Towards a Feminist Syllabus


A few months ago we asked you, “What texts would you include in a feminist syllabus?” The submissions wowed us. There were so many smart, important books, essays, works, and selections sent to us.

We have compiled your answers (with a few of additions of our own) in the hopes that this could serve as a handy (and even developing) resource. While this is by no means exhaustive, it’s a pretty exciting place to start.

Have something to add? Have thoughts on how to organize this list or make it more useful? Email us to


  • Not That Bad: Dispatches from Rape Culture
    Edited by Roxane Gay

  • Words of Fire: An Anthology of African-American Feminist Thought
    Edited by Beverly Guy-Sheftall

  • Sister Species: Women, Animals and Social Justice
    Edited by Lisa Kemmerer

  • Education and Native Americans: Entering the Twenty-First Century on Our Own Terms
    Wilma Mankiller

  • This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color
    Edited by Cherríe Moraga and Gloria E. Anzaldúa


  • Dirty Commerce: Art Work and Sex Work Since the 1970s 
    Julia Bryan-Wilson

  • The Combahee River Collective Statement

  • A Cyborg Manifesto
    Donna J. Haraway

  • Age, Race, Class, and Sex: Women Redefining Difference
    Audre Lorde

  • SCUM Manifesto
    Valerie Solanas

  • Can the Subaltern Speak?
    Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak

  • Displacement and the Discourse of Woman
    Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak

  • The Guild of the Brave Poor Things
    Constantina Zavitsanos and Park McArthur

  • The Xenofeminist Manifesto: A Politics for Alienation


  • The Power
    Naomi Alderman

  • The Handmaid’s Tale
    Margaret Atwood

  • Kindred
    Octavia E. Butler

  • The Company of Wolves
    Angela Carter

  • The Awakening
    Kate Chopin

  • The Red Tent
    Anita Diamant

  • The Round House
    Louise Erdrich

  • The Left Hand of Darkness
    Ursula K. Le Guin

  • Her Body And Other Parties
    Carmen Maria Machado

  • Paradise
    Toni Morrison

  • Americanah
    Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

  • Women Talking
    Miriam Toews

Non Fiction

  • Living Feminist Life
    Sara Ahmed

  • I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
    Maya Angelou

  • Woman: An Intimate Geography
    Natalie Angier

  • Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza
    Gloria E. Anzaldúa

  • Proposals for the Feminine Economy
    Jennifer Armbrist

  • Women & Power: A Manifesto
    Mary Beard

  • Feminist Fight Club An Office Survival Manual for a Sexist Workplace
    Jessica Bennett

  • Unbearable Weight : Feminism, Western Culture, and the Body
    Susan Bordo

  • Gender Butler
    Judith Butler

  • Rage Becomes Her: The Power of Women's Anger
    Soraya Chemaly

  • The Case for Reparations
    Ta-Nehisi Coates

  • On Intersectionality: Essential Writings of Kimberlé Crenshaw
    Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw

  • Women, Race and Class
    Angela Davis

  • White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism
    Robin DiAngelo

  • Girls: Feminine Adolescence in Popular Culture and Cultural Theory
    Catherine Driscoll

  • Whitewalling: Art, Race & Protest in 3 Acts
    Aruna D'Souza

  • Caliban and the Witch
    Silvia Federici

  • Women's Ways of Knowing: The Development of Self, Voice, and Mind
    Mary Field Belenky, Blythe McVicker Clinchy, Nancy Rule Goldberger, and Jill Mattuck Tarule

  • The Feminine Mystique
    Betty Friedan

  • Bad Feminist
    Roxane Gay

  • All About Love: New Visions
    bell hooks

  • Feminism Is for Everybody
    bell hooks

  • The Will to Change: Men, Masculinity, and Love
    bell hooks

  • Aphro-ism: Essays on Pop Culture, Feminism, and Black Veganism from Two Sisters
    Aph Ko and Syl Ko

  • Sister Outsider
    Audre Lorde

  • Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds
    Adrienne Maree Brown

  • Feminism is Queer: The Intimate Connection Between Queer and Feminist Theory
    Mimi Marinucci

  • Thick: And Other Essays
    Tressie McMillan Cottom

  • Powered by Girl: A Field Guide for Supporting Youth Activists
    Lyn Mikel Brown

  • The Argonauts
    Maggie Nelson

  • Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom: Creating Physical and Emotional Health and Healing
    Christiane Northrup

  • For the Love of Men: A New Vision for Mindful Masculinity
    Liz Plank

  • Killing The Black Body
    Dorothy E. Roberts

  • Sexuality in the Field of Vision (Radical Thinkers)
    Jacqueline Rose

  • Witches, Sluts, Feminists: Conjuring the Sex Positive
    Kristen J. Sollée

  • Men Explain Things to Me
    Rebecca Solnit

  • Feminism Without Borders: Decolonizing Theory, Practicing Solidarity
    Chandra Talpade Mohanty

  • How We Get Free: Black Feminism and the Combahee River Collective
    Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor

  • Good and Mad: The Revolutionary Power of Women's Anger
    Rebecca Traister

  • The Beauty Myth
    Naomi Wolf

  • Justice and the Politics of Difference
    Iris Marion Young


  • Lines the Quarry
    Robin Clark

    Andrea Gibson

  • Diving into the Wreck: Poems 1971-1972
    Adrienne Rich

  • The Dream of a Common Language
    Adrienne Rich

  • U.S. 1
    Muriel Rukeyser

  • Her Blue Body
    Warsan Shire

  • Femme in Public
    Alok Vaid-Menon

  • The BreakBeat Poets Vol. 2: Black Girl Magic 
    Edited by Jamila Woods, Mahogany L. Browne, Idrissa Simmonds