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16. Feminism Is for Everybody, bell hooks
And finally, bell hooks. It was no easy feat selecting just one of the critically acclaimed author's many influential books –– but the 2015 edition of Feminism Is for Everybody is a solid place to start. And it is an undeniable must-have for anyone seeking an accessible intro to feminist theory.

"Simply put, feminism is a movement to end sexism, sexist exploitation, and oppression," it begins. And, by illuminating a broad range of topics –– sexual violence, reproductive rights, race, and class, to name a few –– in an approachable and inspiring manner, hooks reminds us that feminism is and should be, indeed, for everybody.