Today is International Women’s Day, and I am so proud to be standing side-by-side with so many amazing women in this world. Everyone deserves a voice, and it is a day like today that reminds us what a voice women have.
Some of these voices are shown in literature in amazing feminist books that everyone should read. They make us laugh, they inspire us to action, or they tell a story of exactly what life has been like for women in the past. I hope you will take time during Women’s History Month and read a few.
*Note: These books are only a few of great books that I’ve read (that are more mainstream), there are many more out there (that are amazing and just not as popular on Barnes & Noble shelves) and I encourage you to open up your library like I will be doing this month.
It’s Time to Celebrate Women’s Literature
1. Red Azalea
I read this book for a Women in History class and I still think about it often. It tells the story of a women in Communist China and her experience. This book is rarely ever spoken about in my own feminist circle, but Anchee Min’s story about being a secret lesbian during such a oppressive time is incredible. I think about her in the fields and then being chosen as a film star as truly an inspirational story.
2. Bad Feminist
Roxane Gay makes the point that I often make when explaining feminism to people. For me, being a feminist is about wanting everyone to feel equal and to enjoy what they want without feeling bad. If you’re struggling with the concept of feminism or just what it means to be a women in society, I recommend this.
Here’s the thing about this book: It’s great. As a woman myself who has felt lost after a relationship, I know that sometimes discovering yourself comes from just experiencing things. If you enjoyed the Julia Robert’s movie, you’ll love this book.
Mindy Kaling is one of my favourite people. She writes everything I’ve ever thought my entire life. She tells great stories about not understanding people, feeling insignificant and waaaaay making up for it, and how to fight your way to the job you want. To everyone who says her show is annoying, read her book and understand the genius in her comedy.
Do I need to explain this one, or have you really not heard every person you’ve ever met talk about this book/movie?
This one is actually on my list currently, but I will say I am interested in it because it shines such an interesting light on women in society. A girl from book club recommended it and just the description is enough for me to instantly press the buy button.
You know a lot of the modern medicine you take for granted? Likely some of it came from Henrietta Lacks, a black woman who went in for cervical cancer and became a scientific wonder. Learn her story and everything that she has provided for society since her death. You will cry.
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