Feminist Literature Club

Welcome to the Books Abroad Feminist Literature Club!

Welcome to our our Books Abroad blog space. Check here for information, insights, reviews and tips from our wonderful feminist literature team experts!

What We’ve Read So Far

Fun Home by Alison Bechdel

The Mother of All Questions by Rebecca Solnit

Not That Bad edited by Roxane Gay

The Awakening by Kate Chopin

The Woman Upstairs by Claire Messud

The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

What My Mother and I Don’t Talk About edited by Michele Filgate


Suggestions for what we should read next?

Please send them to Connie Borde: constance@cborde.com

Next Books Abroad Meeting ~ September 2020

Rebecca Traister’s, Good and Mad: The Revolutionary Power of Women’s Anger

Books Abroad, the Global Women’s Caucus feminist reading group, is excited to announce its summer reading pick, Good and Mad: The Revolutionary Power of Women's Anger by Rebecca Traister. Save the date, September 20th, for an engaging discussion of the history of female anger as political fuel. We hope this pick makes a great summer read and gives you food for thought during election season. We look forward to seeing you again in September!   

The organizing team would also like to introduce Joy Notoma as the group's next discussion facilitator, as Kelsey McLendon is moving back to the U.S. to pursue other opportunities.  

Thank you to all who joined our discussion on Mother's Day.

Feminist Literature 101

Are you interested in immersing yourself more in the wonderful world of feminist literature, but don’t know where to start? Here are a few important, provocative and empowering books to recharge your feminist batteries!


A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, by Mary Wollstonecraft (1792)

A Vindication of the Rights of Woman: with Strictures on Political and Moral Subjects(1792), written by the 18th-century British proto-feminist Mary Wollstonecraft, is one of the earliest works of feminist philosophy. In it, Wollstonecraft responds to those educational and political theorists of the 18th century who did not believe women should receive a rational education. She argues that women ought to have an education commensurate with their position in society, claiming that women are essential to the nation because they educate its children and because they could be "companions" to their husbands, rather than mere wives. Instead of viewing women as ornaments to society or property to be traded in marriage, Wollstonecraft maintains that they are human beings deserving of the same fundamental rights as men. (Wikipedia)

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GWC Celebrates Black History Month

GWC is proud to join with other Americans in celebrating Black History Month.  Toward this goal, we've compiled a list of books, news stories and podcasts that commemorate the history and achievements of African-American women:  

The Zora Canon, named after famous author African-American writer Zora Neale Hurston, is a list of 160 years of novels, plays, poetry, by African-American women. View the list here: The Zora Canon.

15 Books to Read by Black Female American Writers:This curated list includes some of the best and most impactful works by Black American women writers. 


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