“Don’t let the bastards grind you down.”
Books are glorious as they can stand on the uncharted precipice of “what if” and ask, “What if the world was different?” How would we feel about that? Authors take to pens or keyboards to make sense of the world. And unlike any other genre, SFF allows authors the freedom to ask big questions in creative circumstances. This freedom is how we got stories like The Handmaid’s Tale or Ursula K. Le Guin’s The Left Hand of Darkness that challenged gender roles and biases. Or, She Who Became the Sun by Shelly Parker-Chan that boldly reimagines the rise of the founding emperor of the Ming dynasty. There is true power in the “pen.” It can sway people, change minds, and bend the future.
Due to current events in the US, we as a team came together and selected a few novels that touch on women’s rights or women’s roles. This list is obviously not complete. Its depth and breadth would have to be ten times larger and contain more viewpoints from different cultures and backgrounds. Many of the plights of women including those identifying as female are universal but not all of them. However, this is an excellent selection of books to get one started.