Given our nation’s current climate and the looming election, discussions of equality have entered the forefront of our political discussions. This selection of books discusses equality on all fronts and how each of us can become a catalyst for positive change.

Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

Told from the perspective of a former government employee, this evocative novel gives specific steps for enacting change in one’s own life. Based on years of experience examining systems of both justice and injustice, Stevenson expertly explains how we, as individuals, can create a better future. This biography is a compelling call to action.

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Outlaw Woman by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

Dunbar-Ortiz’s incredible memoir gives a frontline account of fighting against injustice during the early women’s liberation movement. This reflection on the movement picks up where her previous memoir left off, coming together to form the life story of one of the trailblazers in women’s rights. It is a must-read for anyone passionate about grassroots organizing and the pursuit of true equality.

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Untamed Equality by Todd A. Weiler

Told from a national security professional background, this book explains how the United States has entered a new era of pursuing equality. The days of sit-ins have given way to far more intense protests to accomplish goals of complete inclusion. Safety and security are at the forefront of this book’s message, making it a perfect playbook for activism in an era of government unrest.

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Tomorrow Will Be Different by Sarah McBride

Told from the perspective of a woman running to become the first openly trans congresswoman in history, this memoir divulges what life is like as an active politician fighting for your own rights. Sarah McBride fearlessly discusses what it’s like to petition for your own fair treatment when your colleagues wish to see the opposite. This piece will certainly fuel a fire within anyone hoping for a brighter future.

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The Twilight of Equality? by Lisa Duggan

This book focuses more on racial and gender inequities and how societies flourish from the redistribution of resources than others on this list, thus providing an interesting perspective. The author discusses cultural politics and economics and the contexts in which they impact our daily lives.

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Five Dollars and a Pork Chop Sandwich by Mary Frances Berry

Berry’s title mainly focuses on American politics and how our democratic system is influenced by corporate PACs and corrupt politicians. Readers will have their eyes opened to how things are not always what they seem in a democracy. This is the perfect read for someone seeking to understand American politics beyond bipartisanship.

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Power and Principle by Zbigniew Brzezinski

Former national security advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski speaks on U.S. foreign policy from the perspective of someone who has stood on the front lines. He articulately explains the injustices that occur within lawmaking and international affairs, providing an intriguing read for government and history buffs as well as those simply looking to understand how the U.S. operates beyond our borders.

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There Will Be No Miracles Here by Casey Gerald

This moving memoir on growing up Black in America is a timely and evocative commentary on how members of marginalized communities must rely on each other when governments fail them. Perhaps never so pertinent, this book truly encompasses the daily injustices that we must fight to prevent in any way possible.

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On Political Equality by Robert Dahl

As the title suggests, this book speaks on fundamental problems with equality and how governments fall short of ensuring the rights of their constituents. Written by a former Yale political science professor, it explores the roots of American politics as well as the framework necessary for true equality.

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