BOOKS

Here’s a list of books that have had a lasting impact on feminism and the Women’s Movement.

The Feminine Mystique
Betty Friedan
A nonfiction book published in 1963, The Feminine Mystique sparked the second-wave of the Women’s Movement in the United States, a movement that lasted until the early 1980s and, unlike the first-wave’s focus on the one issue of suffrage, expanded its agenda to a wide variety of issues such as sexuality, reproductive rights, the workplace, and more. Friedan’s book came about by accident. For her 15th class reunion, Friedan was asked to conduct a survey of her Smith College classmates. In talking with them, she realized how unsatisfied they were as housewives. Afterwards, she expanded her research to include other women and the media’s use of advertising. She pitched her work to a variety of magazines, but when none of them wanted to publish her work as an article, she extended it into a book.
The Second Sex
Simone de Beauvoir
The Second Sex was another work credited with igniting the second-wave of the Women’s Movement. Published in 1949, it covered how women had been treated throughout history. French author and existentialist Simone de Beauvoir wrote it in 14 months and published it in two volumes. The book made the Vatican’s List of Prohibited Books.
A Room of One’s Own
Virginia Woolf
A Room of One’s Own, a long form essay by Virginia Woolf, was first published in book form on October 24, 1929. The material came from a series of lectures Woolf gave at two women’s colleges, Newnham and Girton, at Cambridge University in 1928. In the essay, Woolf made the case that women writers should have a space of their own. She meant literally and figuratively. She also pointed out that the literary world was dominated by men. Woolf brilliantly used a fictional narrator to make her case.
The Vagina Monologues
Eve Ensler
The Vagina Monologues, a play made up of a series of monologues, premiered in New York City in 1996. Written by Eve Ensler, the monologues covered a variety of topics from a feminist perspective. The topics ranged from sex to menstruation, birth, rape, female genital mutilation, and more. When the play first premiered, Ensler performed all the monologues herself. Once she left the production, three actresses divided up the monologues.
Sexual Politics
Kate Millett
Published in 1970, Sexual Politics was the first academic take on feminist literary criticism. The book was based on Millett’s PhD dissertation, in which she dissected the work of D. H. Lawrence, Norman Mailer, and Henry Miller, among others. Millett pointed out how the three authors wrote about women in a sexist way. The book added fuel to the second wave of feminism, which had started in the early 60s. The book was controversial, receiving national attention and a strong backlash from men.
The Beauty Myth
Naomi Wolf
A nonfiction book published in 1991, The Beauty Myth was an instant best-seller and won the praise of many feminists. Of the book, Gloria Steinem wrote, “The Beauty Myth is a smart, angry, insightful book, and a clarion call to freedom. Every woman should read it.” In the book, Wolf made a case for a reevaluation of society’s current standards of beauty. She explained how women were constantly under scrutiny in these five areas: hunger, religion, sex, violence, and work.
Their Eyes Were Watching God
Zora Neale Hurston
Since its publication in 1937, Their Eyes Were Watching God has become an important work in womeTime magazine included the book in its list of the 100 best novels that have been published since 1923.
The Color Purple
Alice Walker
Published in 1982, The Color Purple won a National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize for fiction. The novel, set in Georgia, dealt with the lives of African American women in the South during the 1930s. The novel won the praise of feminists because many of the characters breakaway from traditional gender roles.
A Vindication of the Rights of Woman
Mary Wollstonecraft
One of the earliest feminist works, A Vindication of the Rights of Woman was first published in 1792. Wollstonecraft began work on it after reading Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-Perigord’s French National Assembly report. In the report, he advised that women should only be educated in domestic matters. Wollstonecraft used the report as an example of double standards. The book was well received when it was published. Wollstonecraft was working on a second volume when she died.

PODCAST

One of the things we love about podcasts is how accessible they are. They make every subject, however, broad or daunting, wild or wonderful, available in a fun, easy-to-consume way.

Commuting to work and want to catch up on current events? Listen to a podcast. Going on a run and interested in the latest in astrophysics? Listen to a podcast. Need to pretend you know something about finance before your work holiday party? Listen to a podcast. Commuting to work and want to catch up on current events? Listen to a podcast. Going on a run and interested in the latest in astrophysics? Listen to a podcast. Need to pretend you know something about finance before your work holiday party? Listen to a podcast.

Listening to podcast has become one of our go-to’s to gain knowledge on entrepreneurship. So when a few women reached out to us asking for podcast recommendations, we thought this would be the perfect opportunity to share some of our favorites.

Being Boss

This Is a podcast by two friends Kathleen and Emily designed to help entrepreneurs figure out how to get paid for doing what they love. It’s perfect for girl bosses looking for practical tips on how to grow your blog and business.

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Happy Black Woman

Happy Black Woman encourages women of color to follow their dreams and do what they’re most passionate about in order to be happy. She interviews amazing women who are living their life in purpose and openly shares what inspires them to keep going.

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The Great Girlfriends

The title of the podcast is exactly what they are “great girlfriends” speaking on topics ranging from social media envy, keys to life, love and laughter and entrepreneurship. They also interview other amazing women such as Lisa Price and Mimi G.

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Behind The Brilliance

Each week Lisa Nicole Bell shares great insight on how to show up in the world and define success on your own terms. She interviews creative entrepreneurs who openly share their perspective on being brilliant, along with the mistakes and failures they’ve made along the way. Weekly, Lisa shares her favorite things from quotes, books, apps and much more.

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The Lively Show

The host Jessica focuses on positivity and living a life with intention. She has inspiring solo episodes along with amazing interviews from entrepreneurs that’s guaranteed to empower you.

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Myleik Teele #MyTaughtYou

Myliek’s gives practical advice on being a business woman while finding your way in the world. She shares how seeing a therapist has helped transform her life. Myleik is definitely worth a listen.

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