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Times are changing. It’s true. But men’s names still fill much of the shelves in bookstores, and in school few books written by women are presented to us to read.


There are not many female authors, therefore. – many would think. However, this is not true. And nowadays, there are more and more options available to us. I present to you below, five suggestions of inspiring stories with empowering messages for women, and men!


#1 Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen)

Jane Austen is a reference author in women’s literature and in general. Pride and Prejudice is her best known book and is a literary classic. Although it tells a story set in the 18th century, it presents us with strong female figures with a very progressive character for a male-dominated time. Austen has accustomed us to female characters far ahead of their time, and this book is no exception.

Elizabeth, the main character in this story, defies the norms of patriarchal and elitist society, and makes herself heard without shame. A novel filled with intelligent and beautiful dialogue, with the unique elegance of that period.


#2 Make Believe (Holly Bourne)

Bourne brings us a humorous and intelligent book about the gender roles that persist in society, and makes us aware of the many different dilemmas of women in society. The author tells us the story of April whose love and sex life has been filled with traumas and unfortunate events. Almost any reader, even with a different experience, can see herself in the main character and it is impossible to deny the truth that the author shows us through this satire about love relationships and the role of women in them. The author’s relaxed writing brings us closer to the character and the story, and it is definitely a revealing and inspiring book.


#3 A Room of One’s Own (Virginia Woolf)

Virginia Woolf has already accustomed us to feminist narratives and woman-centered stories. A Room of One’s Own is one of her best known books but it is not a novel. Woolf writes an essay based on a set of lectures given by the author at Cambridge University. In this book the author outlines her analysis of the place of women in literature, exposing the limits imposed on them by society, as well as the social conditions to which they were confined. Woolf addresses the difficulties for female authors to acquire a voice in a male-dominated literary world, and the lack of female representation in literature.


#4 Kim Jiyoung, born 1982 (Cho Nam-Joo)

This South Korean book, very popular around the world and especially in South Korea for the controversy it generated by addressing topics that are still taboo in Korean society. Nevertheless, the book proliferated everywhere and today is a reference book in feminist literature. Kim Jiyoung is a daughter, wife, and mother, playing different roles as a woman according to South Korean social norms. We learn about the various phases of Jiyoung’s life, showing the evolution of women’s roles as she ages. The book is more than a feminist essay; it is, above all, a portrait of a woman’s life in society, reflecting the problems common to all women.


#5 Feminists Don’t Wear Pink and Other Lies (Scarlett Curtis)

This book is a collection of essays and opinions from various women about their perspective on feminism and what it means to them. What does the word feminism mean to these women? We learn more about what it means from the perspective of the women who have given voice to this book. It is a testimony of life, full of venting and criticism, but written in a light, realistic and funny way.

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