Books every teenage girl should read

Amy Tan’s The Joy Luck Club

Barbara Kingsolver’s The Poisonwood Bible

Betty Friedan’s The Feminine Mystique

Catherine Storr’s Marianne Dreams

Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s Yellow Wallpaper

Dodie Smith’s I Capture the Castle

Elizabeth Gaskell’s Mary Barton

Gerda Lerna’s The Creation of Patriarchy

Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird

Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey

Judy Blume’s Forever

Karen Cushman’s Catherine, Called Birdie

Kat Banyard’s The Equality Illusion: The Truth About Men and Women Today

L.M Montgomery’s Emily of New Moon

Louise May Alcott’s Little Women

Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time

Margaret Atwood’s A Handmaid’s Tale

Margaret Laurence’s The Stone Angel

Marilyn French’s The Woman’s Room

Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein

Maya Angelo’s Why the Caged Bird Sings

S.E Hinton’s The Outsiders

Stella Gibbon’s Cold Comfort Farm

Susan Coolidge’s What Katy Did

 

For Older Teenagers:

Alice Walker’s The Colour Purple

Andrea Dworkin’s Intercourse

Audre Lorde’s Sister Outsider

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Purple Hibiscus

Gail Dines’ Pornland

Kate Millett’s Sexual Politics

Sara Nomberg-Prytzk’s Auschwitz: True Tales from a Grotesque Land

Sapphire’s Push

Susan Faludi’s Backlash: The Undeclared War against Women

Black Feminists have a Book List for Black Girls aimed at inspiring and empowering young women of colour.