Popular social movements including Free the Nipple and #MeToo highlight the emergence of fourth-wave feminism in public discourse, a discourse that involves and effects all ages.
For young people eager to engage in the conversation, feminist young adult novels provide a great place to develop some talking points. Though they can certainly dive into The Second Sex or The Feminine Mystique, young adults probably want to read material more suited to their age and immediate interests. Thankfully, plenty of authors incorporate feminism and its ideals into their novels' plots, themes, and characters. In doing so, these writers introduce and normalize feminism for a younger audience. Through feminist fiction for young adults, youth are exposed to concepts such as sexual harassment and misogyny in ways they both understand and identify with. If modern TV shows can proudly be feminist, so can your teen's literature.
This collection of texts and novels offers a variety of genre options for young adults and teens. Though not every novel explicitly concerns feminism, books with female-identifying lead characters still embody and present the movement's ideals in a way young folks more easily digest. Fantasy series featuring dynamic women in lead roles appear alongside standalone novels about sexuality, activism, and the cruel politics of high school. Young people, regardless of their gender identity or sex, stand to learn a lot from books like these.