Every year we celebrate International Women’s Day on the 8th of March. So it’s the perfect moment to thank our mothers, grandmothers, girlfriends, wives etc for taking part in our lives.
We also celebrate equality of genders, the empowerment of women and their contribution to society.
On this occasion, we thought it would be nice to complete our readers’ booklist with women authors who inspired us. By their strength on leading the way to publish their remarkable books.
Great women authors to read in the near future
- Malala Yousafzai is an activist for girls’ rights to an education. She is internationally recognized for her remarkable work on human rights advocacy, mainly for the education of women and children in northwest Pakistan. Her book, ‘I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban’ is an inspiration and a life lesson. Her main message is that it is worth fighting for the things you believe in. Even if you need to stand the violence and oppression. Malala Yousafzai won the Nobel Prize for Peace, being the youngest Nobel Prize laureate.
- ‘Read My Pins: Stories from a Diplomat’s Jewel Box’ is the book of Madeleine Albright. She was the first female Secretary of State. She was popular for wearing decorative pins to comment on diplomacy, just after she spoke loud about Saddam Hussein. The next day after this episode, she wore a snake pin, to her defiance in the face of the dictator. This book includes many of her stories during her work on diplomacy. It also includes a “pindex” of all her pins.
- Bea Miles, the author of “Lilian’s Story” was a woman who lived on the streets and recited Shakespeare in exchange for money. And she wrote this beautiful novel inspired by her own life. She talks about women who are intelligent, resilient and with a sharp sense of independence. Lilian Singer, the main character, was a child at a time when the education of women was unnecessary and dangerous. But Lilian ignores the rules of society she lives in. She becomes an eccentric but happy person, always true to herself.
Books about strong women that we also reviewed
- “The Color Purple”, by Alice Walker depicts the lives of African-American women in the south of the US in the 1930s. For me, reading it was like being punched in the gut. It’s hard to imagine what these women had to go through in order to live in that society or to simply exist. And what saddens me even more, is that there still are women who live like that, more or less in plain view.
- Behind Closed Doors, by B.A. Paris is a bestseller that made me “engulf” it just in a day. It was so intriguing and unique that I must applaud the author’s work, mainly because it was her debut novel. The novel talks about what is hiding behind a “perfect” marriage. The story was sick that there were times when I wanted desperately to deny the presence of this kind of people. But I will always remember Grace, such a strong character, who fights, like so many women who find themselves in a toxic marriage, for surviving.
- “Millennium” contains 5 volumes (until now): The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest, The Girl in the Spider’s Web, The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye. As I previously said, the first 3 are written by Stieg Larsson and the last two by David Lagercrantz. The main characters of the series are the genius computer hacker, Lisbeth Salander and the award-winning journalist Mikael Blomkvist. Long story short, their lives are brought together each time by a series of mysterious, corrupted and dangerous events that will make your heart beat faster with each page (it is very difficult for me to talk about one of my favorite series and keep my mouth shut no to give spoilers).
The front characters are all powerful women, surprised in divinely written stories.