11 Influential Books About Women By Female Authors – TommieMedia

This op-ed is part of a series called “The Fourth Wave” for Women’s History Month focusing on the accomplishments of women on the St. Thomas campus and the intersectionality of modern feminism.

There’s no better time than Women’s History Month to read some of the most influential novels written by women. Covering a range of topics, these novels are written by women of all ages, times, races, sexualities, and backgrounds.

“Little Women” by Louisa May Alcott: A timeless novel about the lives of four sisters as they grow up together during the Civil War era, encountering love, heartbreak, death, equality and more. Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy March are women raised by their strong mother, Marmee, who is the glue of the family since March’s father is away at war.

“The Glass Bell” by Sylvia Plath: The American poet and writer’s semi-autobiographical novel focuses on women’s mental health. The novel follows Esther Greenwood, a bright, successful, and intelligent young woman who is slowly wasting away. Esther’s descent into depression and bipolar disorder opens readers’ eyes to the very real struggles going on all around us.

“Know My Name” by Chanel Miller: A brief based on the Viral Victim Impact Statement, a statement that offers victims the opportunity to address the court at the sentencing or juvenile trial hearing to express the impact that the crime had upon them and their families, in People v. Turner from 2016, Miller is dictating his own story and making sure the world knows his name. Miller was known as “Emily Doe” in the lawsuit, but she is now sharing her very personal story of sexual assault by Stanford student-athlete Brock Allen Turner. The case prompted the California legislature to require prison sentences for rapists whose victims were unconscious and to include digital penetration, which is a sexual act that involves penetrating the vagina or anus with one or more fingers, in the definition of rape.

“Girl, Woman, Other” by Bernardine Evaristo: This novel follows the lives of twelve black British women as they share their stories of love, family, struggles and more. This vibrant and celebratory story is a contemporary voice for women today.

“Crying in H Mart” by Michelle Zauner: Growing up of Korean American descent, Zauner’s memoir is about her life as one of the only Asian Americans in her school, the loss of her mother, and the forging of her own identity. Zauner is able to find her identity through music as the singer and guitarist of the musical project Japanese Breakfast, an experimental pop band led by the author herself.

“Someone’s Daughter” by Ashley C. Ford: A memoir about growing up in poverty as a black girl, Ford talks about the absence of her incarcerated father, her strained relationship with her mother, and the sexual assault she suffered at the hands of her own boyfriend. Ford returns to her father’s likeness for hope and encouragement as she goes through her life as someone’s daughter.

“Circe” by Madeline Miller: Greek heroic age, “Circe” follows the divine daughter of Helios and Persia, Circe. Because she is deemed unattractive and impotent from birth, Circe is banished to a desert island by Zeus where she is left to fend for herself. From the female perspective of Homer’s “The Odyssey”, Circe is able to use her power and beauty to grow and protect everyone she meets.

“My Brilliant Friend” by Elena Ferrante: Elena and Lila are two best friends growing up in an ever-changing neighborhood that presents challenges that the two growing girls have to deal with. The lives of these two women tell a warm and courageous romance of friendship and love.

“The Glass Castle” by Jeanette Walls: “The Glass Castle” is a memoir centered on Walls’ dysfunctional and nomadic family. Walls focuses on the troubled relationship between her and her father as her father makes a broken promise to the family to build a glass castle. Walls’ story is one of love and family struggles, finding her own perspective on the world and being able to build her own life that she is proud of.

“A Room of One’s Own” by Virginia Woolf: “A Room of One’s Own” is a long essay by Woolf to explore women’s social injustices and comment on women’s lack of freedom of expression. Woolf uses metaphors to reinforce his point, resulting in the famous phrase “a woman must have money and a room of her own if she wants to write fiction”.

“You Exist Too Much” by Zania Arafat: When the 12-year-old female protagonist at the start of the novel confesses to her Palestinian-American mother that she is queer, her mother tells her “you exist too much”. This novel articulates the fantasies and desires of a young woman caught between sexual, religious, and cultural identities as she tries to settle for who she really is.

These are just 11 extraordinary novels written by women who shared non-fiction and fictional stories about women then, women today, and women tomorrow.

Macy Berendsen can be reached at macy.berendsen@stthomas.edu.

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