Gender Diverse Novels You Should Read For Women’s History Month

Since embarking on my journey into feminism during my time as an undergraduate, I’ve since enjoyed traversing through feminist texts that explore the full scope of gendered issues, whether in fiction or non-fiction books. 

Admittedly, feminism can be intimidating to those who are eager to learn but perhaps aren’t sure where to begin. If this is you, luckily I’ve got you covered! 

Here are eight gender-diverse novels that will thoroughly acquaint you with various feminist topics or help you build on any existing scholarship you may already possess: 

Dawn by Octavia Butler

Butler’s body of work shares themes of Afro-futurism, dystopia, and feminism. Octavia Butler’s 1987 novel Dawn is a thrilling sci-fi that explores constructs such as gender, race, and sexuality. 

Hood Feminism by Mikki Kendall

Because each chapter covers a different point of feminist discussion, and Kendall’s writing is efficient and approachable and therefore assessable, Hood Feminism is the perfect kind of book to use to embark on your feminist journey. 

Animal by Lisa Taddeo

Lisa Taddeo perfectly captures the harsh reality women must navigate under patriarchy, specifically through the novel’s protagonist, Joan.