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Aug 15, 2023

Celebrate International Women's Day with These 10 Books


International Women’s Day is recognised globally, celebrating the achievements of women all around the world and promoting the equality of all genders. We thought we'd show our support for international women's day 2022 by throwing together a list of some of the best books that celebrate women throughout history! So we'll dive right in…

Invisible Women - Caroline Perez

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Award-winning activist and author Caroline Perez delivers a data-driven powerhouse, highlighting areas of major bias in all walks of life, from gender bias product design to misleading safety testing. A must-read for all, presenting facts and statistics, creating a real eye-opener designed to educate and empower.

The Five – Hallie Rubenhold

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We've all heard the story of the notorious serial killer, Jack the Ripper. But little do we know about the women that he so brutally murdered. ‘The Five’ by Hallie Rubenhold tells the stories of those five women who went down in history, remembered only for the way they died instead of how they lived. Each of these women have their own story to tell, and thanks to Rubenfold they can now tell their stories vicariously through the pages of this book.

The Women’s Suffrage Movement – Sally Roesch Wagner

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The struggle for equal rights is a battle that has been raging for years. This book contains writings from some of the most well-known suffragettes such as Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony. It also contains writings from some of those women that were overlooked due to their race or ethnicity like Ida B. Wells and the three Forten sisters. Incorporating race, gender, and class, bringing the unheard minorities into the light, this book is a true eye opener.

My Wild and Sleepless Nights – Clover Stroud

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A brutally honest account of early motherhood, portrayed with astonishing clarity in Clover Stroud’s, My Wild and Sleepless Nights. The book recalls the plethora of emotions, challenges and joys that come with being a mother to a newborn. A testament to all mothers and mums-to-be, an honest truth from a first-hand experience with all the gritty bits left in. Simply a must-read for mums or expecting mums.

Goodnight Stories For Rebel Girls: 100 Tales of Extraordinary Women – Elena Favilli

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This characterful children’s bedtime is a stroll through time, featuring a total of 100 extraordinary women and their achievements. Each and every woman in this book has a magnificent story to tell, from Amelia Earheart being the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic ocean, to the amazing artwork of Frida Kahlo. Each of these magnificent, incredible role models has a portrait illustrated by one of 60 incredible female artists from all over the world.

Little Women – Louisa May Alcott

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This timeless classic tells the tale of the hardships and trials that each of the four sisters endures in Civil War New England. But this is not just a tale of woe but an inspiring and emotional journey as you accompany each ‘little woman’ as they grow and forge out into the world, each choosing a different path to find their place in the world. A story full of love, pain, elation and curiosity.

Murder Most Unladylike – Robin Stevens

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One for the younger readers, a Murder Most Unladylike tells the story of two young girls as they embark on the rather unusual challenge of setting up a secret detective agency inside their own school. Travesty strikes when they discover a body that promptly disappears, leaving the girls with two problems. Firstly, proving there was actually a murder, and secondly, to out the murderer before they have chance to strike again!

Ladies Can't Climb Ladders: The Pioneering Adventures of the First Professional Women – Jane Robinson

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This book brings you the inspiring recounts of the women that forged a path through working society and pioneered the way for women in the UK to build careers in the previously male-dominated industries. In the wake of the Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act of 1919, it was time for women to climb the ladders within industries like medicine, law, architecture and even the church. This new fresh new female workforce should have been welcomed as equals, and sparked the evolution of societal norms, but, as this work by Jane Robinson elaborates, this was not always the case, leaving a truly equal society yet to be desired.

The Evolution of a Girl – L.E. Bowman

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The Evolution of a Girl is a collection of poetry and prose that explore what it is to be a woman. Defining with clear clarity the agony and the pain but also the joy and happiness that can and will be experienced by all women both young and old. Collectively these literature works paint a vivid picture that and is both relatable to a fault and truly inspiring.

D-Day Women – Sarah Rose

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During the Second World War, Britain was facing a crisis of monumental scale as Nazi Germany was fast approaching the English Channel. In the face of this imminent threat, the Special Operations Executive was created, which, controversially trained women in every manner of warfare imaginable, from sabotage to sharp shooting. This intensely researched book follows three such women as they relocate their lives to France and begin wreaking destructive havoc amidst the German lines.

So, there is our list of just some of the books that inspire, recount and honour women around the world, from all walks of life. Let us know what you would add to this list.

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