10 of the Best Feminist Books Everyone Should Read in Their Lifetime

From Caitlin Moran's joyful bestseller to Doris Lessing's radical novel, we round-up the feminist titles to inspire and galvanise.

Words by Ella Alexander. All images are courtesy.

Women have achieved a great deal over the last 100 years, thanks in part to the great canon of feminist literature which has shone a light on gender inequalities. Whether you want to educate yourself, a partner or a backward-thinking relative (we all have one), our guide to the best feminist books will change the way you think about gender inequality and what it means to be a woman today. Some take the form of compelling manifestos, while others take the form of imaginative prose, but each one draws attention to the progress that needs to be made. This is by no means an exhaustive list, but it is a start.

This article first appeared on Harper’s Bazaar UK

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Invisible Women by Caroline Criado Perez

If ever you need to provide evidential proof that gender inequality still rages to a backward-thinking relative, then show them Caroline Criado Perez’s exhaustively researched book immediately. It focuses on the shocking gender bias that affects all women, highlighting all the many ways that society has forgotten women and the impacts this has on our health and wellbeing. Invisible Women is data-based number-crunching at its most persuasive, and an important tool for change.

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