Feminist Books for Teenagers – Must Read Books of 2021

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This article showcases our top picks for the best Feminist Teenage Books. We reached out to industry leaders and experts who have contributed the suggestions within this article (they have been credited for their contributions below).

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Escaping into the Night by D. Dina Friedman

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During the holocaust, a teenage girl escapes from the ghetto through sewer tunnels to a forest camp of partisans and refugees. The girl is fictional. The camp was real.

A Wrinkle In Time, by Madeleine L’Engle

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1950s classic about a girl who doesn’t fit in. With help from three witches, her moron brother, and a new friend, she rescues her father–a prisoner on a superconformist planet–and changes the universe.

Can We Talk About Consent? by Justin Hancock

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This book breaks down the basics of how to give and get consent in every aspect of life for readers aged 14 years and older. It’s a powerful word, but not everyone understands exactly what it means. This stylish guide explains clearly why consent matters-for all of us. With honest explanations by experienced sex and relationships educator Justin Hancock, you’ll learn how consent is a vital part of how we connect with ourselves and our self-esteem, the people close to us, and the wider world.

Fan the Fame by Anna Priemaza

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This novel takes a uniquely modern approach to feminism in a way that will really resonate with teenagers. It’s about a young woman attending a video game convention with her older brother, an ultra-famous YouTuber. He’s also a misogynistic jerk, and she must decide whether to out him as problematic, or remain in silence while women in the gaming world suffer because of him. This is a nuanced insight into misogyny and feminism that speaks from a place many teenagers today will identify with.

You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson

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Liz must win a beauty pageant scholarship program in order for her to attend college. Throughout the process, she discovers some true female friendships and it accurately depicts the struggles of high school – all through the voice of an amazingly strong, black, queer young girl.

Siljeea Magic by Judith Pratt

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Most people see nothing but trees and grass in those woods that line superhighways. But 13-year-old Andrea sees small people. It’s hard to be a hero while going to school, caring for your younger brother, and trying not to worry your over-protective parents. Andrea finds herself rescuing the Bokaaj from the machines of development, running away to help more of the Bokaaj and learning why only she can see them. Meanwhile, Andrea is tossed into a series of adventures that wreck her grades, mess up her health, and almost tear her family apart

The Book of Awesome Women by Becca Anderson

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One of the greatest books I recommend for every teenage girl. It’s an uplifting book that talks deeply about strong women’s stories and how should women look after other women and girls, especially girls and women who need help. This book explains feminism by realistic examples of inspiring women.

Cinderella is Dead by Kalynn Bayron

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I’m suggesting this book because it revolves around a teenage girl rebelling against an oppressive government that undermines and oppresses women, taking away both their rights and their freedom. In this story, the main character, Sophia fights for all women, aiming to give them a voice.

Stories from Suffragette City by M. J. Rose

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It’s estimated that over 5 million people made their voices heard on Women’s Marches throughout the US on January 21, 2017. Almost a century earlier, our Suffragette sisters marched in a Women’s March that changed the world. The Parade in 1915 for Women’s right to vote was a landmark in our history. I would like every young woman to know the stories of brave women who fought for the rights we enjoy today. For this reason, I gifted ‘Stories from Suffragette City’ to several young women in my life. My friends’ daughters, their nieces, their granddaughters. This book pays tribute to those women and is a powerful reminder of our feminist pioneers.

The Burning by Laura Bates

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This is the first novel from the founder of the Everyday Sexism campaign which tells the story of teenager Anna, who moves along with her mother to a distant part of Scotland to escape her past. From that start line, Bates makes determined efforts to deal with everything from social media to how sexual desire is used to shame young women in this well-told story, which looks back to historical witch hunts to draw pertinent parallels with today’s world.

Full Frontal Feminism by Jessica Valenti

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A cultural shift is happening, exponential change is already here, the time to learn about equality and feminism is now as we move into this new age of enlightenment. We are all waking up – and what better way to learn, grow and evolve than by educating ourselves in a humorous way. Jessica Valenti’s book is just brilliant, full of laughter-provoking, unforgiving honesty and realness. Just exactly what we all need in the reality we find ourselves to be in right now.

Because I Was a Girl by Melissa de la Cruz

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Because I Was a Girl by Melissa de la Cruz is an inspiring collection of true stories by women and girls about the obstacles, challenges, and opportunities they’ve faced…because of their gender. This book is the perfect gift for girls of all ages to celebrate the accomplishments of these women and girls who overcame adversity with their limitless potential.

Folktales for Fearless Girls by Myriam Sayalero

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Long before J.K. Rowling brought us, Hermione Granger, well before Katniss Everdeen entered the arena, these fierce protagonists were the role models for strong girls through the ages. Here we read the story of Jimena, who dresses like a man to go fight in a war; of Min.

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