By Jensen Argyle
March is Women’s History Month and in case you haven’t taken the time to celebrate, why not celebrate with books? These books all feature strong women who will inspire you no matter what phase of life you may find yourself in. And besides, what better way to honor inspirational ladies than by reading about them?
Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman by Robert K. Massie: Relates the real life story of an unknown young German princess who journeyed to Russia and became one of the most powerful women history has ever known.
Cleopatra: A Life by Stacy Schiff: This biography relates the story of the last pharaoh of Ptolemaic Egypt.
The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Gaskell: The life of the genius woman who wrote Jane Eyre, as written by her best friend Elizabeth Gaskell.
Jane Austen: A Life by Claire Tomalin: The Life of one of the all-time greatest English writers.
The Young Victoria by Alison Plowden: The beginnings of the former longest-running monarch in British history.
I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Thoughts about Being a Woman by Nora Ephron: Brought to you by the woman introduced the world to You’ve Got Mail (as well as Sleepless in Seattle and When Harry Met Sally, but You’ve Got Mail is my personal favorite). This collection of essays is as insightful and hilarious as the movies she makes.
You’re Never Weird on the Internet by Felicia Day: Felicia Day is the queen of the geeks. Her autobiography is just as funny and nerdy as you would expect it to be.
Wildflower by Drew Barrymore: In this autobiography, Barrymore relates fun and insightful stories that led her to become the successful and inspiring woman she is today.
Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling: Kaling hilariously and accurately portrays the struggle to find contentment and independence.
I am Malala: the Girl who Stood Up for Education and was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai: Yousafzai shares her inspiring story of activism in the midst of incomprehensible tyranny.
I Know why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou: Written by one of the greatest African American writers of all time, Angelou’s personal account will at once break your heart and inspire you.
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte A story about a seemingly insignificant girl who never wavers from her personal convictions, no matter what others might try to convince her she should do. If that isn’t a strong female character, I don’t know who is.
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen This features one of the strongest, most complex heroines that has ever been brought to life with a pen.
The Help by Kathryn Stockett Stockett is a master at making interesting, complex female characters who leap off the page and into your heart.
The Color Purple by Alice Walker Walker definitely deserved her Pulitzer for this beautiful novel about strong, black women.
The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling because who is a better or more inspiring heroine than Hermione Granger? And you can’t read just one book. If you’re going to read one, you’re going to end up reading all of them. Admit it.
Warning: Some of these books might make you cry. But don't the best books do? Happy Women's History Month to all our ladies out there, and as always, happy reading!
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