The Pussyhat Project: https://www.pussyhatproject.com/
Pantsuit Nation: http://www.pantsuitnation.org
Red My Lips: http://www.redmylips.org
Feminist Frequency: https://feministfrequency.com
Girls Against: https://twitter.com/girlsagainst
Video Talks on Feminism:
TED talks on Feminism: https://www.ted.com/topics/feminism
Laci Green - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UwJRFClybmk
Contemporary Feminist Books to Check Out:
Jessica Valenti (2014) Full Frontal Feminism: A Young Woman’s Guide to Why Feminism Matters. 2nd Edition (Emeryville, CA: Seal Press). This best-selling book initially released in 2007 had its second edition released in 2014 because of the first edition’s popularity, as well as the rising visibility of feminism. It is described as a ‘smart and relatable guide to the issues that matter to today's young women’.
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (2014) We Should All Be Feminists (London: Fourth Estate). This book is also a best-seller and was given to every 16-year-old student in Sweden by the government as a way of getting students more engaged in issues around gender equality and feminism. The book is based on Adichie’s TED talk which went viral. The book is written like an essay and a ‘call to arms’ of why we should all be feminists.
Caitlin Moran (2012) How To Be A Woman (Ebury Press) This bestselling book by British commentator Caitlin Moran is ‘part memoir, part rant’, focusing on the absurdities of things women are meant to do because they are women (e.g. get Brazillian waxes, get botox, smile for men). This book is accessibly written and funny and certainly advocates everyone should be a feminist.
Laura Bates (2016) Girl Up (London: Simon & Schuster) This Sunday Times best-selling book by activist and founder of the Everyday Sexism Project, sets out to shatter gendered myths and stereotypes about what it means to be a girl, as well as highlight the various ways gendered identities are policed. As it states, its aim is to challenge the many ‘lies’ that society tells girls and women. The book tackles topics such as social media, slut-shaming, pornography and sex.
Harriet Dyer (2016) The Little Book of Feminism (Chichester: Summersdale Publishing Ltd.) This book presents itself as a ‘pocket guide’ to feminism. Focused solely on the British context, the book takes readers through a history of three ‘waves’ of feminism, provides a whole section of statistics, and another on key terminology. This book aims to educate people on what feminism is, but its focus is more on the history, key theories and events for those unfamiliar with feminism and what women have achieved so far.
Roxane Gay (2014) Bad Feminist (Harper Perennial) American academic and cultural critic Roxane Gay’s collection of personal essays offers humourous, yet nuanced commentary on contemporary feminist politics, including what it means to be “feminist” in a culture where contradictory messages about gender and empowerment abound.
Lindy West (2016) Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman (Hachette Books) This memoir by journalist and reproductive rights activist Lindy West has received critical acclaim since its 2016 release, named a best book of the year by NPR, Esquire, The LA Times and Newsweek and winner of The Stranger Genius Award. While feminism may not be the sole focus of the book, West mobilizes a feminist perspective to humouously critique topics from body image to Internet trolls to abortion. A must read for anyone who thinks that feminists can’t be funny.
Andi Zeisler (2016) We Were Feminists Once: From Riot Grrrl to Cover Girl, the Buying and Selling of a Poltiical Movement (PublicAffairs) Founding editor of Bitch Media, Andi Zeisler analyses the re-emergence of popular feminism within contemporary media, including in movies, television, fashion, and celebritiy culture. Yet Zeisler is critical of this trend, providing a comprehensive history for how early twenty-first century feminism has once again become co-opted as a profitable brand in the commercial marketplace.
Since 2016, a range of edited books comprised of short essays on feminism have been published including:
Heather McDaid and Laura Jones (2017) Nasty Woman (2017) (404 Ink): A collection of essays on what it means to be a woman in contemporary society. It’s too early to say what sales have been like, but the book has been endorsed by over 20 high profile people such as the author Margaret Attwood.
Victoria Pepe, Rachel Holmes, Amy Annette, Martha Mosse, and Alice Stride (2016) I Call Myself a Feminist: The View from 25 Women Under 30 (London: Virago): A book which interviews 25 women and asks them what feminism means to them. Interviews are secured with key figures such as Laura Bates (of the Everyday Sexism Project) and Laura Pankhurst (great-granddaughter of suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst).
Lisa Apniganesi, Rachel Homes & Susie Orbach (2016) Fifty Shades of Feminism (London: Hachette Digital): Rather than focusing on what feminism means to them, this book contains essays from 50 women who reflect on what being a woman means to them in society today. Contributors include Margaret Attwood, Pussy Riot, Kate Mosse and more. Topics include domestic abuse, sexual violence, pay differences, and women's football.