There is a common misconception that if a book is about a woman, then it must also be feminist. Sadly, this is most definitely not the case. Many books that claim to tell the story of women, often reinforce notions of gender conformity and patriarchy disguised in historical analysis. For a book to claim feminism as its project, it must examine women’s lives or ideas that attempt to change gender norms. It may seem like a daunting task when you consider the number of books published yearly that take the lives of women (both as individuals and collectively) as their topic, to find one that also offers a feminist analysis. But have no fear, what follows is a list of books that will fulfill both your curiosity about the lived experiences of historical women and your desire to smash the patriarchy.