“A girl with a book scares some people in India who want to see her only in the kitchen.”
As our world progresses, we still are somewhere lacking behind to recognize women’s voices. There still exists people who think that men are supposed to be the superior and women are supposed to follow their footsteps. Ages have gone by feeding these stereotypes and here we are now slowly but strongly rising above breaking these stereotypes only to pave the way for the young women who are to come.
To learn about such women, what better way than reading books, be it fictional, non fiction, biography, memoir or an autobiography. To learn and understand the legacies they are leaving behind to make this world a better and a safe place than what it was before for women.
Whether you’re seeking career advice, the cure for a broken heart or just want proof that hard work pays off, these titles are packed with inspiring antidotes and sage wisdom. It will give you all the motivation you need to get out there and start leading the life you want to live.
Let us recognize and read about these incredible women. Books are HER voice.
Becoming by Michelle Obama
Becoming is the story of how Michelle Obama ended up excelling at school and meeting an up-and-coming lawyer named Barack Obama, who would become her partner in an incredible life.
Through this book, Michelle talks about the challenges and triumphs in her life that have shaped her into the fearless female leader she is today. Michelle’s story is of inclusion and advocacy for women in light of obstacles, and every female around the world can take away messages of strength and determination from her story.
2. We must all be Feminist by Chimamanda
We Should All Be Feminists includes anecdotes and analyses about what it means to be a feminist. She argues that “feminist” isn’t an insult, but rather a label that should be embraced by all. A short, sharp, and effective essay about gender and equality, the misconception which many people have about feminism, how it has nothing to do with men-hating and why it is so damn important. Even today.
Gift a copy of this book to yourself this women’s day!
3. The Moment of Lift by Melinda Gates.
“When we lift others up, they lift us up, too.”
Thе Mоmеnt оf Lіft (2019) rеlаtеѕ the jоurnеу that Melinda Gаtеѕ Mеlіndа Gаtеѕ іѕ a philanthropist, buѕіnеѕѕwоmаn and global advocate for women. The book is to tо help еmроwеr wоmеn аll around thе wоrld thrоugh stories of реорlе ѕhе met via hеr сhаrіtаblе wоrk or and otherwise.It introduces and loudly talks about ѕосіаl аnd economic issues women face on a daily bаѕіѕ. Everyone must read it and see how each one of us can make a difference.
4. Men Explain Things to Me by Rebecca Solnit.
Have you ever heard of the phrase “mansplaining”? Mansplaining is a pejorative term meaning ” to comment on or explain something to a woman in a condescending, overconfident, and often inaccurate or oversimplified manner. If you are someone who cannot stand when one starts to ‘mansplain’, then you should read Rebecca Solnit’s book Men Explain Things.
5. Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay.
Bad Feminist is a collection of essays on feminism, class and race is equal part entertaining and thought-provoking. A perfect blend of fierce and funny. She approaches each topic with a healthy balance of humor and criticism, acknowledging the messy, flawed nature of trying to live by an ever-changing set of feminist principles. She suggests that there’s no need to have definitive opinions, that there’s room for inconsistency and subjectivity.
This is a collection of personal essays about the daily conflicts that women encounter being feminists in our complicated, culture-consuming world.
6. NW by Zadie Smith.
Zadie Smith is the author of the novels White Teeth, The Autograph Man, On Beauty, NW, and Swing Time, as well as two collections of essays, Changing My Mind and Feel Free.
Depicting the modern urban zone—familiar to city-dwellers everywhere—NW is a quietly devastating novel of encounters, mercurial and vital, like the city itself.
Zadie Smith has aimed to and has captured the essence of the multi-racial metropolis within the pages. The narratives of the book stands out from the rest as she puts forth the city life, her routine and shows how varied the voices are within the said city.
7. A Little Life by Hanya YANAGIHARA.
“…things get broken, and sometimes they get repaired, and in most cases, you realize that no matter what gets damaged, life rearranges itself to compensate for your loss, sometimes wonderfully.”
Over the course of Hanya Yanagihara’s 2015 novel, an unlikely crew of college friends—Jude, Willem, Malcolm, and JB—become such indelible characters that you’ll be thinking about them long after you’ve finished reading. A Little Life by Hanya is a very celebrated book and is often on the list of one of the books which an individual must read in their lifetime.
8. An American Marriage by Tayari Jones.
“A woman doesn’t always have a choice, not in a meaningful way. Sometimes there is a debt that must be paid, a comfort that she is obliged to provide, a safe passage that must be secured. Everyone of us has lain down for a reason that was not love.”
Tayari Jones’s fourth novel, An American Marriage, is told from the alternating points of view of a newlywed couple, Celestial and Roy, and the man who introduced them, Andre. This stirring love story is a deeply insightful look into the hearts and minds of three people who are at once bound and separated by forces beyond their control. Jones’s masterful storytelling is gripping.
9. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath.
The Bell Jar is known for it’s raw, honest depiction of mental illness. But Plath’s autobiographical account also offers a sneak peek into the women’s lives in the 1950s. Their struggle with identity, exploration of sexuality and the enormous pressure to conform to society’s sexist conventions. Originally published in 1963, the intensely emotional novel continues to resonate with readers even today.
10. Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai.
“You are like slaves running after the West, embarrassing yourself. It’s because of people like you we never get anywhere.”
Awarded the Man Booker Prize and National Book Critics Circle Awards for fiction (2006), this no-nonsense novel stays far away from fluffing up the reality with fantastical hope. The book portrays the struggles of the poor and middle-class Indian immigrants, who learn the hard truth that there is no perfect place in this world.
There’s nothing as empowering as reading about how someone you admire pulled themselves up and defied all odds. It starts to make you think you can, too, and there’s no reason you can’t! I really hope that these books help you make positive changes in your life and their messages will stay with you long after the last page.