“Feminism” was officially declared the 2017 Word of the Year by Merriam-Webster. Not only was it one of the most looked up word for the year but there was also a 70% increase in searches from the previous year. Other contenders for the honor included “dotard“, “complicit“, “recuse” and “empathy“.
Though there may have been a large political motivated movement behind the gain in popularity, that was not the only reason. Feminism also became a popular theme in entertainment, with films and television shows such as “Wonder Women” and “The Handmaid’s Tale” being extremely popular in 2017.
So why not check out some of these titles highlighting female equality:
“Bad Feminist” comprises of a series of amusing essays that explore the concept of being a feminist while loving things that could seem at odds with the mainstream feminist ideology.
“Why Not Me” is a humorous collection of autobiographical essays written by actress Mindy Kaling.
In “We should all be feminists”, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie offers an adaptation of her much admired TEDx talk that explores an unique definition of feminism for the twenty-first century.