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Women in Lit!

March is Women’s History Month. What’s the best way to celebrate? By giving major props to some of the best female authors and books about women…and maybe cheering on your fellow lady friends too!

While these two lists are nowhere near comprehensive, they are a great place to start!

Female Authors You Need To Read:

Maya Angelou

From "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sing" to “Still I Rise,” Maya Angelou's works are a testament to her talents and resilience as an extraordinary writer. Her books have been on reading lists for generations - and for good reason. She captures the essential experience of what it was like to grow up black in America, and her works are unforgettable.

Alison Bechdel

Bechdel may sound familiar due to the Bechdel test. Most commonly used for films, the test asks the reader or viewer whether a work of fiction features at least two females who have conversations that do not revolve around male figures. Many, many films fail this requirement

Toni Morrison

Writer and editor, Morrison's novels are known for their epic themes, vivid dialogue and richly detailed black characters. Morrison is the first African-American woman to receive a Nobel Prize for literature; her works include “The Bluest Eye” and the Pulitzer Prize Winning “Beloved.”

Virginia Woolf

A modern English writer and one of the major figures of modernists, women writers of the 20th century, Woolf made huge strides for women in classic literature. A "Room of One’s Own" is commonly included in literature curriculum's of powerful women writers who broke through front-lines of a male dominated profession.


Books About Powerful Women You Need To Read:

"Immortal Life of Henretta Lacks"  by Rebecca Skloot

This is a true story about Ms. Lacks and how her cervical cancer cells were instrumental in the scientific breakthroughs in cancer treatments. It was the 2011 winner of the National Academies Communication Award for best creative work that helps the public understanding of topics in science, engineering or medicine.

"Lean In" by Sheryl Sandberg

Not only written by a women, it's about getting the most out of your professional career as a woman. "In Lean In" Sandberg – Facebook COO and one of Fortune magazine's Most Powerful Women in Business – draws on her own experience of working in some of the world's most successful businesses and looks at what women can do to help themselves, and make the small changes in their lives that can effect change on a more universal scale.

"I Am Malala" by Malala Yousafzai

Winner of the 2014 Noble Peace Prize, Yousafzai is a beacon of hope when it comes to educating young people. When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley, she fought for her right to an education. Her extraordinary journey has taken her from a remote valley in northern Pakistan to the halls of the United Nations. She has become a global symbol of peaceful protest and is the youngest ever winner of the Nobel Peace Prize.


You can find these selections, and more, in our catalog!

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