Powerful women have existed throughout time. We love finding representation for women in books that present them as true to form powerful protagonists, with rich stories and multifaceted personalities. Even better is finding biographies which narrate stories about brave women. Cosy up in your favourite reading spot and grab one of our favourite books! These novels feature the tales of some incredibly strong women to inspire and embolden you!
1. Inferior by Angela Saini
Proven by facts and supported by logic, most individuals can’t argue with the theories of leading scientists around the world. This book shines a light on the rampant chauvinism present in the field of science. The author investigates gender wars within the field and showcases how women are breaking the glass ceiling within the industry.
2. The Little Book of Feminist Saints by Julia Pierpont
Learn about the greatest women to have walked amongst us! This captivating book by The New York Times bestselling writer, Julia Pierpont, includes the biographies of fearless women like Frida Kahlo, Michelle Obama, Virginia Woolf, Malala Yousafzai and many others. The creative illustrations are what make this book super engaging and special.
3. Big Bones by Laura Dockrill
A coming of age novel every woman should read — about a 16-year-old girl named Bluebelle, aka BB, aka Big Bones. This novel is all about self-love. This teenager loves her food more than anything else, but when she faces a family tragedy, she is forced to confront her body and build a new relationship with her weight. A heartwarming story penned down hilariously – this one is sure to entertain you!
4. We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
You may be familiar with Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s TEDx talk about feminism — it went viral and received millions of views. This brilliant talk was then adapted into a book by Adichie, a Nigerian-born award-winning author. She explains the meaning of feminism and sheds light on discrimination and sexism in a unique and humorous way.
5. She: A Celebration of Renegade Women by Harriet Hall
A feminist’s bookshelf is incomplete without this book. She celebrates the strength, power and success of 100 women. Written by stylist and journalist Harriet Hall and beautifully illustrated by Alice Skinner, this book honours women who have broken barriers and carved their name in history. Grab a copy to learn more about personalities such as literary legend Jane Austen, fashion icon Coco Chanel, Beyoncé, and many others.