5 Books about Empowerment and Feminism that You Need to Read

I am a huge bookworm. Even though it can be hard to find time to read, as I am always busy with classes, assignments, work, and extracurricular activities, I can always be found with a book in my bag. I have recently become obsessed with non-fiction books, especially if they are about empowerment and feminism. Although there are so many good ones, here are my top five:



1. DIY Rules to a WTF World: How to Speak Up, Get Creative, and Change the World by Krista Suh

This is probably one of my all-time favourite books. Krista Suh is the creator of the Pussyhat Project, which were the iconic pink hats that flooded the streets at the Women’s March. This book is her guide to reaching your full potential, as a person, a creator, an activist, and a feminist.  



2. The Big Life: Embrace the Mess, Work Your Side Hustle, Find a Monumental Relationship, and Become the Badass Babe You Were Meant to Be by Ann Shoket

Everyone has a different idea of what their dream life is. Even if, as a university student, you have no idea what waits for you after graduation, you probably have some general idea of what you want out of life. This is what Ann Shoket, the former editor-in-chief of Seventeen Magazine, refers to as your Big Life and, in this book, she gives you the advice that you need to start living your Big Life.



3. How to be a Bawse: A Guide to Conquering Life by Lilly Singh

Right now, you might be asking yourself, “What is a Bawse?” Well, in the words of Lilly Singh, a Bawse is “a person who exudes confidence, reaches goals, gets hurt efficiently, and smiles genuinely because they’ve fought through it all and made it out the other side.” In this book, Lilly Singh, aka iiSuperwomanii on YouTube, shares her advice on how to, not just survive life, but how to conquer it.


4. Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand In The Sun, and Be Your Own Person by Shonda Rhimes

Ever heard of the hit television shows Scandal, Greys Anatomy, or How to Get Away with Murder? If your answer is no, then you have been living under a rock and need to start binging them all asap. Shonda Rhimes is the genius behind these hit shows and the author of this book. For one year, she said yes to everything and wrote about how it completely changed her life.



5. Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud: The Rise and Reign of the Unruly Woman by Anne Helen Petersen

Women are constantly being told that they are too this or too that. In this book, Anne Helen Petersen, a Buzzfeed culture writer looks at how eleven female celebrities, such as Melissa McCarthy and Kim Kardashian, are pushing the boundaries on acceptable womanhood.


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