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WWC Summer Read Recommendations


This book recommendation list is compiled by WWC staff and volunteers to guide you on what to read during the upcoming holiday if you want to learn and reflect more about feminism and worker’s rights! 

Updated on 21 December 2021 

Disclaimer: Please note that this is general information and should not be taken as legal advice. Working Women Centre SA doesn’t own the copyrights of the following books. 


Invisible Women

by Caroline Criado Perez

All about how data excludes women in day-to-day life. pretty dense but easy to understand/read, has a chapter exclusively on work.


Dirt Cheap: Life at the Wrong End of the Job Market

by Elizabeth Wynhausen

Stories from an academic who went undercover in a number of ‘low-skilled’ jobs to see what life in that line of work was like.


Sex, Lies and Question Time 

by Kate Ellis 

Former Australian politician Kate Ellis explores the good, the bad and the ugly of life as a woman in Australian politics.


White Feminism

by Koa Beck  

About the knotted history of racism within women’s movements and feminist culture, past and present 


Hood Feminism

by Mikki Kendall

About how the mainstream feminist movement has failed to acknowledge the basic needs and issues that often plague women of color, including food security, educational access, a living wage and safety from gun violence. 


Can’t we all be feminists?

by Brit Bennett, Nicole Dennis-Benn and 15 others 

Intersectionality, identity, and the way forward for feminism.


The Testaments

by Margaret Atwood 

A sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale (1985). The novel is set 15 years after the events of The Handmaid’s Tale. It is narrated by: Aunt Lydia, a character from the previous novel; Agnes, a young woman living in Gilead; and Daisy, a young woman living in Canada.


Kim Ji-youngBorn 1982

by Cho Nam-Joo  

A novel. The life story of one young woman born at the end of the twentieth century raises questions about endemic misogyny and institutional oppression. 


The Great Believers

by Rebecca Makkai

A novel following the AIDS crisis in Chicago. Love, community and activism. This story will stay with you for life.  

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