Feminism has had a big year. In the media, in the government, in pop culture, the movement has been making big strides. Feminist visibility and the idea of intersectional feminism have been more popular topics of discussion than ever. It’s amazing to see feminism everywhere and anywhere, and seeing it in literature is no less exciting. Reading novels with awesome fictional feminist characters has just as much of an impact as reading about real life feminist heroes. Literature shapes the way people think, and protagonists set the bar and get society thinking, even in fiction — especially in fiction.
Personally, I’ve learned some of my biggest lessons by reading. Schools use To Kill A Mockingbird to raise questions about race and class, and instil a sense of morality in their students. Parents use picture books to to teach their children everything from table manners to sharing. Using literature to expand and teach the importance of feminism and strong female characters is no difference. Whether you’re into young adult fiction, mystery, romance, or historical fiction, there’s a feminist character available in every genre. Consider reading these books that feature strong feminist characters to your bookshelf, so you’re never lacking in feminist friends — even if they’re fictional.