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Ten Books to Read for  International Women’s Day


A friend of mine on Facebook posted that she was wearing red and not shopping anywhere today but then asked: what more can I do? Naturally my reply was “Read books!”

In my opinion, there is no better way to grasp the experience or to learn what its like to live in another’s shoes than from reading a book

So here are my picks for books, written by women, that you can read in honor of International Women’s Day: 

1. The Color Purple. This incredibly moving story about two African American sisters growing up in the south is a must read. It’s beautiful and gut wrenching. A necessary read for today.

2. To Kill a Mockingbird. A coming of age story in the south, Harper Lee explores race through the eyes of a child.

3.  Good Girls Revolt. This book isn’t on this list because we are reading it over at Wine, Women and Words. Its the real life story of what happened at Newsweek when women weren’t allowed to write. Given the pay gaps and work place discrimination that is still occuring in this country this book is a must read.

4. I Shall Be Near To You. This idea that women in combat is a recent thing is bull as Erin Lindsay McCabe explores in Rossetta’s story. This book, about a woman who dresses as a man to follow her husband into the Civil War shows a part of history very few of us have learned about.

5. Outlander. Seriously guys, how can I not have this book on my list?? Clair, a modern 20th century woman, travels back in time to the Scottish Highlands in the 18th century. In this book we get a glimpse of where we were as a society and at how much further we need to go.

6. The Nightingale. Some of the bravest women in history came out of WW2. This story is about the tumultuous bond between sisters and the bravery of women when the world is falling apart.

7.  Madame Presidentess. What list would be complete without a book about the first woman to run for president….and this was before she could even vote.


8. The House Girl. You know the phrase “The Devil is in the details?” Well, this book shows us all those devilish little details when we get to find out the truth behind some paintings and the tragic life of their artist.
9. Circling the Sun. Set against the beautiful Kenyan Countryside during the 1920’s this story of Beryl Markham explores the costs for a woman who defies society’s rules.

10. A Safe Girl to Love. Often we forget about our trans-sisters and the struggles they go through on a regular basis. This collection of short stories explores their experiences.

What books would you add to this list?

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5 thoughts on “Ten Books to Read for  International Women’s Day

    1. To Kill a Mockingbird is one of my favorite classics as well. Definitely check out Madame Presidentess. Such a fascinating woman who deserves more recognition. Also check out the interview that I did with Nicole Evelina.

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  1. About #4, there was a woman who dressed as a man in order to fight in the American Revolution, too. Her life story was written down a few decades after the Revolution (by a man, unfortunately), and got a re-print in the years leading up to the Bicentennial. I stumbled across the book in my university library a couple years ago, while I was working on a project on women in revolutionary wars, but ultimately never read it because it was much too musty and I get sick easily. The book is called “The female review: Life of Deborah Sampson ; the female soldier in the War of Revolution” and it was written by Herman Mann (omg, it sounds like a fake name, doesn’t it?). I’m sure there have been more recent books about her; might make an interesting comparison with the woman who fought in the Civil War.

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