By Molly la Fosse
This International Women’s Day, I’ve composed a short list of some must-reads – incredibly powerful books written by influential women.
- We Should All Be Feminists – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. This is a really short book (about 50 pages long) and was inspired by Adichie’s TED talk of the same name, which you can watch here : we should all be feminists | Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie | TEDxEuston
- I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings – Maya Angelou. A beautiful memoir, the first of seven that Angelou wrote, that explores overcoming the racism and sexism that she experienced as a young girl.
- I Am Malala – Malala Yousafzai. The author was shot by the Taliban in 2012 when she was 15 years old for trying to go to school. 6 years later and she is an ambassador for the UN, the youngest ever Nobel Prize laureate and has written this incredible, inspiring memoir about her experience as an oppressed woman and the importance of giving every woman the right to education.
- Ain’t I A Woman? – bell hooks. A powerful novel inspired by Sojourner Truth’s speech which explores the effect of racism and sexism on black women, the civil rights movement, and the women’s suffrage movement.
- The Second Sex – Simone de Beauvoir. The book that laid the groundwork for Second Wave Feminism, a revolutionary text at its time of publishing in 1949.
- Bad Feminist – Roxanne Gay. A refreshing look at what it means to be a woman, and a feminist, in the 21st century. In this collection of witty, thought provoking and highly relevant essays, Gay explores a wide range of topics, from competitive scrabble to sexual politics.