Happy Women’s History Month! Despite what you may hear in the media today, women do have a voice, whether some believe it or not. Women are strong, bright, beautiful, and kick a**. We come in different sizes and shapes and some of us like make-up or sports or both because who says we have to choose? We’re freaking fantastic but sometimes we need a reminder. So here’s some books that’ll make you laugh, feel strong, and maybe even cry but in the best way.
1. Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay
In this awesome book of essays, Roxane Gay takes readers through her life journey as a woman, particularly as a woman of color, while also commenting on feminism in society today. Funny and full of so many memorable quotes, this book will stick with you long after you’re finished reading it.
2. Yes Please by Amy Poehler
First, you need to listen to this audiobook. Second, you need to listen to it because hearing Amy read the book makes it feel like you’re just chatting with a friend who’s giving you some life advice. From discussing her divorce to questioning why women feel the need to explain why they’re saying no, Yes Please is funny but also very insightful.
3. Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
Speak is an incredibly moving and heartbreaking novel about a girl named Melinda who becomes almost mute after being raped at a party and then shunned from her friends and classmates because she called the cops and the party was busted up. Through the novel we see Melinda come to terms with what happened to her and finally find her voice.
4. Bossypants by Tina Fey
Tina Fey doesn’t sugarcoat things. She’s honest about her insecurities and the frustrations that come from being a female writer in a male dominated field and she openly discusses her fears and concerns about having another kid. Proudly owning the Bossypants title, Fey illustrates through her own life story that being a leader and going after what you want isn’t just something men do; women can, and should, do it too.
5. Waiting to Exhale by Terry McMillan
Nothing says girl power like a group of friends getting together and talking about why they’re tired of men. There’s a bond that happens when women can just sit down and air their grievances with each other. And even though all these women just want a man that’ll take their breath away, eventually they realize they don’t need a man at all.
6. We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
“Feminist, a person who believes in the equality of the sexes.” Whether you’ve watched Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s TEDX talk or not you’ve definitely heard that line before (thanks Beyonce). Well here’s her talk adapted into a nice little book that you can keep with you always and be inspired on the go. You’re welcome.
What books do you plan to read during Women’s History Month? Let me know in the comments below.
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