My Back 1 3
by Cherries Moraga and Gloria Anzaldua

Women, Race and Class 1 3
by Angela Davis

ain’t i a woman 1 3
by bell hooks

Sister Outsider 1 3
by Audre Lorde

The Beauty Myth 1
by Naomi Wolf

Gender Trouble
by Judith Butler

WomanSpirit Rising
edited by Carol Christ and Judith Plaskow 4

The Sacred Hoop 1 4
by Paula Gunn Allen

Declaration on the Elimination of Violence against Women 1

The Gender Knot 1 5
by Allan G Johnson

Obergefell v. Hodges

The Trouble with Normal
by Michael Warner

Cruising Utopia
by José Esteban Muñoz

feminism is for everybody 1 5
by bell hooks

Bad Feminist 3 5
by Roxanne Gay

Men Explain Things to Me
by Rebecca Solnit

Unfinished Business 1 2
by Anne-Marie Slaughter

Girls and Sex 1
by Peggy Orenstein

Inferior: How Science Got Women Wrong 1 5
by Angela Saini

Women and Power 1
by Mary Beard

Invisible Women 1 5
by Caroline Criado Perez

The Moment of Lift
by Melinda French Gates

For the Love of Men 5
by Elizabeth Plank

Untamed 4
by Glennon Doyle

Unwell Women 5
by Elinor Cleghorn

Women Who Run with the Wolves 4
by Clarissa Pinkola Estés

More Than a Body
by Lindsay Kite and Lexie Kite

The Heroine’s Journey 1 4
by Maureen Murdock

The Soul Solution
by Vanessa Loder 4

Rape Warfare 1
by Beverly Allen

The Ghost of Eternal Polygamy 4
by Carol Lynn Pearson

Can the Subaltern Speak?
by Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak

‘Twitter Thread on Abortion’  5
by Gabrielle Blair

Witches and Neighbors 1
by Robin Briggs

The Malleus Maleficarum and the Construction of Witchcraft 1
by Hans Peter Broedel

Lilith’s Fire 4
by Deborah Grenn-Scott

Funeral for Flaca 3
by Emilly Prado

Patriarchy Stress Disorder
by Dr. Valerie Rein

‘Why Women Still Can’t Have It All’ 1 2 5
(Article) by Anne-Marie Slaughter

When God Was a Woman 1 4
by Merlin Stone

Finding Mother God 4
by Carol Lynn Pearson

No More Goodbyes
by Carol Lynn Pearson

Fierce Self-Compassion 2
by Kristin Neff

From Outrage to Courage 1
by Anne Firth Murray

Patriarchy and Gender in Africa 1 3
by Veronica Fynn Bruey

Mighty Be Our Powers: How Sisterhood, Prayer, and Sex Changed a Nation at War 3
by Leymah Gbowee

The Invention of Women 1 3
by Oyèrónkẹ́ Oyěwùmí

Daughters of Anowa 3
by Mercy Amba Oduyoye

We Should All Be Feminists 1 3 5
by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichi

God is a Black Woman 3 4
by Christena Cleveland

How We Fight for Our Lives
by Saeed Jones

Gendered Morality: Classical Islamic Ethics of the Self, Family and Society 1 3
by Zahra Ayubi

Women Rising: In and Beyond The Arab Spring 3
edited by Rita Stephan and Mounira M. Charrad

Faith and Feminism in Pakistan 3 4
by Afiya Zia

Palestinian Women’s Activism: Nationalism, Secularism, Islamism 3
by Islah Jad

The Patriarchs: The Origins of Inequality 1 5
by Angela Saini

New Jewish Feminism: Probing the Past, Forging the Future 4
by Rabbi Elyse Goldstein

Roar Like a Goddess: Every Woman’s Guide to Becoming Unapologetically Powerful, Prosperous, and Peaceful 4
by Acharya Shunya

The Trauma of Caste 3
by Thenmozhi Soundararajan

The Trouble With Marriage 1 3
by Dr. Srimati Basu

Buddhism After Patriarchy 4
by Rita Gross

Patriarchy in East Asia: A Comparative Sociology of Gender 1 3
by Sechiyama Kaku

(En)gendering Taiwan: The Rise of Taiwanese Feminism 1 3
edited by Ya-chen Chen

Women in Ancient China 1 3
by Bret Hinsch

Women in Early Imperial China 1 3
by Bret Hinsch

Aching for Beauty: Footbinding in China 1 3
by Wang Ping

Scream from the Shadows 3
by Dr. Setsu Shigematsu

Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982 3
by Cho Nam-Joo

From Kinship to Kingship: Gender Hierarchy and State Formation in the Tongan Islands 1 3
by Christine Ward Gailey

Possessing Polynesians: The Science of Settler Colonial Whiteness in Hawai’i and Oceania 1 3
by Dr. Maile Arvin

From Angel to Office Worker 1 3
by Dr. Susie Porter

In the Time of the Butterflies 3
by Julia Alvarez

High-Risk Feminism in Columbia 3
by Dr. Julia Zulver

Returning Home: Diné Creative Works from the Intermountain Indian School 3
by Dr. Farina King

We Are Dancing For You 3 4
by Cutcha Risling Baldy

Reproduction on the Reservation 3
by Brianna Theobold

Nurturing Our Humanity 1
by Riane Eisler & Douglas Fry

Hitler’s Furies 1
by Wendy Lower

Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists? 1
by Linda Nochlin

Unshrinking: How to Face Fatphobia
by Kate Manne

Essential Reading 
That We Didn’t Have a Chance to Cover 
On the Podcast

Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents
by Isabel Wilkerson

Education for Extinction: American Indians and the Boarding School Experience, 1875-1928
by David Wallace Adams