Happy Women’s History Month to everyone! In March we share and celebrate all the women that contributed to history in all fields and all the accomplishment that women before us have achieved.
Born as a weekly celebration in 1978 in California and recognised as a national celebration just in 1987, Women’s History Month is a great way to share the women we all look up to and educate ourselves on the one we don’t know of.
I am not here trying to make a history lesson, but the more you read, the more you learn. There have been trailblazer women out there that still don’t get enough recognition.
Did you know for example it was a woman that proposed the mechanics behind computing? Thank Ada Lovelace for that. Running for the presidency, first pilots, writers, activists, suffragettes. You get women in all fields and still, we don’t know much about them.
I love making lists if that was not already clear. As I did for Black History Month in February, I wanted to highlight for Women’s HIstory month some of the women that inspired me with their stories and some more that I still have to read.
Because let’s admit it, thirteen books won’t make it justice, so bear with me, there’s more out there. This is mostly a list of books I have already read, recommend and some more. Women that inspired me and that have a place in my mind and in my opinion, in history.
- ‘I am Malala’ by Malala Yousafzai and Christina Lamb.– Fighting from the right for girls to pursue an education from a village in Pakistan to a young woman still battling for women right in an inspiring journey.
- ‘Becoming’ by Michelle Obama. – Will I stop shouting about this book? Highly doubt so. She has been inspiring millions and always advocated for women and girls education. Check the review here.
- ‘Circe’ by Madeline Miller. – Empowering retelling of Circe, a daughter of Helios pictured in The Odyssey. But this woman is far more than a couple of lines in the myth. The powerful and unique telling of 21st-century women’s battles.
- ‘The color purple’ by Alice Walker. – Narrating the life of two sisters exposing domestic abuse, in a tale of resilience, courage and hope to meet again.
- ‘Good night stories for rebel girls’ by Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo. – One hundred extraordinary women that made history. A must-read for both young and adults.
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- ‘The diary of a young girl’ by Anne Frank. – A powerful relay of a young woman’s life and her family, secluded in a small office hiding during the Nazi occupation in Holland.
- ‘My own story’ by Emmeline Pankhurst. – One of the women at the front of the UK suffragette movement. A powerful journey to reach equality for all women.
- ‘So long a letter by Mariama Bâ. – A series of letters where a widow writes to a friend about the struggles and refusal to accept a polygamous life in Senegal.
- ‘My own words’ by Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Mary Hartnett and Wendy Williams. – Discussion about gender equality, law, supreme court and legislation through the eyes of the Supreme court justice Ginsburg.
- ‘And still I rise’ by Maya Angelou. – Collections of poems about love, longing, being a black woman and how we fall and get up.
- ‘The help’ by Kathryn Stockett. – Black maids raising white children in 1960 in Mississippi. An unexpected friendship that grows and cross boundaries in search of their own truth.
- ‘The hate u give’ by Angie Thomas. – A powerful story about a young woman searching for justice for the unjust death of her best friend by the hand of the police. In other words, I will not stop recommending this either anytime soon!
- ‘No one is too small to make a difference’ by Greta Thunberg. – A collections of speeches and her own words, where a young woman rally people for a wake-up call about the fight to protect the planet and our future.
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To sum up, I hope you enjoyed this list for Women’s History Month and that you also have some books on your shelves about powerful women that inspired you.
Above all, not just for a month a year, but every day: lift the women around you, empower them, be there for them and cheered them on!