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Opinion Outpost's book recommendations for International Women's Day
International Women’s Day has been celebrated since the early 1900s, with the inaugural celebration taking place March 8th, 1911.
It’s a day to recognize the achievements of women all over the world for the amazing things they do in every walk of life.
This year’s theme is Each for Equal #EachforEqual, inspiring us to change gender bias throughout the world.
For IWD 2020, we’ve put together a list of books by some truly inspiring and amazing women. Have you checked out any of these?
Why not cash in some of your Opinion Outpost points for an Amazon.com gift card or PayPal to pick up your favorite choice of our list
Yes Please - Amy Poehler
Amy Poehler is a well-known and much-loved comedian, gaining fame for hosting Saturday Night Live and also starring as lead character Leslie Knope in Parks & Recreation.
Amy’s book ‘Yes Please’ is full of personal stories and advice, all hilarious.
Becoming - Michelle Obama
The former First Lady of the United States debut book was a bestseller when it was released in 2018. It follows Michelle’s life right from the start in Chicago, studying law at Yale and then to her husband becoming the First African-American President of the US. She also talks about her experience as the First Lady, moving into the White House while raising her daughters Sasha and Malia.
I am Malala: The Story of the Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban - Malala Yousafzai
Malala Yousafzai is now widely known as an activist for female education and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014. However, when she was just 15, Malala was shot by the Taliban on a school bus home.
Her story has been watched and read by thousands, and her book covers the story of her recovery, family life and her continued fight for the education of girls.
We Should All Be Feminists - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is the award-winning author of well-known books like ‘Americanah’ and ‘Half of a Yellow Sun’.
In 2012, TED released a TEDx video with Chimamanda titled “We Should All Be Feminists”, which is a conversation around the subject of feminism. You can listen to it on TED’s website.
‘We Should All Be Feminists’ has received a lot of attention from the world of pop culture. One of the quotes from Chimamanda’s essay was even used as a speech at the beginning of Beyoncé song Flawless, from her 2013 self-titled album.
Chimamanda’s TEDx event was adapted into a book length essay of the same name in 2014 and is a great read for both men and women alike.
My Own Words - Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Written by the second ever female Supreme Court, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s ‘My Own Words’ details Ruth’s experiences fighting for justice in the US and her own thoughts and opinions on several topics, including gender equality, women’s rights and the US constitution.
RBG has widely become known as one of America’s most influential women, as well as a popular internet meme!
Inspired by some of our book choices, why not pick one (or all) as your International Women’s Day read!
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