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The covers of our 5 autumn reading picks

As the evenings get darker and autumn sets in (boo), now is the perfect time to stay in and cosy up with a great book and a blanket (yay). We've rounded up our top five that will leave you celebrating your body, your menstrual cycle and the power of feminism.

1. Period Power, Maisie Hill

The front cover of Period Power by Maisie Hill

Everyone who menstruates should read this book. This little book is a carefully put together manual on bleeding, menstruation and womb or hormone-related problems. By the end of the book, you’ll understand the cycles of menstruation and how you can work with your ‘inner-seasons’ to be riding the crimson waves with style! We especially like the hormone balancing trick of ‘seed cycling’ - eating two tablespoons of each flax and pumpkin seeds in the first two weeks of your cycle, and two tablespoons of sesame and sunflower seeds in the second half to balance your hormones. Except more simple, practical ways to go with your own flow!

2. How to work like a woman: A Manifesto For Change, Mary Portas

Front cover of Work Like a Woman buy Mary Portas

Whoever you are (and that includes you, men!), and whatever your work - this is a great book for gaining practical steps on how to live the ‘work smarter, not harder’ mantra. Mary Portas, as a woman on a mission, is hoping to break down the typical ‘alpha’ work hierarchy that’s been reigning for too long. We’re with you Mary.

3. Code Red: Know Your Flow, Unlock Your Super Powers and Create a Bloody Amazing Life. Period., Lisa Lister

Front cover of Code Red by Lisa Lister

Periods... such a pain, right? How about if we fell in love with them and embraced our lady landscapes?! This is what Lisa Lister is guiding us to do in her powerful book, and she does so with sass and compassion. If you’re ready to harness your inner goddess and unleash the powers of your feminine wisdom, Lisa’s got your back. Get ready to be empowered!

4. It’s only blood: Shattering the Taboo of Menstruation, Anna Dahlqvist

Front cover of It's Only Blood by Anna Dahlqvist

Here at Fempowered HQ, fighting against period taboos is in our DNA, so this read was a no-brainer. Anna Dahlqvist gives us a thought-provoking journey through the different ways in which periods have shamed people across the globe. She looks at how poverty, religion and different cultures can have an awful rippling effect on generations of women, girls and anyone who menstruates. It also gives us hope as we find out what can be done about it and steps to break these taboos.

5. Feminists don’t wear pink (and other lies): Amazing women on what the F-word means to them, Scarlett Curtis

Front cover of Feminists Don't Wear Pink and Other Lies, curated by Scarlett Curtis

We love Scarlett. She was one of the group that started the #FreePeriods movement as a co-founder of the feminist activist group, The Pink Protest. So if you’re looking for a feminist pick-me-up, this book won’t let you down. You’ll laugh, you'll cry, you’ll get angry. This book is a collection of stories from women who want their voices to be heard. With contributors such as Adwoa Aboah and Jameela Jamil, you’re in for a treat. Crack open that bottle of red and get stuck in...

October 22, 2019 — Team Fempowered