“We must be impatient for change. Let us remember that our voice is a precious gift and we must use it.”– Claudia Flores, Clinical Professor, University of Chicago Law School
Today is International Women’s Day; a day to celebrate women and girls and to highlight their social, economic, political, and cultural achievements throughout the world. It is also a call to action come together as groups and individuals to raise awareness of the disparity women continue to face, and to rally for equality.
This year’s theme for International Women’s Day is #BreakTheBias. Celebrating women’s achievements and striking the Break the Bias pose are fantastic ways to bring awareness to this day and to celebrate women. But they aren’t enough.
On this day, we are asked to actively call out discrimination, bias, and stereotyping when we see it and to commit to helping to make an inclusive world for girls and women. For more information, please visit the International Women’s Day website.
How Can WPL Help Me Become an Ally for Girls and Women?
Below are a few of the books we have curated for an International Women’s Day reading list. Written by female authors from around the world, these books highlight the immense talent and achievements of many women, but also give readers insight into the struggles women and girls have experienced and continue to face. This list offers Non-Fiction and Fiction selections on a variety of subjects and themes for both adults and youth.
To view the full reading lists, please visit our website.
In My Own Moccasins
Helen Knott (Canada – Indigenous)
An unflinching memoir of addiction, intergenerational trauma, and the wounds of sexual assault from a resilient, emerging Indigenous voice.
As a Woman: What I Learned about Power, Sex, and the Patriarchy after I Transitioned
Paula Stone Williams (USA)
A moving and unforgettable memoir of a transgender pastor’s transition from male to female.
Amazons, Abolitionists and Activists: A Graphic History of Women’s Fight for Their Rights
Mikki Kendall (USA)
Genre: Graphic Novel
Examining where we have been, where we are, and where we are going, Amazons, Abolitionists, and Activists is an indispensable resource for people of all genders interested in the fight for a more liberated future.
The Death of Vivek Oji
Akwaeke Emezi (Nigeria)
Genre: Literary Fiction, BIPOC & nonbinary author
A captivating coming-of-age story about friendship, family, and identity.
Casey Plett (Canada)
Genre: Coming-of-Age, LGBTQIA+
This Lambda award-winning novel set in Winnipeg is a raw and captivating story that follows a Transgender woman struggling with friendship while investigating whether her Mennonite grandfather might also have been Transgender.
Notes on an Execution
Danya Kukafka (USA)
Mini Blurb: a chilling portrait of womanhood that deconstructs the story of a serial killer on death row through the eyes of the women in his life.
Looking for Jane
Heather Marshall (Canada)
Genre: Historical Fiction
Set in Toronto, this novel is about three women whose lives are bound together by a long-lost letter, a mother’s love, and a secret network of women fighting for the right to choose—inspired by true stories. Read Check It Out blogger Laurie P.’s recent review here.
This Book Is Feminist: An Intersectional Primer for Next-Gen Changemakers (Vol 3)
Jamia Wilson (USA)
Genre: Junior Non-Fiction
A beautifully illustrated introduction to intersectional feminism for the next generation of changemakers with calls to action that encourage readers to reflect and embrace their own interpretation of feminism.
Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara (Spain)
Genre: Biography, Children’s Non-Fiction Literature
An inspirational book that focuses on the well-known feminist and activist. With quirky illustrations and many facts, this is a detailed look at Steinem’s life.
Melanie Crowder (USA)
Genre: Historical Fiction
The real-life story of Clara Lemlich, a young woman at the beginning of the 20th century who emigrated from Russia to New York whose fight for equal rights lead to the largest strike by women in the USA.
Watch Us Rise
Renee Watson & Ellen Hagan (USA)
Genre: Contemporary Teen Fiction
Teenage girls form a feminist group at their high school and post their experiences about sexist microaggressions online. When the school attempts to disband the group, the friends risk everything to make sure their voices are heard.
As we celebrate and reflect on another International Women’s Day, please consider the words of former United States President, Barack Obama:
“Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.”– Barack Obama, 44th President of the United States of America