Happy International Women’s day! I love that we women have a whole day dedicated to female empowerment, girl power and just taking the time to recognise how badass we are as a gender. Not going to lie, it wasn’t until I went to add something to my calendar that I went oooooops and realised it was the 8th and not the 12th of March so my planned post, just got a little bit urgent! But anyway, before I slip off into a tangent, I really want to do a blog post on some books I think are a good read for a day like today. Some are empowering, some are thought-provoking, and other authors have produced a book that has left an effect on me.
Would any 2019 women’s reading list be complete without this? I loved reading Michelle’s memoir and learning all about her life before Barack, their courtship and her life within the White House. It was an incredible book, not only packed with information but tons of inspiration. She truly is an incredible role model, and I would highly recommend picking this up.
I won’t go into the specifics of this story, but I first read The Bell Jar when I was 14 years old, and I connected with it right away. A rather depressing book on the face of things but the reality is, I’ve read it five times now, and each time I do, I take away a new message. Hope. Fear. Vulnerability. Strength. There is always something I learn from Esther’s experience in this book, and it is my favourite book of all time. It is a detailed account of being a young woman with mental illness. I always encourage others to read it as I think it is a book that can be interpreted so personally to every single person who reads it.
Bad Feminist is a collection of essays where Gay discusses her evolution as a woman of colour and what it means to be a feminist today, with plenty of pop culture references. After only a couple of chapters, I’d fallen in love with Roxane’s writing style. Her sentences were well crafted, witty and felt so personable. I didn’t love it, but there were some excellent essays in there about the state of feminism today. Roxane Gay excels at her craft, and if you like essays around pop culture and what life is like as a woman today, I’d recommend it.
This is last on my list which may seem an odd choice but, I think it is a book every woman should read. It is a dystopian book set in the future where woman are treated like rubbish and if fertile, are used to help birth children to stop the plummeting birth rate. It is bleak, dark and at times uncomfortable but is feminist reading. A problematic read none the less but one that is extremely powerful.
I hope this has given you some reading inspiration! For today, I’m going to read Feminists Don’t Wear Pink. You can leave a comment below or tweet and Insta me. Thanks for reading as always!