A Reading List of One's Own: 10 Essential Feminist Books

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Noteworthy feminist writing, from the works of Virginia Woolf to Caitlin Moran

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This month marks the 50th anniversary of Betty Friedan's The Feminine Mystique, a book that, as the New York Times put it, "ignited the contemporary women's movement in 1963 and as a result permanently transformed the social fabric of the United States and countries around the world."

To celebrate the book's anniversary, I've put together a list of 10 essential feminist reads, from fiction and poetry to essays and nonfiction. Read my picks below—and since there are so many more than 10 important feminist texts worthy of pressing into any friend's hands, add your own favorites to our list in the comments.

This post also appears on Flavorpill, an Atlantic partner site.

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Emily Temple is an editor at Flavorpill.

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