March may be Women’s History Month, but we think strong women should be celebrated throughout the entire year.
If you want to be inspired, pick up one (or all) of these books that focus on female empowerment. And remember to encourage and support other women as you go throughout your day. And your life.
All the Single Ladies by Rebecca Traister
You know it’s going to be a good book when you sing the title because it’s a Beyonce song. All the Single Ladies by Rebecca Traister examines the state of the 21st century single woman living in the United States.
As the percentage of married women has declined and the median age of first marriages increased, Traister decided to hit the streets and talk to single women from all walks of life to explain this shift in culture.
Part researched critique and part personal reflection, All the Single Ladies offers great insight into the history of the contemporary woman.
Almost Famous Women by Megan Mayhew Bergman
Women’s History Month has certainly increased awareness of historical women who have helped shape the world we live in today. Of course, there will always be a plethora of amazing women who have done amazing things that few people really know about. In Almost Famous Women, Megan Mayhew Bergman delves into forgotten stories of some pretty unforgettable women.
Bergman introduces us to a wide range of heroines, from daring women who fly around the world to a trouble-making all-girl swing band. She also shines the spotlight on a few women who were overshadowed by their famous relatives, including James Joyce’s daughter and Oscar Wilde’s niece.
Bergman beautifully blurs the line between history and fiction as she tells the tales of these fearless and fascinating women. The sympathy and grace with which Almost Famous Women is written will leave you longing for more stories that have been left untold.
Notorious RBG by Irin Carmon & Shana Knizhnik
Not only do we celebrate Women’s History in March, but we also celebrate the 84rd birthday of a pioneer. Ruth Bader Ginsburg has influenced generations of women in her years as a Supreme Court justice.
Notorious RBG documents both her life and career in a serious and playful tone, highlighting her role as Supreme Court justice through annotated dissents and archived documents while also using illustrations and memes to showcase the pop culture icon she has become.
From stories about her friends and family to an interview with the Notorious RBG herself, you’ll be inspired by the woman behind the lace collar who continues to be a frontrunner of feminism today.
Rad American Women A-Z by Kate Schatz
This just might be the most empowering ABC book you’ve ever read. Author Kate Schatz and artist Miriam Klein Stahl have filled the pages of Rad American Women A-Z with powerful short stories and captivating illustrations of 26 women to coincide with each letter of the alphabet. Instead of apples and zebras, in Rad American Women A-Z you have Angela Davis and Zora Neal Hurston.
But it doesn’t end there. This book also has 26 suggestions for how you yourself can be “rad” just like the women who inspired this alphabet book.
Many of you may be thinking that alphabet books are for children, but this book is for everyone. Not only is Rad American Women A-Z a great way for children to learn their letters, it is also a great list of inspirational heroes and role models for anyone at any age. You might be particularly inspired by the letter ‘X’ which stands for women “we haven’t learned about yet and the women whose stories we will never read.” Maybe the next ‘X’ will be someone who read this book and wanted to be “rad” too.
Hannah Faye, Contributing Editor
Part-time writer and full-time reader, Hannah Faye is happy to be Stylaphile’s new contributing book editor. When she’s not reading or writing, she’s molding the minds of students in her English classroom or watching Netflix with her husband.
Read more about Hannah on her blog Follow Hannah Faye.
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