International Women’s Day 2013 – books by and about inspirational women

EQUALScoverToday is International Women’s Day, when events are held all over the world to inspire women and celebrate their achievements. International Women’s Day began in the early 1900’s and since then the tone of the day has changed from a reminder of inequality to a celebration of the positives that have occurred in the last 100 years.

We can’t think of a better way to celebrate IWD here at Nowra Library than by sharing books by and about amazing and inspiring women. Making one complete list of these books would be impossible, so we’ve included a few.

Here they are.’s list of 75 Books Every Woman Should Read
The ‘Inspiring Women’ bookshelf on Goodreads’s Best Books About Women By Women
Huffington Post’s Best Books for Women
The Guardian’s Are these the 50 most influential books by women? booklist

And some you’ll find here at Shoalhaven Libraries:

Girls with Grit: Memories of the Australian Women’s Land Army by Ethel Turner
Grand Obsession: Madame Curie and her Life by Rosalynd Pflaum
The Help by Kathryn Stockett
The Colour Purple by Alice Walker
Daughters of the Dreaming by Diane Bell
The Letters of Rachel Henning by Rachel Henning
The Diary of  a Young Girl by Anne Frank
A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
Outback Women by Melissa McCord
Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali
The Suffragetee View by Antonia Raeburn
Falling Leaves: The Memoir of an Unwanted Chinese Daughter by  Adeline Yen Mah
A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf
The Hungry Ocean: A Swordboat Captain’s Journey by Linda Greenlaw

What are your most inspiring female reads? We’d love to hear.


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