This month, in honor of Women's History Month, we're reading books by and about badass women – from outspoken columnists to punk icons. Now's the perfect time to hear these women's stories and ideas.
Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay
Bad Feminist is a must-read for all. Gay explores societal misconceptions about feminism, including the common ideology that "feminist" is synonymous with "man hater," causing a slew of female celebrities to reject the label. Bad Feminist also touches on how we as feminists contradict ourselves (admit it, you sing along to that rap song that definitely objectifies women and watch that tv show that absolutely doesn't pass the bechdel test) and how modern day feminism can be excluding towards women of color, plus-sized, and trans women.
Tranny: Confessions of Punk Rock's Most Infamous Anarchist Sellout by Laura Jane Grace
Don't let the name of Laura Jane Grace's biography deter you. The front-woman of punk band Against Me! used the T-slur as the title of her book for a good reason. Tranny explores years of self-hatred, gender identity dysphoria, use of music and drugs as a distraction, and – eventually – acceptance. Grace tells her story in a way that is completely raw and unfiltered, not holding any details back, and explores the trials and tribulations of transgendered women in the spotlight.
M Train by Patti Smith
Punk singer, songwriter, and poet Patti Smith's M Train delivers stories from the icon's adulthood, serving as a sort of sequel to her first biography Just Kids, including tales of her husband's passing and friendship with fellow badass woman Frida Kahlo. Smith tells tales of stardom in her typical non-linear ways, but rather than a book about how to achieve success, Smith talks about surviving success and the passage of time.