"A Well-Read Woman Is a Dangerous Creature:" 10 Books With Big Ideas

Somewhere along the way in the movement for equality, the "F-word" has become a euphemism for feminism, implying that it's dirty, shameful, and offensive. While it seems to be getting more and more loaded and misunderstood, it also grows more and more essential. Indeed, at its core, feminism is "the doctrine advocating social, political, and all other rights of women equal to those of men," as the dictionary defines it.

In an effort to reshape the conversation and spread the knowledge of what gender equality is all about, we rounded up 10 books that challenge, inspire, uphold, and unpack feminism. After all, as author Lisa Kleypas says, "A well-read woman is a dangerous creature." Each book teaches us about feminism's transformative power, why we need it, and how to really harness it to create effective change. To turn the page on equality, check out the 10 empowering books on feminism below, from novels and memoirs to scholarly works.