10 Novels About Feminist Utopias

It seems like for the last few years everyone’s either been reading about dystopian societies or feeling as though they are living in one, so as an antithesis to the depressing idea that all humanity is probably doomed, today we’re focusing on the brighter side of life!

There’s no denying that dystopia is en vogue but today we’re bucking the trend, and we’re doing so with some kick ass female characters. There’s no denying we live in a world where people think women aren’t suited to power and so today we’re not just looking at Utopias but feminist ones with a list of ten books about ten brilliant utopian societies, all with a matriarchal structure.

Happy reading!

The Left Hand of Darkness – Ursula le Guin

Not strictly Utopian but the planet Winter is pretty cool (no pun intended), everyone’s gender fluid and sexual prejudice doesn’t exist. Sounds pretty Utopian to me!

The Left Hand of Darkness

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Parable of the Sower – Octavia E. Butler

You’ll find this one shelved under post-apocalyptic, but as the shoots of a new society grow from the ashes of a destroyed one, a new faith and a new vision for human destiny is born.

Parable of the Sower

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Woman on the Edge of Time – Marge Piercy

It seems that even to have a Utopian future, we have to tolerate a shitty now as Woman on the Edge of Time shows, following one woman declared unfairly insane in the present, but contacted by an envoy from the future who shows her a Utopian 2137.

Woman on the Edge of Time

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The Female Man – Joanna Russ

This is the story of when three people from parallel worlds meet, a 1970s feminist, a warrior from an earth where men and woman are at war, a woman from a female utopian earth where men have died out, and a woman waiting for marriage in a past where the Depression never ended. Not strictly Utopian, but a worthy inclusion to the list.

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Ammonite – Nicola Griffith

Jeep is a world where the men died out and for centuries woman and lived and ruled the planet alone… until now.


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A Door Into Ocean – Joan Slonczewski

As sci-fi goes A Door into Ocean is an important piece of feminist literature.
A Door Into Ocean it concerns the Sharers of Shora, a nation of women on a distant moon in the far future who are pacifists, highly advanced in biological sciences, and who reproduce by parthenogenesis.

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The Herland Trilogy – Charlotte Perkins Gilman

This classic work of Utopian literature was released more than 100 years ago so is pretty groundbreaking. Herland describes an isolated society composed entirely of women who reproduce via parthenogenesis. The result is an ideal social order, free of war, conflict and domination, and is just what we’re looking for for this list.

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Motherlines – Suzy Mckee Charnas

Motherlines is the search for a feminist Utopia, following the story of
Alldera, who scapes from the Holdfast, a feudal post-holocaust enslave in which women are enslaved creatures, and survives a long trek in search of a community of women who reproduce parthenogenetically


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Wonder Woman: A Just War

War. For humankind, it is the oldest and deadliest enemy there is. And for Diana of Themyscira, the same is true…almost. Wonder Woman is a warrior from the feminist land of Themyscira, where men are forbidden and women are super-powered.

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The Dialectic of Sex – Shulamith Firestone

Ok so this one isn’t a novel about a female utopia, it’s the argument for a female led society and if you’re at all interested in the subject of female utopias, this is a must read. The Dialectic of sex was the first book of the women’s liberation movement to put forth a feminist theory of politics, and it provided the bones that many feminist novels are hung on.

The Dialectic of Sex

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We hope you find some good suggestions there and we’ll be back with more recommendations lists soon. If you want to ensure you never miss any of these, subscribe now.

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