Dial up the feminist in you: 5 must-read books

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We’re celebrating the strong women who have made history, revolutionising the way females are represented in media with our five must-read books for 2018. These brilliant authors have managed to kick some serious butt and have helped to build women up in society to where we are today!



  1. Not Just Lucky – Jamila Rizvi

Many women have their hard work go by underappreciated, and disappointingly our successes can all too often be chalked up to luck or chance.

Australian author and feminist media figure Jamila Rizvi explores this problem in-depth, and with her trademark warm and witty tone explores the cultural disadvantages women battle against in the professional space. She draws attention to something we here at Moments strongly believe in – demanding that women receive the recognition and rewards they rightfully deserve!


  1. The Anti-Cool Girl – Rosie Waterland

For the misfits, the odd ones out, the girls who always felt themselves straying a little outside the box – Rosie Waterland’s memoir-style read may be for you.

The Anti-Cool Girl walks us through the journey of a woman who, despite growing up with every obstacle thrown her way, succeeds and finds peace above it all. Dealing with a dark family life and neglectful upbringing, Waterland’s had her fair share of strife, but despite all of it manages to deliver a message of unbridled hope.


  1. The Yellow Wallpaper – Charlotte Gilman

Gilman’s classic short story is widely regarded as one of the founding pieces of American feminist literature, and is a great pick for the more analytically-minded girls among us.

A mentally-ill woman describes her experience in the 1800s being taken care of by her physician husband, confined to a room with characteristic yellow wallpaper. The story serves as a metaphor for the battle against patriarchal oppression, and is definitely one for the babes who seek out a little more thrill or horror in their reading.


  1. The Beauty Myth – Naomi Wolf

Of all the societal pressures women face, restrictive beauty standards impact women daily – moment by moment, even. From losing weight, to shaving body hair, to maintaining gorgeously manicured nails and made-up faces, the market for “beautifying” women and the expectations on women’s appearances only grow more and more each day.

Naomi Wolf discusses the impact of these standards women are held to and just how damaging they can really be, drawing attention to the psychological battles they bring out in us and how we deserve to feel comfortable and happy in our own skin for our own mental wellbeing.


  1. Lilac Girls – Martha Hall Kelly

Focusing on the story of a World War II heroine, this book follows the path of brave women creating a fearless new world in the face of male domination and terror.

As they navigate Nazi secrets and power struggles, the protagonists must reconcile with the fact that their old lives filled with comfort and youth must be sacrificed. Battling against all odds, these women fight the status quo in the name of love, companionship, freedom and second chances – it’s the kind of bravery and empowerment that majorly inspires us.