Despite the significant progress made in the representations of women in writing and publishing literature, there’s still plenty of work to be done when it comes to popularizing and analyzing texts written by women. With that in mind, we here at Goliath have collected 10 novels that were written by women which you should read immediately. It’s a wide and varied sort, but we’ve made sure there’s something for everyone, from classics to science fiction to mystery. So go ahead and cuddle up in your favorite recliner with one of these texts and appreciate some fine literature written by the fairer sex.
10. The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
Canadian author Margaret Atwood often writes novels labelled as “speculative fiction,” which combine elements of science fiction, horror and fantasy to explore troubling themes present in today’s society. Her most famous novel, The Handmaid’s Tale, uses the tropes afforded by its genre to explore misogyny, power relations and prejudice against women, while delving deep into the ways in which those women can regain agency and control in their lives. Winner of the 1985 Governor General’s Award, the novel follows Offred, a concubine, who is expected to act as a surrogate for a high ranking general and his wife. Stretching to offer insight on themes of government, body politics, class and gender, the novel has much to say, part of the reason it’s become a classic and is often recognized as Atwood’s finest work. An excellent place to start when looking for some pro-woman literature.