Over the past few months, it seems like the literary world has been going crazy for strong, creative and ambitious women. From hilarious comedians and TV personalities, to fierce fighters for women’s rights and ambitious businesswomen with their sights set on taking over the boardroom. I don’t know if it’s just me, but it feels as though a shift has been happening, and more and more women (myself included) are becoming interested in feminist discussion, and wanting to learn more about these amazing and inspirational women that have helped to bring feminism to the forefront of the media. It’s such an amazing thing to see, especially given the GIPD mantra for women supporting women.
I’ve loved watching the rise of some of these fierce women in the media – women who are pushing boundaries when it comes to typical gender stereotypes and reading all about them can be so inspiring. In fact, it was only when I had a look back at the books I’ve read in the past year that I realised quite how many inspiring feminist works I’ve read! So I thought I would share with you just a few of my favourites that have had a massive impact on me over the past few months.
Mindy Kaling – Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me (and other concerns)
One of my all-time favourite books, I literally couldn’t out this down when I started reading it. Mindy Kaling is such an amazing role-model for women. She’s a strong-minded business-women who has all the traits of somebody who you’d want to be your BFF – she’s smart, funny, kind, fierce, independent, and a weird mix-up of simply down-to-earth and wildly idealistic. This book is like an insight into Mindy’s brain – inspiring and hilarious all at once.
Caitlin Moran – How to be a Woman
Over the past year, almost every woman I know has read this book by Times columnist Moran, and so, after about 6million recommendations, and reading tons of amazing reviews, I thought I’d give it a go. I knew from the outset it’d be a bit brash – my mum (who’s pretty open-minded) had struggled with a few of the more ‘intense’ chapters, but on the whole, I really loved it. It’s not pretty or delicate, but more like a loud and aggressive argument against sexism and the experiences that many modern day women go through. I highly recommend.
Malala Yousafzai – I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban
As the title suggests, Malala is commonly known as the girl who stood up for education and got shot by the Taliban. But she’s also much more than that, and that’s what this books discusses. From her traumatic experiences in Pakistan, to her move to the UK and trying to fit in, with her family, into British life, whilst continually (and bravely) striving to fight for women’s education rights in her home country, and further afield. If this book doesn’t inspire you, then I don’t know what will.
Sophia Amoruso – #Girlboss
As a bit of a self-confessed career-girl, I first read this book hoping to get a bit of work and business inspiration. But what this book does is so much more than that. Whilst Amoruso does talk about her successive rise to the billion dollar business she now owns, a lot of the book is simply about how, as a woman, you can work hard to achieve life goals and ambitions. It left me feeling ready to take on the world – go read!
Lena Dunham – Not That Kind Of Girl
And last but not least, is this little beaut of a book. I’m a huge fan of Girls, not just because it’s a great show, but I also love how the entire show is the product of one woman’s imagination, drive and ambitions (in case you hadn’t guessed, that woman is Lena Dunham!). Dunham is seriously inspirational as women go, and reading this is like a little insight into her every thought. Some of them are funny, some rude, heartbreaking, or motivational.
What amazing books have you read recently?