Summer Reading List

These books are available for purchase online, in bookstores, or check your local library.

 

Books on Feminism and Women Empowerment

  1. “The Power” by: Naomi Alderman

  2. “We Should All be Feminists” by: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

  3. “The Yellow Wallpaper” by: Charlotte Perkins Gilman

  4. “The Feminine Mystique” by: Betty Friedan

  5. “In a Different Voice” by: Carol Gilligan

  6. “It Takes a Village” by: Hillary Clinton

  7. “Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead” by: Nell Scovell and Sheryl Sandberg

  8. “The Second Sex” by: Simone De Beauvoir

  9. “Bad Feminist” by: Roxane Gay

  10. “Men Explain Things to Me” by: Rebecca Solnit

  11. “Feminism Is for Everybody: Passionate Politics” by: Bell Hooks

 

Books on American Politics and Government

  1. “The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels” by: Jon Meacham

  2. “The Handy American Government Answer Book: How Washington, Politics and Elections Work (The Handy Answer Book Series)” by: Gina Misiroglu

  3. “American Government 101: From the Continental Congress to the Iowa Caucus, Everything You Need to Know About US Politics (Adams 101)” by: Kathleen Sears

  4. “The Know Your Bill of Rights Book: Don't Lose Your Constitutional Rights--Learn Them!” by: Sean Patrick

  5. “First Ladies and American Women: In Politics and at Home” by: Jill Abraham Hummer

  6. “19 Stars of Indiana: Exceptional Hoosier Women” by: Michael S. Maurer

  7. “On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century” by: Timothy Snyder

  8. “Talking Politics?: What You Need to Know Before Opening Your Mouth” by: Sheila Suess Kennedy

  9. “The American Spirit: Who We Are and What We Stand” by: David McCullough


 

Must-Read Biographies

  1. “The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas” by: Gertrude Stein

  2. “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” by: Maya Angelou

  3. “Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman” by: Robert K. Massie

  4. “The Story of My Life” by: Helen Keller

  5. “I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban” by: Malala Yousafza

  6. “Eleanor Roosevelt, Vols. 1 & 2” by: Blanche Weisen Cook

 

Must-Watch Ted Talks

  1. Presented by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, “The Dangers of a Single Story”

    1. https://www.ted.com/talks/chimamanda_adichie_the_danger_of_a_single_story

  2. Presented by Paula Stone Williams, “I've lived as a man & a woman, here's what I learned”

    1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lrYx7HaUlMY

  3. Presented by Maysoon Zayid, “I got 99 problems... palsy is just one”

    1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=buRLc2eWGPQ&list=PL0nKakcqb4tRMwpoDZOEVyt_p-QZrKIpC

  4. Presented by Laura Bates, “Everyday Sexism”

    1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LhjsRjC6B8U