Books are the real superheroes. They can lift your mood and spirit in a jiff. You can learn, get inspired and grow, all while entertaining yourself.
This time we have come up with books that a woman should read, to learn from the experiences of women who have been a part of equality movements, have been at high positions and men who supported women's right to equality. Let's get to the suggestions...
“Bad Feminist” by Roxane Gay
A beautiful collection of essays written brilliantly to portray the flaws of a feminist. She argues that being a feminist does not mean you support everything in favour of women. It circles mostly around the current hot topics like race, gender and politics under the umbrella of pop culture.
“The Portrait of a Lady” by Henry James
This novel is a classic masterpiece of the 19th century. The novel follows the tale of the protagonist Isabel who is an American lady living her dream, travelling across Europe. She is a strong, independent woman whose fate brings her to an unadmirable path. What happens next is quite an interesting piece in itself.
“My Life on the Road” by Gloria Steinem
One of actress Emma Watson’s favourite. It is based on the experiences of Gloria Steinem while she was on the road. She worked as a journalist as well as an activist and has told several stories about the women fighting for equality. She also shares her own character development through these experiences which is quite inspiring.
“Yes Please” by Poehler Amy
You guessed it right, you have seen her on TV in the famous show Parks and Recreation. It is her first novel which received a warm welcome by anticipated fans. She talks about her experiences with some humour and advice thrown in. The writing could have been better but her journey of empowerment is inspiring.
“Jane Eyre” by Charlotte Brontë
The story revolves around the strong-headed protagonist who unfortunately had a ruined childhood. She emerges as a strong woman through it all, falls in love and the rest you should read for yourself. It is a quintessential piece of literature, still cherished.
“Know My Name” by Chanel Miller
A memoir which is written well with a strong mindset which captures the pain of the story. The story is based on a sexual assault and the US justice system. The mental trauma that a woman has to undergo, the politics, the flaws in the judiciary which is experienced by the protagonist is portrayed through her words.
“Things I’ve Been Silent About” by Azar Nafisi
Nafisi has captured the beauty of literature in this memoir where she shared her personal experiences. She discussed her family in the book and the political revolutions that took place in Iran and completely changed it. She is one of the finest writers there are.
“Becoming” by Michelle Obama
One of the most famous first lady Michelle Obama who stood with her husband, ex-president of the USA, Barack Obama is the epitome of strength. She wrote her novel in 2018 which inspired women across the globe. Her first-hand experiences of becoming the first lady, a wife, a mother helped her become the iconic woman that she is today!
These are some of the finest pieces of literature that have inspired women time and again. If you are feeling low or just enjoy reading, grab one of these and you will feel the magic.
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