International Women’s Day – What To Read

This years International Women’s Day the theme is #EmbraceEquity, making the world more equitable by recognising that each person has different circumstances and creating the opportunities needed to reach an equal outcome. Here are some books we have at the library by female authors about womens experiences.

Girl, Women, Other by Bernadine Evaristo
This book is about feminism. It is about Black women’s place in society and the oppression they face. The characters’ relationships, especially the mother-daughter relationship. Each chapter is divided into three parts, each part from the view of a different character, with the three characters appearing in other stories. When you meet a character in one story, you develop an opinion about them. This opinion changes as you read about their story and learn about their circumstances.
Winner of the Man Booker Prize

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Taylor Jenkins Reid’s books feature strong female characters from the entertainment industry. Evelyn Hugo was an actress at the height of her fame in the 60s and 70s. She looks back on her life in Hollywood and her marriages. Hugo wrestles with the choices she had to make to protect her career and keep her secret. The book looks at what was expected of women in that era. How women were perceived and how they were treated by Hollywood and the press.

We also have many biograpies available including:

  • Judi Dench – and Furthermore 
  • Julie Andrews – Home Work, A Memoir of my Hollywood Years
  • Alison Hammond – You’ve Got To Laugh
  • Maria Sharapova – Unstoppable My Life So Far

We can order additional books for you from other libaries including:

  • Billie Jean King – All In, The Autobiography of Billie Jean King
  • Alex Scott – How (Not) To Be Strong

And to give younger readers an introduction to the women who shape our world you can order:

I know a woman : the inspiring connections between the women who have shaped our world – Hodges, Kate
Covers 84 pioneering women including scientist Marie Curie to political activist Malala Yousafzai, from feminist author Virginia Woolf to the game-changing Billie Jean King.


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