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Be the champion of your own life
6 Books that address women's rights issues published on June 11, 2014 by Special Reports

We've come a long way since frilly aprons and Donna Reed, but the fight still rages for women's rights.

College girls are raped for wearing short skirts. Sexual harassment in the workplace is rampant. Women still aren't making as much money as men. It's all a bunch of bad, bad news. Did I just ruin your day?

Well, have some hope. Despite the slow-moving evolution of women's rights, the issue has not been ignored in literature. Strong female characters continue to stand up for what's right.

Tina Fey talks women's reproductive rights >>

Do you want to be the heroine of your own story? Here is a list of fiction that addresses women's rights issues that will get you riled up for "our side." Read and feel inspired. Remember: Change starts with you.

1. Dagger in the Cup by JB Hamilton Queen

Sixteen-year-old Shug Yokem is a mountain girl, and she knows her forest well. She's lived a life of peace in the natural world, but soon, an abusive stepfather shows up who destroys the life of her family and sends Shug to a home for the feeble-minded. She must escape, but first, she must save her fellow incarcerated women - then her family - from a patriarchal reign that threatens their freedom and their lives. This book will get you fiery as it tackles reproductive rights, race and female stereotypes.

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