So we've come to the most recent years of feminism. There's been a lot of change these past few years, to say the least. I still don't know whether it counts as a new forth wave or not, but it has been exciting to watch. Thanks to this change, there have been a LOT of feminist books published these past five years. Here are just some of the highlights to read to get a good view of modern feminism:
I Am Malala: The Story of a Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai
Honestly, just read this one regardless of whether or not you're interested in feminism.
Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg
There are issues surrounding this one, but it has been a big part of feminism for awhile now, so...
Excluded: Making Feminist and Queer Movements More Inclusive by Julia Serano
Daily reminder: feminism is like all movements and not perfect. Read this book to learn how to make things better.
Angelou's Autobiographies: Mom & Me & Mom by Maya Angelou
Anything by Kiersten White
Anything by Courtney Summers (particularly All the Rage)
Men Explain Things to Me by Rebecca Solnit
Otherwise known as the book that coined the term mansplaining. Which, is a real thing (seriously just spend ten minutes being a female in a geek space, you will get mansplained at least something), but has kind of gotten misused more and more recently, I feel.
Everyday Sexism by Laura Bates
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
Asking For It: The Alarming Rise of Rape Culture and What We Can Do About It by Kate Harding
You Don't Have to Like Me by Alida Nugent
The Underground Girls of Kabul: In Search of a Hidden Resistance in Afghanistan by Jenny Nordberg
Glory O'Brien's History of the Future (and other books) by A. S. King
Bitch Planet graphic novel series by Kelly Sue DeConnick
We Should All be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
This tiny book explains feminism perfectly. Unfortunately the author just recently said some rather transphobic things so...her intersectional feminism definitely needs a lot of work. But that doesn't change the fact that the things said in here are important.
Pro: Reclaiming Abortion Rights by Katha Politt
Asking for It by Louise O'Neill
The Birth of the Pill: How Four Crusaders Reinvented Sex and Launched a Revolution by Jonathan Eig
Come as You Are: The Surprising New Science That Will Transform Your Sex Life by Emily Nagoski
I Call Myself a Feminist: The View From Twenty-Five Women Under Thirty by various authors
The Princess Saves Herself in This One by Amanda Lovelace
Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love, and So Much More by Janet Mock
The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson
Lean Out: The Struggle for Gender Equality in Tech and Start-Up Culture by Elissa Shevinsky
Lumberjanes graphic novel series
Ms. Marvel graphic novel series by G. Willow Wilson
Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay
Also check out basically everything else she writes because Gay is awesome.
The Feminist Utopia Project: Fifty-Seven Visions of a Wildly Better Future by various authors
The Geek Feminist Revolution by Kameron Hurley
Freedom is a Constant Struggle: Ferguson, Palestine, and the Foundations of a Movement by Angela Y. Davis
Some new releases from 2017 to check out:
Here We Are: Feminism for the Real World by Kelly Jensen and various authors
Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America by Michael Eric Dyson
Why I am Not a Feminist: A Feminist Manifesto by Jessa Crispin-I've heard...very mixed things about this one, so I'd proceed with caution into it.
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
One Day We'll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter by Scaachi Koul
Dear Ijeawele: Or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Nasty Women by various authors
We: A Manifesto for Women Everywhere by Gillian Anderson and Jennifer Nadel
The Mother of All Questions by Rebecca Solnit