Welcome to our Required Reading List in honor of International Women's Day. Every single book listed below is a must read for all feminists.
We can't know where we're going if we don't know where we've been.
“I’m no longer accepting the things I cannot change…I’m changing the things I cannot accept.”
- Angela Davis
"Your silence will not protect you."
- Audre Lorde
“Women are not inherently passive or peaceful. We’re not inherently anything but human.”
- Robin Morgan
"No one is more arrogant towards women, more aggressive or scornful, than the man who is anxious about his virility."
- Simone de Beauvoir
"Never accept 'Because you are a woman' as a reason to do or to not do something."
- Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
“Where there is a woman there is magic.”
- Ntozake Shange
“It takes a great deal of courage and independence to decide to design your own image instead of the one that society rewards, but it gets easier as you go along.”
- Germaine Greer
“Nothing is ever simple. What do you do when you discover you like parts of the role you’re trying to escape?”
- Marilyn French
"I've found, in my own writing, that a little hatred, keenly directed, is a useful thing."
- Alice Walker
"Lock up your libraries if you like; but there is no gate, no lock, no bolt that you can set upon the freedom of my mind."
- Virginia Woolf
"There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside of you."
- Maya Angelou
"Whatever the "real" differences between the sexes may be, we are not likely to know them until the sexes are treated differently, that is alike."
- Kate Millett
“[Rape is] nothing more or less than a conscious process of intimidation by which all men keep all women in a state of fear.”
- Susan Brownmiller
"Racism, classicism, and sexism will disappear when we accept differences and if we continue to resist loudly and clearly all racist, classicist, and sexist efforts on the part of other persons to enslave us."
- Martha P. Cotera