As International Women’s Day nears, it’s the perfect time to reflect on what it means to be a woman. Across the globe, women have been attacked, abused and disrespected. From inequality in the workplace to sexual harassment, we’ve been put against almost everything. But now we’re taking it all back. With the rise of the #MeToo movement, the Time’s Up campaign and Hollywood ending the chauvinistic silence, there’s never been a better time to celebrate International Women’s Day.
We’re celebrating on Wednesday with some of our favourite books by strong women with amazing stories and incredible journeys. If you’re reading along, make sure to follow us on social media and join in the conversation with #XXreads.
BAD FEMINIST: ESSAYS, Roxane Gay
Bad Feminist is a 2014 collection of essays written by Roxane Gay. It’s broken into five sections: Me; Gender & Sexuality; Race & Entertainment; Politics, Gender & Race; and Back to Me. It explores society today through Gay’s hilariously accurate view, while inspiring us as a society to do better.
THE PRINCESS SAVES HERSELF IN THIS ONE, Amanda Lovelace
Written in the same style of poetry like Rupi Kaur and Lang Leave, Lovelace takes you on a journey through life, love, loss, grief, healing, inspiration and empowerment. The poetry collection is divided into four parts: the princess, the damsel, the queen, and you. You’ll find yourself underlining poems that speak to you, and following the author on social media for more.
THE LAST BLACK UNICORN, Tiffany Haddish
A surprising choice for this list, but Haddish’s book will make you laugh til you cry, and cry til you’re laughing on the next page. She gives a hilarious, brutally honest look on her life, and shares an inspiring story on moving past many traumatizing experiences by learning to laugh, and using her pain to make others laugh. (Plus, the audiobook is narrated by Haddish herself, and she’ll leave you in stitches!).
WE SHOULD ALL BE FEMINISTS, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
If you’ve ever heard Beyonce’s ***Flawless, you’re already familiar with Adichie’s TEDx talk-turned-verse that makes up this feminist manifesto. Not really a book but instead a long essay, this will open your eyes to why we need feminism in the world. We recommend watching her TED talk (it’s been viewed more than 4.5 million times!) too!
LEAN IN, Sheryl Sanberg
The least-feminist of all the books on our list, this is an empowering book to remind you to take charge of your life and create your own success. Sanberg is a rockstar woman herself – serving as the COO of Facebook since 2008, and is responsible for making the social media site profitable. Talk about inspiring!