International Women's Day Book list: 16+

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Standout fiction to celebrate International Women's Day. (16+)

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It's International Women's Day so we're sharing our favourite books by inspiring female authors. These books are suitable for ages 16 and above, and all titles are available in paperback, hardback, audiobook and ebook formats.

  1. We should all be Feminists, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie ( Fourth Estate)
    This powerful and personal book-length essay by the Nigerian author talks about the definition of feminism for the 21st century.

  2. Taking Up Space: The Black Girl`s Manifesto for Change, Chelsea Kwakye and Ore Ogunbiyi (Cornerstone)
    This book is a guide and a manifesto for change, tackling issues of access, unrepresentative curricula, discrimination in the classroom, the problems of activism, and life before and after university.

  3. Becoming, Michelle Obama (Penguin)
    An intimate, powerful, and inspiring memoir by the former First Lady of the United States.
    Find out more about this one and watch a video with Michelle Obama in our Behind the Cover Club review.

  4. Women Don`t Owe You Pretty, Florence Given (Otopus)
    Follow Florence's story to learn how to protect your energy, discover that you're the love of your own life. Dubbed 'The Beauty Myth for the Instagram generation', Women Don't Owe You Pretty is the ultimate book for anyone who wants to challenge the out-dated narratives and stereotypes of male-dominated society.
    Warning: contains explicit content (and a load of uncomfortable truths).

  5. Invisible Women, Caroline Criado Perez (Vintage)
    Discover the shocking gender bias that affects our everyday lives, as Caroline brings together for the first time case studies from government policy and medical research, technology, workplaces and the media. Invisible Women reveals how in a world built for and by men we are systematically ignoring half of the population, often with disastrous consequences.

  6. Ladies Can't Climb Ladders, Jane Robinson (Transworld)
    This is a book about live subjects and explores equal opportunity, the gender pay gap, and whether women can expect, or indeed deserve, to have it at all.

  7. Ordinary People, Diana Evans (Penguin)
    Another title in our Behind the Cover Club, Ordinary People is an intimate study of identity and parenthood, sex and grief, friendship and aging, and the fragility of love. With its distinctive prose and irresistible soundtrack, it is the story of our lives and those moments that threaten to unravel us. book deals with themes including love, sex, and grief.
    Find our more about this book and hear from the author in our Behind the Cover Club review.

  8. The Little Book of Feminist Saints, Julia Pierpont, Manjit Thapp ( Little Brown)
    A beautifully illustrated and enticing collection of biographical portraits of extraordinary women. The combination of Pierpont's pithy write-ups and Thapp's bold, expressive colour illustrations make this a truly engaging picture-book experience for adults.

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