5 Books that Bring Intersectional Feminism to the Forefront

In a political climate where there is a fast-growing awareness of how unfairly women are being treated at work, in school, and at home, it’s imperative to ensure that there aren’t women’s voices who are being left out of the conversation. I constantly hear conversations about whether or not the hijab can be a feminist statement, with few hijabi women weighing in on the discussion. I see white female celebrities in the #MeToo movement being featured prominently, while Black women’s accusations are often suppressed. Intersectional feminism has always been necessary, but when Kimberlé Crenshaw coined the term, marginalized women were already living the reality of the concept of intersectionality.

The following list moves the focus away from the needs, words, and voices of white, cishet, non-disabled affluent women. This list brings intersectional feminism to the forefront. It’s critical for us to recognize that we are not the same, that some of us are facing a double-bind or triple-bind of oppression, and all of us deserve to be free. True freedom is when we are all liberated — not just a privileged few. Like Audre Lorde said, “I am not free while any woman is unfree, even when her shackles are very different from my own.”