Vox by Christina Dalcher

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The Bible Belt expanded, and before long, encompassed the entire United States. The Pure Movement took hold soon afterwards, and women lost everything. First, they took away their passports, then they took everything else. No books. No writing. No jobs. No money. No phone. No birth control. No same-sex relationships (for anyone). And, finally, allowing women to speak only one hundred words per day—enforced by a bracelet worn on the wrist—a word counter—that delivered an electric shock which increased in intensity with every word spoken over their daily allotment. Women were allowed to cook, clean, garden, have babies… and very little else.

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Before She Sleeps by Bina Shah

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The population has been decimated by war and sickness, and few women are left in Green City. To solve the problem men created the Perpetuation Bureau, and women now have a single purpose in life: to be a Wife and have as many children as possible with her multiple husbands.  Not becoming a Wife is a crime, but a place called the Panah offers sanctuary to women who refuse to live by the rules of this draconian system. Instead they come out at night, offering carefully selected men something they can’t get anywhere else—non-sexual intimacy with a woman. They have the illusion of freedom, but the women of the Panah can never be truly free when the discovery of one can be the ruination of them all.

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Red Clocks by Leni Zumas

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In a dystopian United Stated, Congress passed the Personhood Amendment, which gives a fertilized egg the Constitutional right to life, liberty, and property from the moment of conception. Abortion is illegal. IVF (in vitro fertilization) is banned, and adoptions are soon to be restricted to married couples only. Women who travel to Canada and are suspected of being there in order to get an abortion are sent back to the U.S. for prosecution. The right to choose is a thing of the past. Continue reading