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Fiction That Made Me A Feminist

A chronology of books from childhood to the present.

I’ve been a bookworm since I can remember. But whether I was naturally attracted to novels that reflected my latent feminism, or the books I happened to read helped shape the values I have today, here is a chronology of the books—from Eloise to Jane Eyre—that have inspired my strong sense of girl power.

Eloise is a little girl living the dream at The Plaza Hotel in New York City with her nanny, her dog Weenie and her turtle Skipperdee. She is not yet pretty but she is already a Person and she is interested in people when they are not boring. For a precocious girl like myself, little Eloise’s glamorous life, her “personhood” and her opinions were all the validation I needed to march to my own drummer, just like the main character herself.

About Alexandra Gekas

ALEXANDRA GEKAS is a New York City-based editor, writer and book worm. In college, her dad told her to major in whatever she was passionate about, so she picked English literature, which led her to her career in journalism. So, really has the library to thank for it all.

Her complete list of titles can be found at Fiction That made me a Feminist.


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