In Her Voice: Five Books for International Women’s Day


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Today is International Women’s Day! To celebrate, VPL’s reading experts bring you this list of top reads that honour the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women all around the globe:

We Should All Be FeministsWe Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

In this personal and eloquently argued essay, award-winning author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie offers readers a unique definition of feminism for the 21st century – one that is rooted in inclusion and awareness. Drawing from personal experiences, Adichie explores what it means to be a woman now and why we should all be feminists.

In the Company of WomenIn the Company of Women by Grace Bonney

This book features more than 100 inspirational profiles of women who have embraced the entrepreneurial spirit and are pursuing their passion in life. For those wanting to pave their own path, this must-read is filled with valuable tips and advice.

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Difficult WomenDifficult Women by Roxane Gay

Roxane Gay offers a powerful collection of short stories that challenges the notion of traditional female assumptions. Whether the story is set in a girl’s fight club or wealthy Florida subdivision, Gay brings to life an unforgettable group of complex, flawed and unconventional women.

All the Single LadiesAll the Single Ladies by Rebecca Traister

Rebecca Traister examines the historical, social and political context of the 21st century phenomenon of the American single woman. With a growing population of unmarried women and rising marrying age, Traister’s research ultimately discovers this phenomenon is not a new one. A great read and an important body of contemporary feminist work.

Rad Women WorldwideRad Women Worldwide by Kate Schatz

This bestselling book showcases 40 extraordinary women who have made significant achievements worldwide. Spanning 31 countries with examples from 430 BC to 2016, the collection rounds up inspiring tales from women’s history.

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