This International Women’s Day I shall be reading Mary Wollstonecraft’s Vindication of the Rights of Woman.
With chapter titles like these,
Observations on the State of Degradation to which Woman is Reduced by Various Causes
Morality Undermined by Sexual Notions of the Importance of Good Reputation
Of the Pernicious Effects which Arise from the Unnatural Distinctions Established in Society
I’m looking forward to an interesting read, and to finding out what women were thinking and feeling about their place in society back in 1792.
The text is in the public domain, and is available to download here.
If you’d like some other ideas for Women’s Day reading, here are some books by and about women and girls, which I’ve read in the last few years and which made an impression on me:
The Duchess, by Amanda Foreman
Purple Hibiscus, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Let’s Pretend This Never Happened, by Jenny Lawson (aka the Bloggess)
How To Be a Woman, by Caitlin Moran
I haven’t read these ones, but they sound very interesting indeed:
11 new and recent books for the feminist reader – a bit of a cheat as this is a list, but they all sound exciting!
The Unfortunate Importance of Beauty, by Amanda Filipacchi
Elizabeth is Missing, by Emma Healey
When I Grow Up I Want To Be Mary Beard, by Megan Beech
The Bees, by Laline Paull
The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly, by Hwang Sun-Mi (ok, these last two are about female animals, but the lives they depict sound very similar to human female lives…)
Have you read any of these books? What did you think of them?