12 Books for International Women’s Day

12 books

Today is International Women’s Day. In honor of today, I want to share some of my favorite books that celebrate the strength and diversity of women in the world. All of these books are written by women except for one, but I just couldn’t skip it because I just love it too much to leave it off the list.

  1. Year of Biblical Womanhood by Rachel Held Evans – I absolutely love this book. Rachel spent each month of a year studying different aspects of what it means to be a woman, at least according to many Christian sources. If you struggle as a woman to find your place in church, this is a fantastic read.
  2. What a Woman Is Worth by Tamara Lunardo – I am a little bit biased because I have an essay in this book, but in this collection of essays from 30 different women, you will find your own story. Tamara crafted a beautiful collection and it can empower the women in your life.
  3. The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan – This is one of the first feminist books I ever read. It might not seem like a feminist book, especially when you read about betrothal, spousal abuse, and polygamy, but this book highlights the tenacity of women in difficult situations, seeking to make life better for their daughters.
  4. Bonk by Mary Roach – This book isn’t specifically written for women, but I found much of the information that she found about sex and women to be incredibly liberating. Women have a lot of negative ideas to overcome regarding sex, and this book can aid in overcoming them.
  5. Jesus Feminist by Sarah Bessey – Another great read for the woman who loves Jesus and isn’t sure that she needs to be silent to do that. Sarah discusses how it is her faith that has led her to, rather than away from feminism.
  6. Carry On, Warrior by Glennon Doyle Melton – This book. Glennon writes with so much honesty and humor that it produces the best kind of hurt imaginable. I don’t know how she does it, but she writes just what I need to hear.
  7. Steele Secrets by Andi Cumbo-Floyd – In her latest book, Andi explores the life of a teen girl who is out to save a slave cemetery in her hometown. I love seeing a young woman at the center of this story, reminding the young women in my life that they have the potential to do great things.
  8. Half the Sky by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl Wudunn – This is one of the most important books about the place of women in the world, particularly in developing nations. It’s heavy stuff, but it is so important to understanding how women can help shape the global economy and how their continued oppression harms everyone, not just women.
  9. Bossypants by Tina Fey – This book is hilarious, and in the midst of her jokes, Tina talks about the struggles of being a woman in the entertainment industry. And in everyday life. She writes with humor and warmth and if you still haven’t read this book, fix that immediately.
  10. Baby Catcher by Peggy Vincent – Another old book, but another favorite. Peggy details her time as a midwife in California and the stories of the strength of the women that she serves just leaves me breathless.
  11. Damaged Goods by Dianna Anderson – This book is about the Christian purity culture, but in it, Dianna shows how that reaches far beyond the walls of evangelical Christianity and into the world at large. If you have felt like a “less than” woman because of purity culture, be sure to pick up this book.
  12. A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini – I read this book years ago, but I appreciated the way that it paints the picture of friendship between two women, especially in such difficult circumstances. If you want a book that celebrates the strength of women, this one is for you.

What are some of your favorite books by and for women?

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About Alise

I’m a lot of things, but more than anything else, I’m a woman in progress. I’m finding that out more and more all the time. Knitting is just a series of knots. I hope as my tangled thoughts are put out there, they will weave together into something that adds a little bit of beauty to the world.
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