Bringing an end to male domination and moving in the path of equality is feminism. It’s a process of uplifting women’s spirit and listening to the words of unheard women. Bringing them out of the four walls of a house, giving them the liberty to make their own decisions, introducing them to the real world outside her family are some of the steps of feminism. The world cannot be a better place if a single member, preferably a male, from the family, remains the dominant person forever.
The idea of feminism must be taught to students from an early age. Schools and colleges can teach students the importance of women empowerment and female education. The importance of women education has been added in academic syllabus and courses to teach young adults about equality. Books, such as The Yellow Wallpaper, play a pivotal role as well in the library about gender inequality. There are a lot of feminist authors actively fighting for women empowerment. Feminist books and feminist literature must be added to a school library to help raise the voice of women. Here are some of the top books to read.
We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Adichie
In the book ‘We Should All Be Feminists’ Chimamanda Adichie talks about how the word feminism is misunderstood. She argues that being a feminist does not mean accepting that sexism exists.
The narrator tells us how the word ‘feminist’ was used as an insult to her. She focuses on the wage gap and the bias that is faced daily by the female population. She concludes that assigning gender roles is bad for both men and women.
As the feminism has changed much since the movement started, ‘We Should All Be Feminists’ describes it from the contemporary perspective and educates its readers what a feminist truly means.
The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
The Yellow Wallpaper is a book by Charlotte Perkins Gilman is one of the most inspirational books for women. She raises the question about the role of women, particularly regarding their mental health and the right to autonomy and self-identity. The narrator here is a young woman having some mental health problems. She tells us about her life, her husband, who controls her life and takes every decision for her.
Based on a true story, this book is similar and at the same time very different from the previous one. The Yellow Wallpaper provokes a lot of reflections as it is written in a form of a diary of a woman, who was believed to be mentally ill. This is why teachers give assignments that require students to research such books. It is not surprising that such a short story created many more stories, articles and student’s essays, which you can look up at https://gradesfixer.com/free-essay-examples/the-yellow-wallpaper/. For modern students, it is hard to imagine that a woman can be banned from basically life in general at her husband’s will. This is why such books educate us about the victories we have already achieved in our fight for equality.
I AM MALALA By Malala Yousafzai
This is an autobiography of Pakistani woman who advocates women rights around the world. Malala is a young girl who fights for women education. Belonging to a middle-class family in Afghanistan, she, along with her father, fights a terrorist organization for a woman’s right to educate herself. The book tells us about her life and her struggle.
Since the book is based on her real-life story, it fuels women to speak up for themselves. The book teaches us about truth, justice, forgiveness, and equality. Even now, Malala is an international sensation, using her newfound fame to speak out on a larger stage for girls’ education. Besides, reading this book provides a unique perspective on the life of women in the East, which is quite different from what Americans are used to.
Half the Sky by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn
Half the Sky is a book written by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn which deals with sex trafficking, maternal health, sexual violence, and women education. The books talk about women’s suppression in Africa and Asia.
The story begins with a fifteen-year-old girl who is raped, enslaved and forced to work as a prostitute until she escapes. The book tells us about her life as a slave and after she escapes. Beautifully written and narrated, this is an inspirational book that teaches life lessons to its readers.
Using the power of words, feminist authors and writers put forth the idea of feminist criticism, equality and justice. Reading women empowerment books helps us understand how difficult it is for a woman to walk in a path someone else forces you to. For the world to be a better place for everyone, it is of utmost importance that everyone is treated the same regardless of age, nationality, class and above all, gender.