In honour of International Women’s Day, I reached out to my network, asking them for book recommendations written by female authors. I was looking for books that left the reader inspired, or critically examining their roles, their society or the world. I hope this little list introduces you to an author you’ve never heard of until now, or at least lengthens your Goodreads “want to read” list.
A quick note on this post: I was more than a bit behind in trying to decide how we could celebrate International Women’s Day on the blog today. When I finally settled on an idea, I found that this post is a perfect example of the power of a network, especially a network that supports and empowers women. When I needed help, I reached out, and my friends, colleagues and AWN team came through. In this post I hope you’ll find that my network helps you discover new sources of knowledge and inspiration, just as they help me all the time!
The Rec: Welcome to the Goddamn Ice Cube by Blair Braverman
The Reason: “This book has everything! Sled dogs, extreme arctic adventure and incredible insights on existing, learning and thriving in male dominated spaces.” – Claire Cowan
The Rec: Very Good Lives by J. K. Rowling
The Reason: “This is a speech she gave to a class of Harvard graduates. In classic Rowling fashion, she provides inspiration in the form of her wit and honesty.” – Ashley Knapton
The Rec: The Break by Katherena Vermette
The Reason: “A beautiful book that takes the reader into the lives of women who face abuse, poverty and racism but find strength and hope through the powerful bonds of family” – Kara Pate
The Rec: Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur
The Reason: “When I see a woman of colour stepping out into the mainstream and being successful it means something to me. Systemic racism is still a problem in this country. We need more “Milk and Honey”- Philip Shaw
The Reason (multiple recs for this one!): "Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur is the one I’ve given away to people most as a gift as I feel her voice is so strong and important in this." - Brendan Byrne
(Maureen Balsillie also recommended this!)
The Rec: Our Turn by Kirstine Stewart
The Reason: “Stewart’s main message is that women have the talents, skills and attitudes that are best suited for the work world of today. She provides practical strategies along with experiences, observations and visionary statements.” – Joan Craig
The Rec: Advanced Methods in Distance Education: Applications and Practices for Educators, Administrators and Learners by Dr. Kim Dooley
The Reason: “This textbook, with agricultural communications and education expert Prof. Kim Dooley as the lead author, opened my eyes to distance education when I was pursuing my doctorate at Texas A&M University, where she is a faculty member. Prof. Dooley is an inspiring mentor and a great example of a leading woman in agricultural academia.” – Owen Roberts
The Rec: Why I am Not a Feminist by Jessa Crispin
The Reason: “It was a great overview of the past women's movements and the challenges currently not being addressed by today's brand of feminism. It made me re-think what it means to be a feminist and understand why it's important that we be bold & fight for equity for those who don't have the means to be able to fight or be heard.” – Jen Christie
The Rec: When the Saints by Sarah Mian
The Reason: A recommendation from a friend, this book is set in rural Nova Scotia, and written by a Canadian author. Rec by Danielle Collins.
Honourable mentions: You are a Badass by Jen Sincero; The Power by Naomi Alderman; History's People - Margaret MacMillan
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