books to stoke your feminist fires within

hey tribe! how is the world looking today?

you know, whenever we feel low or overwhelmed, we try to take a page out of our live aastey book and take a break. it refreshes our minds and makes us feel better. one of our favourite things to do while on a break is to read and on the occasion of women’s day, we thought of finding some books to stoke the inner feminist in you.

so here are a few picks by the team for you

A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf

The book, published in 1929, is one of the earliest precedents of feminist writings. The book is a compilation of a series of lectures that Woolf delivered at Newnham College and Girton College in 1928. as the name itself suggests, Woolf emphasizes the need for women to have a room of their own. in 1929, that creates enough noise that holds to this day.

I Know Why The Caged Birds Sing by Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou is known for her powerful and unrestrained writing. The book is an autobiography describing Angelou’s early years in America. it is a modern feminist classic and broke all records at the time of its release in 1969. a coming-of-age story that will unsettle you for its open look at all the challenges she faced in her self-discovery.

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

this book will not let you think of the frailties of mental health with Sylvia Plath’s semi-autobiographical description of her slow descent into clinical depression. set in the 1950s America, you will be taken into a journey of despair, depression, and recovery.

Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay

This collection of essays reminds you of our beloved fleabag; an exploration of our flaws and imperfections. it’s not about being smarter or funnier than the other feminists, but understanding that we can be strong despite all our flaws and contradictions.

Invisible Women by Caroline Criado Perez

this is our last entry but not least than any classics mentioned above. the book, invisible women, is one of the biggest achievements in the data and research of how patriarchy affects women on the ground. it shows the data bias that has permeated into every aspect of our life; everything from car crash safety nets to the size of an iPhone. it seems like everything is created with only men as a reference.

so, here are our picks to celebrate the perfect women’s day! we hope you enjoy them as much as we did!

take care! live aastey!