5 Inspiring Feminist Books to Read This Spring

Recently, I’ve been craving some female voices in my reading and would love to share what I’ve found. If you’re looking for an inspiring and thought-provoking read, all of these books are great choices—they catch your attention and hold onto it all the way through. I’ve loved all of these books and I think you will too!


Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

Genre: Self-Help 

In this inspiring book, written by the renowned author of Eat, Pray, Love, the reader explores the mysterious nature of inspiration and creativity itself. As an art student who relies on her creative mindset, I would give this book five stars. I loved the balance that Elizabeth Gilbert made between spirituality, inspiration and creativity. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who wants a guide on how to live your most creative life. 


More Than Enough by Elaine Welteroth

Genre: Autobiography

Elaine Welteroth is my personal hero. Honestly, she is an absolute powerhouse of a woman and I am inspired by her every day. The youngest and first Black female to run Teen Vogue, she has a myriad of awe-inspiring and advice-giving experiences to share in this book. The second I opened it I couldn’t put it down. Welteroth does a beautiful job of sharing her experience as a Black woman in the fashion journalism industry. Her story is a must-read!


Circe by Madeline Miller

Genre: Historical Fiction 

In this thrilling read, we follow the Greek goddess of magic and daughter of the sun titan, Circe. As someone who loves Greek mythology and Ancient Greek culture, this was an amazing read. I read this book in less than a week and was super sad when it was over. I loved reading about Circe’s life and adventures through Madeline Miller’s female empowerment lens. Normally Circe is written as the villain of Greek tragedies, but in this book, you learn so much more about her origin and understand that she is just another woman who has been villainized by society’s misogyny and misunderstanding of strong females. 


Ladies Get Paid by Claire Wasserman

Genre: Self-Help

As a young woman who will soon be joining the workforce, I realized that there’s a lot I don’t know about finances. Why is it that finance feels like a boys’ club that I can never get the key to? What has caused women to feel so locked out of the business world on the executive level? This book was filled with astounding facts about the industry. For example, there are more fortune 500 CEOs named John than women. That’s seriously unacceptable. I was inspired to break some glass ceilings and gain a better understanding of my financial situation from this book. It is a must-read that keeps your attention and inspires you. 


My Life on the Road by Gloria Steinem 

Genre: Autobiography

Okay, this book is written by the queen: Gloria Steinem. Is there more I have to say? This is an amazing read that outlines Steinem’s inside perspective of the ’70s women’s rights movement. I loved learning about her life, how much she traveled, who she met, when and where she gave speeches, and what she thinks about it all as she looks back at her life. I loved and learned so much from this book. 


Please check these great books out this spring! I hope you all love them as much as I did.