17. The Book of the City of Ladies — Christine de Pizan
Though I read this for my literature class in my first year of university, I absolutely adored this book. First off, it was written by a female author in the fifteenth century. That fact alone I find pretty incredible. If you think Jane Austen and the Bronte sisters were great in this respect, check out Pizan. She’s great.
Pizan also really loves going into misogyny and just ripping it apart in an eloquently worded manner. That basically is the entire point of the Book of the City of Ladies. She’s counterattacking the misogynistic connotations she finds in her life and times with this theoretical city of women she’s building from their inspiring and interesting stories. They’re all great, sometimes mythical but still quite incredible, women whose strength would lend to the walls, foundations, and turrets of her city.
I’m aware I’m biased as feminist literature just hits the spot, I would definitely recommend this novel to any young woman or man.