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Here are some women’s studies reading lists I found online. Feel free to share your own lists in the comments! (Jump down to bloggers’ lists if you’d like.)

Amazon So You’d Like to..Explore Women’s Role in Literary History Part 1 (A-F), Part 2 (G-N), Part 3 (O-Y)
“Ariel Levy: a Feminist Reading List” from The New Yorker (thanks Shellie!)
Feminist Press
Feminist Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Utopia
Girls’ Voices Literature Database
Library Thing Feminist Fiction
National Women’s Studies Association’s Books by Women’s Studies Scholars (Thanks Valda!)
University of California Riverside
University of Iowa Women’s Studies Resources
University of Texas Austin
Women’s Studies Online Resources
Voices From the Gaps (Women Writers and Artists of Color)

Lists from Book Bloggers:
3nine6 (Being Bookish): Books She’ll Be Reading
Alison (So Many Books, So Little Time): Books She’ll Be Reading
Amanda (A Bookshelf Monstrosity): Books She’ll Be Reading
Bellezza (Dolce Bellezza): Books She’ll Be Reading
Bonnie (Bonnie’s Books): Books She’ll Be Reading
Debi (Nothing of Importance): Books She’ll be Reading
Elizabeth (As Usual, I Need More Bookshelves): Books She’ll Be Reading
Eva (A Striped Armchair): Books She’s Read Previously and Recommends
Eva (A Striped Armchair): Books She’ll Be Reading
Jade (Tasting Grace): Books She’s Read Previously and Recommends
Jade (Tasting Grace): Books She’ll Be Reading
Kalanna (Butterfly COnfidential): Books She’ll Be Reading
Laura (Musings): Books She’ll Be Reading
Mee (Books of Mee): Books She’s Read Previously and Recommends
Mel U (The Reading Life): Books She’ll Be Reading
missbitsy (Fabula): Books She’ll Be Reading
Shannon (Flight Into Fantasy): Books She’ll be Reading
Shellie (Layers of Thought): Books She’ll Be Reading
Stephanie (Confessions of a Book-a-Holic): Books She’ll Be Reading
Susan (Black-Eyed Susan’s): Books She’s Read Previously and Recommends
Tracie (Yule Time Reading): Books She’ll Be Reading
Violet (Violet Crush): Book She’ll Be Reading and Books She’s Read Previously and Recommends
Wendy (caribousmom): Books She’ll be Reading

53 Comments leave one →
  1. October 30, 2009 6:53 am

    Voices From The Gaps

  2. October 30, 2009 8:21 am

    My list of books I’ve read in the past two years that would count for the challenge, along with links to their reviews:

  3. October 30, 2009 11:33 pm

    Here is my list of books I am reading for this challenge.

    On Account of Conspicuous Women – dawn Sharp
    Delusion – Peter Abrahams
    Women of the Civil War – Stephen Currie
    We Are Our Mother’s Daughters – Cokie Roberts
    Secrets on 26th Street – Elizabeth McDavid Jones
    Sisters – Tim Stafford
    The World Split Open – Ruth Rosen
    Ladies of Liberty – Cokie Roberts

    Just Books

  4. October 31, 2009 8:48 pm

    Here’s my list of books I’d like to read for the challenge:

  5. November 1, 2009 12:19 am

    You can see my list here – it’s a little bit long…. *grin*

  6. November 1, 2009 2:06 pm

    Excellent challenge! Here’s my list, subject to change of course😉

  7. Kristine Arena permalink
    November 2, 2009 12:11 am

    I’ve been “challenged” by my friend and blogger Dawn of SITFOB ( I love that acronym), but since I don’t have a blog, I guess I’ll just post my list here (if that’s all right with everyone-maybe it’s time for me to start blogging. I seem to annoy some of my “friends” on FB with too much posting sometimes😉 )
    Non- Fiction :
    1. East to the Dawn: The Life of Amelia Earhart by Susan Butler
    2. Lousia May Alcott: The Woman Behind Little Women by Harriet Reisner (just met her today and got my book signed at the Concord Book Store !),
    3. Ayn Rand and the World She Made by Anne Heller,
    4. Half The Sky by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn
    5. My Life in France by Julia Child,
    6. Dearest Friend: A Life of Abigail Adams by Lynne Withey;
    and for fiction:
    7. The Children’s Book by A.S. Byatt and
    8. Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger.

    Guess that will make me a Suffragette ?

    A True Blue Stocking at heart,


  8. November 2, 2009 2:43 am

    My recommended list is up.

  9. Bellezza permalink
    November 2, 2009 4:41 am

    Here’s my list. I’m really looking forward to this challenge!

  10. November 3, 2009 2:38 am

    A couple books that come to mind immediately are

    On My Own Two Feet by Beverly Cleary (memoir)
    Hidden From History (I don’t remember the author, but this book profiles female scientists left out of the male dominated history books)
    Eat Pray Love (a recent best selling memoir)
    The Amazing Interlude (available to read free on by Mary Roberts Rinehart

    I just started reading a book called Ann Veronica by HG Wells (also on It is about a young woman who strikes out on her own after repeatedly clashing with her father about her “proper place” in society. She wants to go to a bigger college than the girls’ school her father condones so she can pursue a career in science and she begins the book turning down a proposal and thinking she never wants to get married. I don’t know if she winds up being conventional and “settling down” into a more conventional life, but she’s proven to be very spiritted so far. I think I’m on the fifth chapter.

    Carmella Broome
    Author of Carmella’s Quest: Taking On College Sight Unseen (Red Letter Press 2009)

  11. November 3, 2009 5:00 am

    Here’s my list:

    I’m so excited to start!

  12. November 4, 2009 4:37 pm

    Took me a few days to go through all the amazing recommendations, but here is my list. So excited!

  13. November 4, 2009 6:08 pm

    Here is the link for my challenge meme post and list(s)

  14. November 5, 2009 5:58 pm

    Here is my list, meme question answers, and links to some other resources.

  15. November 7, 2009 9:29 pm

    I’ve posted twenty titles I’m considering for this challenge here.

  16. November 9, 2009 1:12 pm

    Here’s my list, some of which I stole from Eva (A Striped Armchair). Thanks, Eva!

    1. The Curse of the Good Girl by Rachel Simmons
    2. You’d be Pretty If by Dara Chadwick
    3. Beauty by Robin McKinley
    4. Candy Girl: A Year in the Life of an Unlikely Stripper by Diablo Cody
    5. Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

    Here’s my blog post with the list:

  17. November 11, 2009 6:33 pm

    Here is a link for two articles one with a recommended book list both about feminism from The New Yorker.

  18. missbitsy permalink
    November 12, 2009 2:28 pm

    My reading list is here. I also posted a YA fiction recommendation, for those interested.

  19. 3nine6 permalink
    November 12, 2009 10:44 pm

    My reading list is provided through the link!

  20. November 17, 2009 2:37 am

    Here is a great list of books by women’s studies scholars, who are members of the National Women’s Studies Association

  21. November 18, 2009 9:37 am

    Here’s my list:

    Consequences by E.M. Delafield (Just did a review on this)
    The Group by Mary McCarthy
    All Passion Spent by Vita Sackville-West
    In this House of Brede by Rumer Godden
    Fugitive’s Return by Susan Glaspell


    Portrait of a Marriage: Vita Sackville-West and Harold Nicolson by Nigel Nicolson
    Etty Hillensum: An Interrupted LIfe, Letters from Westerbork by Etty Hillensum

  22. Kathy permalink
    November 20, 2009 9:29 pm

    Two excellent books that I have recently read fit this challenge. After by Amy Efaw (classified as Young Adult/Adult) and Bought by Anna David.

    Thanks to the organizers of this great challenge.

  23. November 21, 2009 9:00 pm

    Here’s where I should leave the link to the list of women’s studies books I posted:

    Oh, well, it won’t hurt to leave the link in two places.

  24. December 6, 2009 2:26 pm

    Here are my lists of books read and books I’m planning on reading:

  25. December 8, 2009 6:04 pm

    So far I’m entering 2 books (of 5 I’m planning to read for the challenge)I’ve read since the start of this challenge:

    The Lover’s Path, by Kris Waldherr
    Cleopatra’s Daughter, Michelle Moran


  26. December 20, 2009 4:00 pm

    I’ve posted my reading list here:

  27. January 2, 2010 10:38 am

    Here’s my reading list:

    1. Orlando–Virginia Woolf
    2. Mrs. Dalloway–Virginia Woolf
    3. A Room of One’s Own–Virginia Woolf (non-fiction)
    4. The Gift of an Ordinary Day–Katrina Kenison (non-fiction)
    5. Where I’ve Been and Where I’m Going–Joyce Carol Oates (non-fiction)

  28. justicejenniferreads permalink
    February 11, 2010 4:26 am

    My list can be found here:

  29. tarynwanderer permalink
    March 5, 2010 2:15 pm

    I’m planning to reach the Bluestocking level, but I’ve got more books on my list, just in case!😉 I’ve got some on there that have already been mentioned, but also a few new ones people might like!

    If you’re interested in seeing what I’m reading, visit my list at bookwanderer. Thanks again for such a cool challenge!

  30. April 30, 2010 1:55 am

    I feel very honored that you linked my list here. Thank you!

  31. November 4, 2010 11:23 am

    Here is my list. I found, over the past year, that many of the books I read are about strong women. I was having trouble finding non-fiction books to read, but then my daughter bought me “A Room of One’s Own” by Virigina Woolf. She was amazing. I think we could have been great friends.

    The Romanov Bride by Robert Alexander
    The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer
    Nefertiti by Michelle Moran
    The Christmas Pearl by Dorothea Benton Frank
    Daughter of Twin Oaks by Lauraine Snelling
    A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf
    Again, thank you for hosting. This challenge has opened my eyes.

  32. November 29, 2010 4:53 pm

    * Alice Walker
    * Cindy Pon
    * Lucille O’Neal Nonfiction


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