For our second time around, we honor women everywhere by offering you 10 (more) books to add to your Women’s History Month reading list, all of which feature strong female leads and stories underlining themes of girl power.
And, of course, all of the books on this list are authored by gifted women.
1. Americanah, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie‘s Americanah, a powerful story about a woman working hard to make a life for herself in a place and society different than what she’s accustomed to, will be inspirational to any woman out there.
2. The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins
In the first book of Suzanne Collins‘ incredible The Hunger Games trilogy, readers meet Katniss Everdeen, an archeress who is by no means a damsel in distress. Katniss’ bravery, cleverness, and courage would make her a great role model for all young girls.
3. The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo, Amy Schumer
In typical fashion, Amy Schumer describes situations that many women go through in a frank, yet humorous manner in her debut memoir The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo. If you’re ever feeling lonely or misunderstood, Schumer has your back all the way.
4. Rebel Queen, Michelle Moran
In Michelle Moran‘s historical novel, Queen Lakshmi of India becomes the ultimate symbol of girl power. Rebel Queen tells the story of the fearless ruler and her all-female guard, and how they defied gender norms to protect their country.
5. Milk and Honey, Rupi Kaur
In her debut poetry collection, Milk and Honey, Rupi Kaur details what it’s really like to be a woman, in all its complicated beauty and hardships, and doesn’t shy away from difficult topics. One cannot sift through Kaur’s anthology without feeling empowered.
6. Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina, Misty Copeland
In her 2014 memoir, Life in Motion, Misty Copeland tells the inspirational tale of how she shattered boundaries in the ballet industry by becoming the first African-American soloist in the American Ballet Theatre.
7. The Help, Kathryn Stockett
Kathryn Stockett crafts a compelling story that focuses on the untold narratives of resilient females while embracing their strength and resourcefulness. At its core, The Help sends the needful reminder that every woman matters.
8. Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail, Cheryl Strayed
In her memoir Wild, Cheryl Strayed‘s finds strength and independence after journeying out into the wilderness by herself, and for herself. Among other things, Strayed’s most reflective work urges women to be brave while dispelling the suffocating stereotypes often associated with what it means to be a woman.
9. The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood
In her most groundbreaking dystopian novel yet, Margaret Atwood envisions a cruel society in which women undergo extreme oppression, and draws in on the protagonist’s determination to break the mold. The Handmaid’s Tale is an all-empowering tale about women having to blaze their own paths after being driven to their brink by an unruly society.
10. #GIRLBOSS, Sophia Amoruso
In her debut memoir, founder and former Nasty Gal CEO Sophia Amoruso describes the hard work and devotion it took for her to create her business brand from the ground-up. In its entirety, #GIRLBOSS is a great source of inspiration for any girl looking to have a satisfying career of her own someday.
These great books prove women shouldn’t be honored for one month, but every month.
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