A Room of One's Own

A Room of One's OwnA Room of One s Own is an extended essay by Virginia Woolf First published on the 24th of October, 1929, the essay was based on a series of lectures she delivered at Newnham College and Girton College, two women s colleges at Cambridge University in October 1928 While this extended essay in fact e

The Handmaid's Tale

The Handmaid's TaleOffred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead She may leave the home of the Commander and his wife once a day to walk to food markets whose signs are now pictures instead of words because women are no longer allowed to read She must lie on her back once a month and pray that the Commander makes h

The Beauty Myth

The Beauty MythThe bestselling classic that redefined our view of the relationship between beauty and female identity In today s world, women have power, legal recognition, and professional success than ever before Alongside the evident progress of the women s movement, however, writer and journalist Naomi

Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American Women

Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American WomenSkillfully Probing the Attack on Women s Rights Opting out, security moms, desperate housewives, the new baby fever the trend stories of 2006 leave no doubt that American women are still being barraged by the same backlash messages that Susan Faludi brilliantly exposed in her 1991 bestselling

The Bell Jar

The Bell JarSylvia Plath s shocking, realistic, and intensely emotional novel about a woman falling into the grip of insanity Esther Greenwood is brilliant, beautiful, enormously talented, and successful, but slowly going under maybe for the last time In her acclaimed and enduring masterwork, Sylvia Plath bri

The Color Purple

The Color PurpleThe Color Purple is a classic With over a million copies sold in the UK alone, it is hailed as one of the all time greats of literature, inspiring generations of readers Set in the deep American South between the wars, it is the tale of Celie, a young black girl born into poverty and segregation

Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity

Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of IdentitySince its publication in 1990, Gender Trouble has become one of the key works of contemporary feminist theory, and an essential work for anyone interested in the study of gender, queer theory, or the politics of sexuality in culture This is the text where Judith Butler began to advance the ideas th

All About Love: New Visions

All About Love: New VisionsAll About Love offers radical new ways to think about love by showing its interconnectedness in our private and public lives In eleven concise chapters, hooks explains how our everyday notions of what it means to give and receive love often fail us, and how these ideals are established in early chi

A Vindication of the Rights of Woman

A Vindication of the Rights of WomanWriting in an age when the call for the rights of man had brought revolution to America and France, Mary Wollstonecraft produced her own declaration of female independence in 1792 Passionate and forthright, A Vindication of the Rights of Woman attacked the prevailing view of docile, decorative femi

The Feminine Mystique

The Feminine MystiqueLandmark, groundbreaking, classic these adjectives barely do justice to the pioneering vision and lasting impact of The Feminine Mystique Published in 1963, it gave a pitch perfect description of the problem that has no name the insidious beliefs and institutions that undermined women s confiden

The Vagina Monologues

The Vagina MonologuesI decided to talk to women about their vaginas, to do vagina interviews, which became vagina monologuesAt first women were reluctant to talk They were a little shy But once they got going, you couldn t stop them Women secretly love to talk about their vaginas They get very excited, mainly bec

How to Be a Woman

How to Be a WomanThough they have the vote and the Pill and haven t been burned as witches since 1727, life isn t exactly a stroll down the catwalk for modern women They are beset by uncertainties and questions Why are they supposed to get Brazilians Why do bras hurt Why the incessant talk about babies And do m