Feminist beliefs can be as varied and unique as the individual feminists who hold those beliefs. Still, in trying to determine what feminists of the 1960s and 1970s thought about women, society and equality, it can be helpful to look at significant feminist books of the era. In fact, many key second-wave feminist beliefs are also the titles of feminist books. These ten books help explain feminist beliefs and the ideas of the women’s movement of the 1960s and 70s:
Betty Friedan's 1963 book is often called “the book that started it all.”
Kate Millett's early work of feminist theory was important and controversial.
Marlo Thomas produced this children's book, album and television special, filled with uplifting messages of empowerment.
Shulamith Firestone published her "case for feminist revolution" when she was 25.
Simone de Beauvoir's classic explains how women are seen as "the Other" in a male-dominated society.
In her first novel, Margaret Atwood explores how women are consumed by their relationships and the men in their lives.
Maxine Hong Kingston weaves together feminism, myth, truth and questions of identity in this postmodern autobiography.