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10 Vintage books that celebrate International Women's Day

To mark International Women's Day we at Vintage wanted to put together a reading list that celebrates the best literature to tackle women's equality. Here you'll find everything from the classic proto-feminist text to a modern graphic novel depicting the unique toll taken by completing a PhD.


A Vindication of the Rights of Women

Mary Wollstonecraft

'My own sex, I hope, will excuse me, if I treat them like rational creatures, instead of flattering their fascinating graces, and viewing them as if they were in a state of perpetual childhood, unable to stand alone.'



The Second Sex

Simone de Beauvoir

'Representation of the world, like the world itself, is the work of men; they describe it from their own point of view, which they confuse with absolute truth.'


The Beauty Myth

Naomi Wolf

'A culture fixated on female thinness is not an obsession about female beauty, but an obsession about female obedience. Dieting is the most potent political sedative in women’s history; a quietly mad population is a tractable one.'



Fear of Flying

Erica Jong

'Do you want me to tell you something really subversive? Love is everything it's cracked up to be. That's why people are so cynical about it. It really is worth fighting for, being brave for, risking everything for. And the trouble is, if you don't risk anything, you risk even more.'



The Handmaid's Tale 

Margaret Atwood 

'We were the people who were not in the papers. We lived in the blank white spaces at the edges of print. It gave us more freedom.

We lived in the gaps between the stories.'




Find out more about International Women's Day here.

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