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10 Empowering Books Every Woman Should Read

NATALIE BARDEGA

Posted on January 31 2018

As January draws to a close, we have got our reading list for the year in order and thought we would share it with you all. Please feel free to comment if you have read any of these and tell us what you thought. Equally, please shout if there are any you think we should add.
            
1.Women & Power: A Manifesto by Mary BeardMary traces the origins of misogyny to its ancient roots in Greece and Rome up to today, and how history has mistreated strong women along the way, giving fascinating examples. She proposes that it's not women who have to change but the system of power itself.

2. A Uterus Is a Feature, Not a Bug: The Working Woman's Guide to Overthrowing the Patriarchyby Sarah Lacy. We are huge fans of Sarah so delighted to see her book doing so well. "A rallying cry for working mothers everywhere that demolishes the "distracted, emotional, weak" stereotype and definitively shows that these professionals are more focused, decisive, and stronger than any other force."

 

3. It's Messy: On Boys, Boobs, and Badass Women by Amanda de Cadenet. Presenter, entrepreneur, photographer and mama Amanda takes us through the ups and downs of her fascinating life and how each stage led her to the women she is today.

4. This Will Be My Undoing: Living at the Intersection of Black, Female, and Feminist in (White) America by Morgan Jerkins.  A collection of interlinked essays, collection of linked essays, writer and editor Jerkins offers an eye-opening commentary on pop culture, feminism, black history, misogyny, and racism, alongside her own experiences of being a black woman today.

5.Brave by Rose McGowan . Actress Rose McGowan's memoir is both heartbreaking and important because it shines a light on the abuse which takes place throughout the "Hollywood machine", and beyond; from misogyny to sexual assault, and how more needs to be done to protect women and children from abuse of any type.

 

6. In Praise of Difficult Women Life Lessons From 29 Heroines Who Dared to Break the Rules by Karen Karbo. From Frida Kahlo and Elizabeth Taylor to Nora Ephron, Carrie Fisher, and Shonda Rhimes, this witty narrative explores what we can learn from the imperfect and extraordinary legacies of 29 iconic women who forged their own unique paths in the world.

7. Lighting the Fires of Freedom: African American Women in the Civil Rights Movement by Janet Dewart Bell. A first-of-its-kind book focusing on the surprisingly unknown African American women who were pivotal in the Civil Rights Movement of the twentieth century. "Published to coincide with the fiftieth anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1968, Lighting the Fires of Freedom is a vital document for understanding the Civil Rights Movement and an enduring testament to the vitality of women’s leadership during one of the most dramatic periods of American history."

8. Forgotten Women: The Leaders by Zing Tsjeng. Out in March, this series (also a book on female scientists) from Tsjeng looks at lost histories of influential women who have refused over hundreds of years to accept the hand they've been dealt and, as a result, have formed, shaped and changed the course of our futures including Agent 355, the unknown rebel spy who played a pivotal role in the American Revolution, Noor Inayat Khan, who went undercover to spy for the French Resistance and Amina of Zazzau, the formidable ancient Muslim warrior queen of Northern Nigeria.

 

9. Female Innovators at Work: Women on Top of Tech by Danielle Newnham . We couldn't complete the list without including our co-founder Danielle's book which sees her interview 20 hugely impressive women in tech covering over 50 years in the industry from the dawn of the computer to internet to now.

10. Good Night Stories For Rebel Girls 2  by Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo. One of our favourite books now has a second volume due out in UK end of Feb. This edition covers the stories of another large pool of incredibly inspiring women including Oprah, J.K. Rowling, Mary Seacole and Billie Jean King.

 

 

 

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