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Essential Reads Every Modern Feminist Needs On Her Bookshelf

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When it comes to inspiring and empowering literature, there’s nothing like the following list of feminist reads. These must-have books serve as a reminder that even in dark times, there is always something you can do.

You can join in on the collective conversation. You can refuse to give into the status quo, like these brave and lyrical and talented and badass women have before you. You can choose to let these books, and the powerful words within their pages, guide you.

From contemporary essay collections to bestselling autobiographies and timeless books of poetry, the following works prove not only that the future is (still) female, but that the controversial –– and often misconstrued –– ideals of gender equality in today's world do not have to feel inaccessible or incomprehensible. Knowledge is power, after all.

So let them inspire you. Let them embolden, enrage, and empower you. Because these manifestos are the crucial call-to-arms every modern woman needs –– and make no mistake, we need feminism now more than ever.