Reading lists

Looking for great feminist fiction? We’ve picked out a host of great books that pass the Bechdel test

The Bechdel test, named after feminist cartoonist Alison Bechdel, has been around since 1985, and measures whether works of fiction actively include women's voices. To pass, a story must include two  women having a conversation about something other than a man. While a pass is less common than you might expect, these books have got it covered.

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