After the much-supported Women’s March and much-accepted Women’s Day, we are today opening up to discussions and encouraging the voices to be heard in ways we could not have imagined a couple of years ago. To continue this positive momentum, we have today compiled a list of 10 inspiring books from all type of women coming from all walks of life.
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1. Shrill by Lindy West
Written in a humorously feminist fashion, Lindy West’s memoir presents a perfect mix of humor, life and other dark moments. The book is definitely one inspiring piece every women would be able to feel and relate to.
2. Men Explain Things to Me by Rebecca Solnit
The book includes several essays with one of the most famous pieces that shares the title of the book. The book also incorporates a piece inspired by #YesAllWomen, it comments on misogyny and violence against women.
3. Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond by Elizabeth Gilbert
New York Times bestseller, Elizabeth Gilbert in her book brings us her rich wisdom and distinctive viewpoints. She encourages the readers to dig deep and uncover the jewels that will help them express creatively and fearlessly.
4. Nomad: From Islam to America by Ayaan Hirsi Ali
This powerful story by the author of Infidel is a continuation of Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s life story. The book talks about her journey to America to start a new life which is far away from the death threats she received from European Muslims for exposing truths about radical Islam. She explores the challenges of breaking from the beliefs she learned in Islam and also her step forward in integrating with the Western society.
5. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
The Handmaid’s Tale is a dystopian novel that aims to cover the themes of class and gender in the transforming and changing society.
6. The First Bad Man by Miranda July
The book puts two women of different ages and mindset under the same roof and helps us see through the characters the importance of loving and being loved.
7. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
This classic novel by Sylvia Plath is a must read for someone feeling lost and confused in their life. The book helps to give insight into the hardships of being a woman with the burden of the need to climb uphill.
8. Fear of Flying by Erica Jong
This classic novel talks about female empowerment and freedom. It is noted as one of the primal books to have launched a sexual revolution and is still inspiring the women today. The book talks about the story of Isadora Wing, who while at the crossroads in her 5-year marriage, ditches her husband to find a man who can ignite the passion in her. Instead, what she find in this bold step is some important life lessons on liberation and happiness.
9. Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur
Milk and Honey is a collection poetry and prose. It touches various notes on how much pain and suffering a woman can feel in her lifetime. One of the most touching quotes from her work states- “We all move forward when we recognize how resilient and striking the women around us are.”
10. Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay
It is considered as a manual on how to be human by Time magazine. The book is a collection of essays that delve deep into politics, feminism and how each affects one’s life for better or worse.
Take a read through the above-mentioned books and learn to listen and express your voice.
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