Gender Equality Reading List

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We are working on details for the March 31, 2020 City Symposium on Gender Equality (at the Grand Theatre). To help get us thinking as a community, we're compiling a reading list of book recommendations, generated entirely by Londoners. So... when it comes to gender equality, what is the one book you think everyone should read?

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The Reading List

Books that received multiple recommendations

Michael Clarke and Hailey Tallman recommend Feminism for the 99%: A Manifesto by Cinzia Arruzza, Tithi Bhattacharya and Nancy Fraser

@paulvejvoda and @NadineWathen recommend The Time has Come: Why Men Must Join the Gender Equality Revolution by Michael Kaufmana

Leora Swartzman and Jim Rule recommend Invisible Women: Data bias in a world designed by men by Caroline Criado Perez

Anthea and @vasta recommend Men Explain Things to Me by Rebecca Solnit

@vasta and @librariankris recommend We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Helene Berman and @sumeeyoh recommend Black Feminist Thought: Knowledge, Consciousness, and the Politics of Empowerment by Patricia Hill Collins

Books that received individual recommendations

Aldous Smith recommends A Vindication of the Rights of Woman by Mary Wollstonecraft

Travis recommends A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen

@DrSaraMacDonald recommends Women Talking by Miriam Toews

@Lewwwk recommends Transformative and Feminist Leadership for Women’s Rights by Shawna Wakefield

@shawnalewk recommends Feminist City: A field guide by Leslie Kern

@annatrudell recommends Parenting Beyond Pink & Blue: How to raise your kids free of gender stereotypes by Christia Spears Brown

Jeremy Nathan Marks recommends The Rape of the Wild by Andrée Collard

@w1lore recommends The Red Tent by Anita Diamant

@NadineWathen recommends The Logics of Gender Justice by Mala Htun & Laurel Weldon

Joni Baechler recommends Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

@fwebster1 recommends If Women Counted: A New Feminist Economics by Marilyn Warin

@markarayner recommends The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula Le Guin

Maxwell Smith recommends Women and Human Development: The Capabilities Approach by Martha Nussbaum

@jamesshelley recommends A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf

Trae Robinson recommends Time, Sex and Power by Leonard Shlain

Rebecca Ellis recommends Women, Race, & Class by Angela Davis

Jan Kraft recommends The Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedman

Shirley Clifford recommends Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

@waltercull recommends Feminist Theory: From Margin to Center by bell hooks

@tpcanoe recommends The Gender of Breadwinners: Women, Men and Change in Two Industrial Towns, 1880-1950 by Joy Parr

Tim Blackmore recommends Feminism Without Borders by Chandra Mohanty

@ottobahn recommends Orlando by Virigina Woolf

Risto Juola recommends Paid For by Rachel Moran

@ArielkeK recommends I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

Arlene MacDougall recommends The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

@librariankris recommends The Witches Are Coming by Lindy West

@Disaac8 recommends Testosterone Rex by Cordelia Fine

Justina Diaz Legaspe recommends Resisting Reality by Sally Haslanger

@sumeeyoh recommends Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde