Donald Trump is officially the President of the United States, and, according to some, the fight is over. But to others, and, hopefully to all those scared of what the future holds for America, the fight has only just begun. If the lengthy Presidential campaign and keeping up with the President’s numerous tweets has worn you out, it’s time to crack open a book and get ready to fight.
“The Handmaid’s Tale”
Margaret Atwood’s novel about a dystopian future in which the women are seen only as vessels through which the human race can be rejuvenated seems all too relevant and perhaps foreshadowing. Bonus: It’s been adapted into a series for Hulu, and Elisabeth Moss is starring in it.
George Orwell’s magnum opus is one of the most iconic tales of fighting against authority. This book was first published in 1949 and has earned status as a classic work of historic literature. Apparently not much has changed since then.
“Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions”
This collection of essays and articles by Gloria Steinem gives readers a look into the decades of incredible work by the feminist activist, including classics like “I Was a Playboy Bunny” and the intimate essay about her mother, “Ruth’s Song.” Reading about Steinem’s work will definitely inspire groundbreaking feminists of the future.
This work by Frank Kafka tells the story of Josef K, a man prosecuted by an authoritarian force who is never told what the crime he apparently committed is. It’s all too relevant, and it’s terrifying.
“Against Our Our Will”
Susan Brownmiller’s book about rape was published in 1975, but, given that a man who bragged about sexually assaulting women was just handed the highest power in the country, it’s worth revisiting. In her book, Brownmiller argues that rape is "a conscious process of intimidation by which all men keep all women in a state of fear." That sounds about right.
“The Good Girls Revolt: How the Women of Newsweek Sued their Bosses and Changed the Workplace”
A true story of the lawsuit brought upon Newsweek magazine by its female employees, this book by journalist Lynn Povich details the secret meetings and work that went into the lawsuit, as well as the short- and long-term effects of the lawsuit. And it was adapted into a wonderfully entertaining series for Amazon Prime.