Feminism through literature

Take Women’s History Month to be a time of self growth and education on the treatment and representation of women under the patriarchy.

Digital illustration of “Men Explain Things to Me” by Rebecca Solnit. (Tessa Regan)

“Men Explain Things to Me” by Rebecca Solnit 

A novel containing a collection of nine essays, written over the course of eight years, discussing the role and key aspects of women under the patriarchy. These sum up topics concerning mansplaining, abuse against women, women’s treatment in history and the feminist effect on social hierarchy, among other problems and movements. The book’s witty humor is intercepted by several appalling facts that can both anger and motivate the reader, taking a deep dive into men’s common false assumptions over women’s abilities, pulling from several of Solnit’s humiliating personal experiences.

Digital illustration of the novel “Hood Feminism” by Mikki Kendall. (Tessa Regan)


“Hood Feminism” by Mikki Kendall

Kendall’s central thesis focuses on how the feminist movement has failed to truthfully take into account all situations women experience. She argues mainstream feminists rarely talk about basic needs as a feminist issue. The movement should be focused on basic survival for women who need it, but has become a highly specific focus on increasing privileges for the few women who already meet these needs. Kendall asks: How can all women stand on an equal ground of solidarity, when there is a prominent chance of women oppressing other women?

Digital Illustration of “The Secret History of Wonder Woman” by Jill Lepore. (Tessa Regan)



“The Secret History of Wonder Woman” by Jill Lepore

A cultural history of “Wonder Woman,” this book looks back on the creation and impact the iconic comic book character had on the feminist movement and its contribution to women’s empowerment. Lepore argues the parallels between Wonder Woman and the fight for women’s rights are a missing link in the movement’s history. The mix of superhero comics and feminism make this book an interesting outlook on powerful women.

Digital illustration of “The Moment of Lift” by Melinda Gates. (Tessa Regan)


“The Moment of Lift” by Melinda Gates

Empowering women has to be in constant demand. In her novel, Melinda Gates pulls from several personal experiences to create one simple message: when women are lifted up, the benefits affect everyone. Gates also looks at inequality in countries struggling to provide basic rights to women. This candid and personal book provides simple advice on ways each one of us can make a difference.

Digital illustration of the memoir “Bossypants,” by Tina Fey. (Tessa Regan)



“Bossypants” by Tina Fey

In this memoir, comedian and “Saturday Night Live” star Tina Fey Writes about her life and career in a predominantly male industry, in addition to her unique take on motherhood while working and demanding power from her peers. In typical Fey style, her meaningful message is displayed through witty and humorous anecdotes and descriptions.