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

Good and Mad: The Revolutionary Power of Women by Rebecca Traister

Caste: The Origins of Our Discontent by Isabel Wilkerson

Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments, Saidiya Hartman


Suggestions for what we should read next?

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


Book Abroad Reads Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments

Books Abroad, The Global Women’s Caucus feminist reading group, is pleased to announce its pick for Black History Month.

Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments by Saidiya Hartman explores the revolution of black intimate life in Philadelphia and New York at the beginning of the twentieth century by examining the untold history of women who led “wayward” lives and rejected respectability in response to being denied access to the American Dream.

“In wrestling with the question of what a free life is, many young black women created forms of intimacy and kinship that were indifferent to the dictates of respectability and outside the bounds of the law. They cleaved to and cast-off lovers, exchanged sex to subsist and revised the meaning of marriage. Longing and desire fueled their experiments in how to live. They refused to labor like slaves or to accept degrading conditions of work.”

It is a unique, genre-bending work that is deeply researched and melds history to the literary imagination.

Key historical figures like Ida B. Wells, W. E. B. Du Bois and Billie Holiday make appearances, but Hartman’s narrative focuses on lesser-known women who have been overlooked historically and are usually invisible in official archives.

This is sure to be an engaging discussion that will hopefully spark conversation about a rarely discussed aspect of Black history. We look forward to seeing you there!

RSVP on the event page to receive the zoom link.
Event Start Time by Location
Washington DC, USA 08:00 EST
London, United Kingdom 13:00 GMT
Frankfurt, Germany 14:00 CET
Athens, Greece 15:00 EET
Dubai, United Arab Emirates 17:00 GST
Bangkok, Thailand 20:00 ICT

Books Abroad January 2021 Update

In 2020, Books Abroad read four books, curated a Feminist reading list, and hosted discussions with more than 150 participants from three continents. We will continue to cover subjects relevant to women's lives in the personal and political spheres, and choose books that encourage timely conversations on topics related to our lives as compassionate, informed citizens. If you are interested in volunteering, please fill out this form or contact gwc-booksabroad@democratsabroad.org. To get regular updates, please join the Women's Caucus.

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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