Books every teenage girl should read

 All of the books below are written by women:

Amy Tan’s The Joy Luck Club

Barbara Kingsolver’s The Poisonwood Bible

Betty Friedan’s The Feminine Mystique

Boston Women’s Health Collective’s Our Bodies, Our Selves

Catherine Storr’s Marianne Dreams

Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s Yellow Wallpaper

 Dodie Smith’s I Capture the Castle

Elizabeth Gaskell’s Mary Barton

Gerda Lerna’s The Creation of Patriarchy

Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird

Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey

Judy Blume’s Forever

Karen Cushman’s Catherine, Called Birdie

Kat Banyard’s The Equality Illusion: The Truth About Men and Women Today

L.M Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables

Louise May Alcott’s Little Women

Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time

Margaret Atwood’s A Handmaid’s Tale

Margaret Forster’s Diary of an Ordinary Woman

Margaret Laurence’s The Stone Angel

Marilyn French’s The Woman’s Room

Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein

Maya Angelo’s Why the Caged Bird Sings

Mildred Taylor’s Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry

Naomi Klein’s No Logo

S.E Hinton’s The Outsiders

Stella Gibbon’s Cold Comfort Farm

Susan Coolidge’s What Katy Did

Virginia Woolf’s A Room of One’s Own

Winifred Holtby’s South Riding

For Older Teenagers:

Alice Walker’s The Colour Purple

Andrea Dworkin’s Intercourse

Audre Lorde’s Sister Outsider

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Purple Hibiscus

Gail Dines’ Pornland

Kate Millett’s Sexual Politics

Sara Nomberg-Prytzk’s Auschwitz: True Tales from a Grotesque Land

Sapphire’s Push

Susan Faludi’s Backlash: The Undeclared War against Women

Black Feminists have a Book List for Black Girls aimed at inspiring and empowering young women of colour. Some of the books on their list were already on mine but I am reblogging the entirety of their list because, simply, it is important to see them in context.

Young readers

  • Amelia to Zora: Twenty-Six Women Who Changed the World, Cynthia Chin-Lee
  • Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters: An African Tale, John Steptoe
  • Amazing Grace, Mary Hoffman
  • I Can Do it Too!, Karen Baicker

Older children

  • Noughts and Crosses, Malorie Blackman
  • Checkmate, Malorie Blackman
  • Roll of thunder hear my cry, Mildred Taylor
  • Let the circle be unbroken, Mildred Taylor
  • The midnight robber, Nalo Hopkinson
  • Harriet’s Daughter, Marlene Nourbese Philip
  • The Kayla Chronicles, Sherri Winston
  • Annie Allen – Gwendolyn Brooks
  • The Joy Luck Club, Amy Tan
  • Anita and me, Meera Syal

At least aged 14 -16

  • Tropical fish, Doreen Baingana
  • The Other Side of Truth, Beverley Naidoo
  • We Got Issues! A Young Woman’s Guide to a Bold, Courageous and Empowered Life, Edited by Rha Goddess and JLove Calderon
  • Purple Hibiscus, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • Half of a Yellow Sun, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • Wide Sargaso Sea, Jean Rys
  • Their Eyes Were Watching God, Zora Neale Hurston
  • The Color Purple – Alice Walker
  • Annie John – Jamaica Kincaid
  • Zami: A New Spelling of My Name – Audre Lorde
  • Possessing the Secret of Joy – Alice Walker
  • Assata : An Autobiography – Assata Shakur
  • Aya de Yopougon, Marguerite Abouet and drawn by Clément Oubrerie
  • We Sinful Women – Contemporary Urdu Feminst Poetry, Kishwar Naheed
  • As a Black Woman, Maud Sulter
  • The fat black woman’s poems, Grace Nichols

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