To announce our summer break in 2023 on Instagram, we posted a beach read pick and asked for more (feminist) book recommendations in our story. We were pretty delighted and overwhelmed how many recommendations flooded into our inbox. This initiated the following literature list, which is by no means comprehensive but a nice start if you want to delve into specific topics further.
Special thanks go to Zoe Nieraeth who started acquiring a list of books that highlight careers or other achievements of gender minorities.
Do you want to add to the lists or are you missing a particularly interesting topic that should be added here? Please do get in touch with us by sending an email to hermathsstory [at] gmail [dot] com (or by contacting us via our social media channels).


[1] Zakaria, R. (2021). Against white feminism: Notes on disruption. WW Norton & Company.

[2] D’Ignazio, C., & Klein, L. F. (2020). Data feminism. MIT press.

[3] Doyle, G. (2020). Untamed. Dial Press.

[4] Roig, E. (2023). Das Ende der Ehe: Für eine Revolution der Liebe| Feministische Impulse für die Abschaffung einer patriarchalen Institution. Ullstein Buchverlage. (🇩🇪)

[5] Jaspers, L., Ryland, N. & Horch, S. (Eds.) (2022). Unlearn Patriarchy. Ullstein. (🇩🇪)

[6] Bücker, T. (2022). Alle_Zeit: eine Frage von Macht und Freiheit. Ullstein. (🇩🇪)

[7] Given F. (2020). Women don’t owe you pretty. Andrews McMeel Publishing.

[8] Urbaniak K. (2022). Unbound: a woman’s guide to power. Tarcherperigee.

[9] Ghodsee, K. (2018). Why women have better sex under socialism: And other arguments for economic independence. Random House.

[10] Kaiser, M. (2022). Wie viel: was wir mit Geld machen und was Geld mit uns macht. Rowohlt Polaris. (🇩🇪)

[11] hooks, b. (2000). Feminism is for everybody: Passionate politics. Pluto Press.

[12] Donald, A. (2023). Not Just for the Boys: Why We Need More Women in Science. Oxford University Press.

[13] Nascimento, L. (2021). Transfeminismo. Editora Jandaíra. (🇧🇷)

[14] Miles, R. (2007). Who cooked the last supper?: the women’s history of the world. Crown.

[15] Perez, C. C. (2019). Invisible women: Data bias in a world designed for men. Abrams.

[16] Joseph, N. M. (2022). Making Black girls count in math education: A Black feminist vision for transformative teaching. Harvard Education Press.

[17] Roig, E., Zykunov, A. & Horch, S. (Eds.) (2024). Unlearn Patriarchy 2. Ullstein. (🇩🇪)

Gender Minorities

[1] Hicks, M. (2017). Programmed inequality: How Britain discarded women technologists and lost its edge in computing. MIT press.

[2] Paycha S. Azzali S. Arenas P. Sáez Mariel Mella María Paz Colectivo de Mujeres Matemáticas de Chile & European Women in Mathematics. (2021). Retratos de matemáticas : entrevistas a mujeres matemáticas de américa latina y europa. Ediciones Contramaestre. (🇨🇱)

[3] Grier, D. A. (2013). When computers were human. Princeton University Press.

[4] Favilli E. C. F. (2017). Good night stories for rebel girls : 100 tales of extraordinary women. Gardners Books.

[5] Sobel, D. (2017). The glass universe: How the ladies of the Harvard Observatory took the measure of the stars. Penguin.

[6] Preciado, P. B. (2013). Testo junkie: Sex, drugs, and biopolitics in the pharmacopornographic era. The Feminist Press at CUNY.

[7] Preciado P. B. (2020). Yo soy el monstruo que os habla : informe para una academia de psicoanalistas (Primera edición). Anagrama. (🇪🇸)

[8] Preciado, P. B. (2020). An apartment on Uranus: chronicles of the crossing. MIT Press.

[9] Haraway, D. J. (2016). Staying with the trouble: Making kin in the Chthulucene. Duke University Press.

[10] Haraway, D. J. (1989). Primate visions: Gender, race, and nature in the world of modern science. Psychology Press.

[11] Raines J. (2023). The T in LGBT : everything you need to know about being trans. Vermilion.


[1] Fry, H. (2018). Hello World: How to be Human in the Age of the Machine. Random House.

[2] Crawford, K. (2021). The atlas of AI: Power, politics, and the planetary costs of artificial intelligence. Yale University Press.

[3] Higham, C. F., & Higham, D. J. (2019). Deep learning: An introduction for applied mathematicians. Siam review61(4), 860-891.

[4] Cave, S., & Dihal, K. (2020). The whiteness of AI. Philosophy & Technology33(4), 685-703.

[5] Klipphahn-Karge, M., Koster, A. K., & Morais dos Santos Bruss, S. (2022). Queere KI: zum Coming-out smarter Maschinen (p. 266). transcript Verlag. (🇩🇪)

[6] Cave, S., Dihal, K., Drage, E., & McInerney, K. (2023). Who makes AI? Gender and portrayals of AI scientists in popular film, 1920–2020. Public Understanding of Science, 09636625231153985.

[7] Gebru, T., Morgenstern, J., Vecchione, B., Vaughan, J. W., Wallach, H., Iii, H. D., & Crawford, K. (2021). Datasheets for datasets. Communications of the ACM64(12), 86-92.

[8] Grohs, P., & Kutyniok, G. (Eds.). (2022). Mathematical aspects of deep learning. Cambridge University Press.

[9] Browne, J., Cave, S., Drage, E., & McInerney, K. (2023). Feminist AI: Critical Perspectives on Algorithms, Data, and Intelligent Machines. Oxford University Press.

Popular Maths

[1] Fry, H. (2015). The mathematics of love: Patterns, proofs, and the search for the ultimate equation. Simon and Schuster.

[2] Colmez, C. (2022). The Irrational Diary of Clara Valentine. Coco Publishing.

[3] Santos, K. (2024). Math in Drag. Johns Hopkins University Press.