25 Gifts for Fearless Feminists in 2016

November 14, 2016

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Can’t figure out what to get your favorite feminists this holiday season? Here’s a handy cheat sheet for everyone on your list, from toddlers to second-wavers. This year’s guide has been updated from our previous ones to make your gift-finding mission even easier. We’ve expanded our scope to include all ages, and every product is gender neutral, so don’t forget about the boys, parents, and grandparents on your list. And if you’re on a budget, don’t fret: Most of this year’s 25 picks are $25 or less!

Our 2016 guide includes some of last year’s most popular categories, plus a few new favorites:

  • Defies Stereotypes
  • Teaches Empathy
  • Promotes Professional and Leadership Development
  • Makes a Charitable Impact
  • Encourages Self-Carenew!
  • Honors Women’s Historynew!
  • Required Readingnew!
  • Feminist Swagnew!

Shop by age group:

Zero–ThreeFour–SixSeven–TenTweensTeensCollege StudentsGraduate Students and Young ProfessionalsProfessionals and Parents65+

Zero–Three


Future Feminist Onesie

AAUW

Age Groups: Zero–Three
Categories: Feminist Swag, Makes a Charitable Impact

Baby feminist and proud of it! This shirt is perfect for the latest recruits to the movement. It’s pure cotton, so it’s soft next to baby’s skin. Available in three sizes from six to 18 months.

$10, ShopAAUW


Four–Six


02-the_most_magnificent_thingThe Most Magnificent Thing, written and illustrated by Ashley Spires

Kids Can Press
Photo Credit: Kids Can Press

Age Groups: Zero–Three, Four–Six
Categories: Required Reading, Defies Stereotypes, Teaches Empathy

The vivid imagery and clever writing in award-winning Spires’ The Most Magnificent Thing will help inspire the future STEMinists in your life to dream big, think outside the box, and not let setbacks stop them from making their own magnificent things.

$16.95 (hardcover), Amazon


The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch, illustrated by Michael Martchenko

Annick Press
Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Age Group: Four–Six
Categories: Required Reading, Defies Stereotypes

Heralded by the New York Times as one of the “best children’s books ever written,” this must-have classic puts a feminist twist on fairy tale tropes through the story of a resourceful princess and her useless prince.

$7.99 (board book), Amazon


Seven–Ten


04-girl-is-not-a-4-letter-word-tshirtGirl Is NOT a Four-Letter Word T-shirt

Girl Is Not a Four-Letter Word
Image Credit: Girl is NOT a 4 Letter Word.

Age Groups: Four–Six, Seven–Ten
Categories: Feminist Swag, Defies Stereotypes

If you like the message on the front of the shirt, you’ll love what’s printed on the back: “Be a rebel. Take a risk. Have adventures. Regret nothing.” (Feeling a little gift envy? Don’t worry — they carry adult sizes, too! But note that the message on the back of the adult shirt is different.)

$22, Girl Is Not a Four Letter Word


05-grace-for-president

Grace for President by Kelly S. DiPucchio, illustrated by LeUyen Pham

Disney-Hyperion

Age Group: Seven–Ten
Categories: Required Reading, Defies Stereotypes

Inspired by the historic 2016 election to support more women in politics? This story about a grade school girl who decides to be the first female president is a great introduction to America’s electoral system and applauds leadership skills for the future leaders in your life.

$16.99 (hardcover), Amazon


Tweens


06-hidden-figuresHidden Figures: Young Readers’ Edition, by Margot Lee Shetterly

Harper Collins
Photo Credit: Harper Collins

Age Groups: Seven–Ten, Tweens
Categories: Required Reading, Honors Women’s History, Defies Stereotypes

Know someone who is fired up about the trailer for the new Hidden Figures movie? While you wait for the film’s release in January 2017, read the source material on these three African-American women whose brilliance and determination really were out of this world!

$16.99 (hardcover), Amazon (preorder)


Teens


07-child-of-lightChild of Light

Ubisoft
Photo Credit: Ubisoft

Age Groups: Seven–Ten, Tweens, Teens
Categories: Defies Stereotypes

It’s challenging to find empowering depictions of women and girls in video games, which is part of what makes Child of Light so special. The other part? The absolutely gorgeous visuals from this “playable poem” that follows the coming-of-age journey of Aurora, a “young girl struggling to save a lost kingdom and her ailing father.”

$14.99 (digital game code), Amazon


College Students


08-nccwslLife-Changing Leadership Conference: NCCWSL 2017

AAUW

Age Group: College Students
Categories: Promotes Professional and Leadership Development, Makes a Charitable Impact

How can college students redefine leadership? At AAUW’s National Conference for College Women Student Leaders (NCCWSL), students make their future what they want through a transformative, three-day experience. Not in college? Don’t let the young leaders you know miss out on this amazing conference from May 31 to June 3, 2017. Give the gift of leadership today!

$425 (expires February 28, 2017), www.nccwsl.org (registration opens December 5, 2016)


Graduate Students and Young Professionals


09-you-go-girl-tshirtYou Go Girl! T-shirt

Woot!

Photo Credit: Woot!

Age Groups: Tweens, Teens, College Students, Graduate Students and Young Professionals

Categories: Defies Stereotypes, Feminist Swag

Haven’t you heard? Females are strong as hell. Flaunt your favorite on-screen heroines loud and proud with this fun illustrated tee.

$11–14, Woot


10-feminist-notebooksFeminist Notebooks

The School of Life
Photo Credit: The School of Life

Age Groups: Tweens, Teens, College Students, Graduate Students and Young Professionals, Professionals, Parents, 65+
Categories: Honors Women’s History, Encourages Self-Care

Get inspired by a great feminist thinker (each of these three beautiful notebooks is dedicated to one woman), then add your own thoughts — journaling, to-do lists, or doodles for your feminist manifesto. Ships from the United Kingdom, so leave yourself enough time to order.

$20, The School of Life


11-patriarchy-tshirtKeep Calm and Fight the Patriarchy T-shirt

AAUW

Age Groups: Teens, College Students, Graduate Students and Young Professionals
Categories: Feminist Swag, Makes a Charitable Impact

We could all use a boost in 2016 encouraging us to keep fighting the patriarchy. The perfect shirt to show off your Younger Women’s Task Force pride (more on YWTF below) or give to your feminist squad.

$15, ShopAAUW


Professionals and Parents


12-barb-toteBarb Knows Best Tote Bag

HUMAN
Photo Credit: HUMAN

Age Groups: Teens, College Students, Graduate Students and Young Professionals, Professionals, Parents.
Categories: Feminist Swag

We’re totes on board with this bag’s agenda. While you wait for season two of Stranger Things to turn your world upside down, take this bag everywhere you go — whether that’s your local farmers market or fighting the Demogorgon.

$29, HUMAN


13-gender-and-pizza-mugWho Needs Gender Roles? Coffee Mug

HUMAN

Photo Credit: HUMAN

Age Groups: College Students, Graduate Students and Young Professionals, Professionals, Parents
Categories: Defies Stereotypes, Feminist Swag

This mug’s message is pretty hard to argue with, whether it’s holding your morning fix, awaiting your afternoon pick-me-up, or helping you through an all-nighter before a big exam.

$19, HUMAN


14-feminist-fight-clubFeminist Fight Club: An Office Survival Manual for a Sexist Workplace, by Jessica Bennett

Harper Collins
Photo Credit: Harper Collins

Age Groups: College Students, Graduate Students and Young Professionals, Professionals
Categories: Required Reading, Promotes Professional and Leadership Development

Feminist Fight Club is as hilarious and insightful as it is infuriating and motivating. Bennett’s blend of personal stories with research, statistics, and advice is a must-read for any woman in (or about to enter) the workplace. Plus, tips for handling the “manterrupters” and “himitators” who could use a good calling out!

$24.99 (hardcover), Amazon


15-ywtfMeet a New Feminist Community with the Younger Women’s Task Force (YWTF)

AAUW
Age Group: Graduate Students and Young Professionals
Categories: Promotes Professional and Leadership Development, Makes a Charitable Impact

This holiday season, give the college grads in your life the gift of a safe space and inclusive community where they can explore their leadership path, gain new skills, and fight for social justice. First-time members can join AAUW’s Younger Women’s Task Force for the promotional rate of $21.

$21, AAUW


16-boss-babes-coloring-bookBoss Babes: A Coloring and Activity Book for Grown-Ups, by Michelle Volansky

Workman Publishing
Photo Credit: Workman Publishing

Age Groups: College Students, Graduate Students and Young Professionals
Categories: Encourages Self-Care, Honors Women’s History

Over the last year, every kid’s favorite grade school hobby has become all the rage among grownups in their self-care routines. Boss Babes is a great way to unwind and learn something new about your favorite heroes.

$10.95 (paperback), Amazon


65+


Ask Me about My Feminist Agenda T-shirt

Red Bubble
Photo Credit: Red Bubble

Age Groups: College Students, Graduate Students and Young Professionals, Professionals, Parents, 65+
Categories: Feminist Swag, Defies Stereotypes

Whether you #StandWithChelseaCain or just love smashing the patriarchy in style, this tee is a great fit for any feminist.

$24.80, Red Bubble


“Keep the Damned Women Out”: The Struggle for Coeducation, by Nancy Weiss Malkiel

Princeton University Press
Photo Credit: Princeton University Press

Age Groups: College Students, Graduate Students and Young Professionals, Professionals, Parents, 65+
Categories: Required Reading, Honors Women’s History

Remember the fight for coeducation firsthand? Want to learn more about the brave women whose legacy you’ve inherited? Either way, this definitive book on the subject is sure to uncover memories or fire up campus activists for the next great movement.

$35, Amazon


19-equityEquity

Sony Pictures Classics
Photo Credit: Sony Pictures Classics

Age Groups: College Students, Graduate Students and Young Professionals, Professionals, Parents, 65+
Categories: Defies Stereotypes

A “bracing, witty, and suspenseful” thriller, Equity follows the women of Wall Street as they thrive on competition and ambition to stay equal in the game. Starring Anna Gunn (Breaking Bad) and costarring producers Alysia Reiner (Orange Is the New Black) and Sarah Megan Thomas, the film assembled a women-driven team, both on screen and behind the camera. What’s more, the film credits include an AAUW member: AAUW of New Jersey member Candy Straight teamed up with the producers to help raise money for the film.

$30.99 (Blu-Ray) or $25.99 (DVD), Amazon (Preorder. Available on December 13, 2016)


20-the-typeThe Type, by Sarah Kay

Hachette Book Group
Photo Credit: Hachette Book Group

Age Groups: College Students, Graduate Students and Young Professionals, Professionals, Parents, 65+
Categories: Required Reading, Encourages Self-Care

Powerful spoken-word poet Sarah Kay’s latest single-poem volume is all about the barriers and biases that women face. It preaches empowerment and individualism in addressing the realities about womanhood and offers a great resource for self-reflection and inspiration.

$9 (hardcover), Amazon


Fridge Feminism Magnets

AAUW

Age Groups: College Students, Graduate Students and Young Professionals, Professionals, Parents, 65+
Categories: Feminist Swag

Turn your refrigerator into a feminist playground! Playing off popular fridge poetry sets, you can create your empowering sentiments with this pack of Fridge Feminism. The set contains 52 magnetic words that’ll make a great stocking stuffer and look great in dormitories and family kitchens alike.

$5, ShopAAUW


22-flo-kennedyFlorynce “Flo” Kennedy: The Life of a Black Feminist Radical, by Sherie M. Randolph

The University of North Carolina Press
Photo Credit: University of North Carolina Press

Age Groups: College Students, Graduate Students and Young Professionals, Professionals, Parents, 65+
Categories: Required Reading, Honors Women’s History

This first biography of Flo Kennedy by 2005–06 AAUW American Fellow Sherie Randolph is a must-read for anyone interested in how today’s social justice, racial equality, and feminist movements can and should intersect. Want to dig deeper? Keep an eye out for AAUW’s online book discussion with Randolph in February!

$30 (hardcover), Amazon


fall-2016-outlookAAUW Outlook Magazine Subscription

AAUW

Age Groups: Graduate Students and Young Professionals, Professionals, Parents, 65+
Categories: Required Reading, Makes a Charitable Impact

Not only is our award-winning quarterly magazine a great resource for in-depth feminist news and resources, but a free AAUW membership comes with each subscription!

$21 for first-time subscribers, AAUW


24-rbg-apronNotorious RBG Apron

Zazzle
Photo Credit: Zazzle

Age Groups: Graduate Students and Young Professionals, Professionals, Parents, 65+
Categories: Feminist Swag, Honors Women’s History

Here’s the perfect way to do justice to the chef whose culinary skills are as sharp as RBG’s blistering dissents. The apron comes in your choice of three colors, and it’s also available in children’s sizes for your sous-chef.

$22.30, Zazzle


25-aauw-scarfAAUW Paisley Scarf

AAUW

Age Groups: Professionals, Parents, 65+
Categories: Feminist Swag, Makes a Charitable Impact

Calling all silk scarf enthusiasts! This custom 100 percent silk scarf, designed by AAUW’s award-winning art department, is a great gift to show off your flair — and your AAUW pride.

$35, ShopAAUW



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