Book Recommendations from STAGE

I asked STAGE members to contribute titles of some of their favorite written works by/for & about feminists/feminism. Here is the compiled list, loosely broken down by genre. Feel free to contact us if you’d like to add your recommendation & enjoy!

**Bard students! Visit the library to check out LGBTQ+ Rainbow Club’s new section of queer works! Contact Lily Gordon (Y2) with questions.

– Miranda Leong-Hussey, ’17


  • Roxanne Gay: Bad Feminist
  • Paula Giddings: When & Where I Enter
  • Maggie Nelson: The Argonauts
  • Catharine McKinnon: Only Words
  • Adrienne Rich: Compulsory Heterosexuality & Lesbian existence
  • bell hooks: Feminism is for Everybody
  • bell hooks: Ain’t I a Woman? Black woman & Feminism 
  • Virginia Woolf: A Room of One’s Own
  • Malala Yousafzai: I am Malala
  • Rebecca Solnit: Men Explain Things to Me
  • Peggy Orenstein: Girls & Sex
  • Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: We Should all be Feminists
  • Jessica Valenti: Sex Object
  • Simone de Beauvoir: The Second Sex
  • Catherine Beecher and Harriet Beecher Stowe: American Woman’s Home
  • Nancy Cott: The Grounding of Modern Feminism
  • Alison Bechdel: Fun Home

Fiction & short stories:

  • Margaret Atwood: The Handmaid’s Tale
  • Lucia Berlin: A Manual for Cleaning Women
  • Maxine Hong Kingsont: The Woman Warrior
  • Marilyn French: The Women’s Room
  • Toni Morrison: The Bluest Eye


  • Marie Howe: Practicing
  • Leslea Newman: My Lover is a Woman: Contemporary Lesbian Love Poems
  • Maya Angelou: Phenomenal Woman
  • Alice Walker: Democratic Womanism 





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