7 Books to Read If You Want to Make the World Better

Read, resist, repeat: a book list from the author of A Girl's Guide to Joining the Resistance.

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On November 9, 2016, I thought was going to report on the election of our nation’s first woman president. Instead, I found myself outside the Clinton campaign’s election night party interviewing weeping women, men, and children who feared for their lives and the future of their country. The next day, I was tempted to crawl into a ball and not get up until 2020. Instead, I went to the office and got to work covering the budding resistance. I covered the Women’s March and the rise of progressive women stepping up to run for office, and then the scores of women who began speaking out about their own experiences of assault and harassment and pushing back against a culture that allows women to be devalued. Thus, the seed of my book, A Girl’s Guide To Joining The Resistance, was born.

I spent the following months interviewing the women who have been doing the work of resistance for years and sometimes even decades, then compiled their words of wisdom and distilled them into distinct pieces of advice on how you can show your care. As Sen. Elizabeth Warren told me, “If you don’t have a seat at the table, then you’re probably on the menu.”

But of course, one book can never contain everything you need, so below are seven more essential books if you’re ready to get righteously angry and get involved.

Featured Image: Hanna Barczyk; Author Photo: Damon Dahlen

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EMMA GRAY is the Executive Women’s Editor at HuffPost. She’s also the co-host of the Bachelor-themed podcast, “Here To Make Friends,” which was named a “must-listen” by The Daily Dot, and has appeared as an expert on the Today ShowGood Morning AmericaThe Insider, and Entertainment Tonight. Emma is an alum of McGill University in Montreal, which is probably why she has such a soft spot for poutine and St. Viateur bagels.

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