10 Stunning Images Of Women Reading That Will Inspire You To Live Dangerously

by Courtney Bissonette


Move over, Rory Gilmore. If tongues can be sharp, and words are our weapons, then women who read are dangerous. That’s what Karen Joy Fowler wants to convey in the new book Women Who Read Are Dangerous. The book includes paintings from throughout the history of art that portray women reading.

The book features over 70 artworks by artists such as Henri Matisse, Edward Hopper, Suzanne Valadon, August Sander, Rembrandt, and many more.

Women Who Read Are Dangerous is available now

Vittorio Matteo Corcos Dreams

Jean-Honore Fragonard A young girl readingA young girl reading by Jean-Honore Fragonard

Julia Margaret Cameron Our MayOur May by Julia Margaret Cameron


utf-8BRnJhbsOnb2lzIEJvdWNoZXIgTWFkYW1lIGRlIFBvbXBhZG91ci5qcGcMadame de Pompadour by François Boucher

Van Gogh LArlesienne LArlesienne by Van Gogh

Theodore Miller Lee Miller and Tanja RammLee Miller and Tanja Ramm by Theodore Miller


Sir Edward Burnes-Jones Portrait of Katie LewisPortrait of Katie Lewis by Sir Edward Burnes-Jones


Rembrant van Rijn An old Woman Reading Probably the Prophetess HannahRembrant van Rijn An old Woman Reading Probably the Prophetess Hannah

Charles Burton Barber Girl Reading with Pug Girl Reading with Pug by Charles Burton Barber

August Sander Primary School Teacher Primary School Teacher by August Sander

Ramon Casas I Carbo After the BallAfter the Ball by Ramon Casas I Carbo


More from BUST

40 Sylvia Plath Quotes And Photos To Inspire Your Inner Poetess

These Photos From Around The World Show That All Women Are Beautiful

Run! Go Now To See Swoon And Monica Canilao’s Exhibit “Witch Wife”

You may also like

Get the print magazine.

The best of BUST in your inbox!

Subscribe to Our Weekly Newsletter


About Us

Founded in 1993, BUST is the inclusive feminist lifestyle trailblazer offering a unique mix of humor, female-focused entertainment, uncensored personal stories, and candid reporting that tells the truth about women’s lives.

©2023 Street Media LLC.  All Right Reserved.