While there is no doubt that women’s stories and women writers — and particularly women writers of color — have been underrepresented in literature since before Johannes Gutenberg invented the printing press (that’s pre-1440 for anyone who doesn’t keep obscure historical facts filed away in their brain at all times) there’s also no doubt that women’s literary representation has increased significantly in recent years. Organizations like VIDA and their annual VIDA Count, an inventory of how many women writers are published or have had their books reviewed by notable literary magazines, as compared to men (and one that has recently been expanded to take into account race and ethnicity, gender, sexual identity, and ability) have gone a long way in holding the publishing community accountable for sexual bias, and have helped pave the way for women writers to publish more widely, and with greater visibility.
While women writers have always put exceptionally well written and powerful work out into the world, the last decade of publishing has seen an especially notable number of books written by women, that all women should read. (At least as evidenced by the fact that my TBR pile will not stop falling over.) Check out these 16 books from the last decade that every woman should read.