Women Write Reading List

This page contains a list of titles and blogposts that I’ve read which I recommend for people trying to become more educated about the history of speculative fiction, particularly speculative fiction by women. I’m still learning, so this isn’t a static page – it’s a way for me to share my knowledge as I go. Recommendations welcome.

For posts, check the tags for Diversity Discussions and Feminist Readings.


The Geek Feminist Revolution. Kameron Hurley. Tor Books. May 31, 2016.

How to Suppress Women’s Writing. Joanna Russ. University of Texas Press; Reprint edition. April 17, 2018.

Monster, She Wrote: The Women Who Pioneered Horror and Speculative Fiction. Lisa Kroger and Melanie R. Anderson. Penguin Random House. September 17, 2019.

Furious Feminisms: Alternate Routes on Mad Max: Fury Road. Alexis L. Boylan, Anna Mae Duane, Michael Gill, and Barbara Gurr. University of Minesota Press. 2020.


Women Rise in Sci-fi (Again)“. Rose Eveleth. The Atlantic. November 5, 2014.

Fighting Erasure: Women SF Writers of the 1970s, A through F“. James Davis Nicoll. Tor.com. January 22, 2018.

Fighting Erasure: Women SF Writers of the 1970s, Part II.” James Davis Nicoll. Tor.com. February 12, 2018.

Fighting Erasure: Women SF Writers of the 1970s, Part III.” James Davis Nicoll. Tor.com. March 14, 2018.

Joanna Russ: The Science-Fiction Writer Who Said No.” B.D. McClay. The New Yorker. January 30, 2020.


The Future Is Female!: 25 Classic Science Fiction Stories by Women, from Pulp Pioneers to Ursula K. Le Guin. Ed. Lisa Yazcek.

Feminist Literary Theory.

The Madwoman in the Attic.

Negotiating with the Dead: A Writer on Writing. Margaret Atwood.

Daughters of Earth: Feminist Science Fiction in the Twentieth Century. Justine Larbalestier.

Women’s Space: Essays on Female Characters in the 21st Century Science Fiction Western

Joanna Russ (Modern Masters of Science Fiction). Gwyneth Jones.

The Lady from the Black Lagoon. Mallory O’Meara.

Sleeping with Monsters: Readings and Reactions in Science Fiction and Fantasy. Liz Bourke.

The Contested Castle: Gothic Novels and the Subversion of Domestic Ideology. Kate Ellis.

The Gothic Romance Wave: A Critical History of the Mass Market Novels, 1960-1993. Lori A. Paige

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