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10 Must-Read Books To Celebrate International Women’s Month

Women have worked so hard to prove that they can be whoever they aspire to be. In honour of International Women’s Month, we’ve rounded up some of the books to celebrate women empowerment.

Whether you’re looking for inspiration to continue being your awesome lady boss self or just in need of a reminder of your own capability as a woman, these books will awaken the feminist in you. So make yourself a cup of tea (or hot chocolate or whatever you fancy), sit back, and bask in these written words wherever you may be.

Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg shines the light on the obstacles women face as they take the path to leadership. An international bestseller, the book discusses equality at the workplace and how women must learn to assert themselves if they want to succeed. Sheryl also hits close to heart as she shares real-life experiences of what it’s like for a woman to work in some of the world’s most powerful organisations.

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Becoming by Michelle Obama

No doubt that Michelle Obama has won the hearts of millions of women all over the world because of her intelligence, humour, and staunch support to her husband, former US President Barack Obama. But she’s more than just a First Lady, she’s also a powerful advocate of many causes, an accomplished woman on her own, and a loving mother. Her memoir gives readers a glimpse of who the real Michelle is, besides the role that America bestowed her.

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Women in Science by Rachel Ignotofsky

Ever wondered what it’s like to be a woman in a male-dominated industry? Have a look at this book featuring illustrations and stories of about 50 women in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math. You can also share this with your child and who knows? You just might be a mum to a future scientist.

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Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay

Although the title of this book could be misleading, Bad Feminist is not what it seems like. It’s a collection of essays chronicling the author’s journey as she transforms into a woman and eventually finds her place in the world while understanding the culture we’re all living in. It points out how culture consumes and encourages readers to do better.

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The Color Purple by Alice Walker

Published in 1982, this Pulitzer Prize winner tells the story of Celine back when racism and sexism plagued African-American women. Although set in the 1930s, the protagonist’s story still rings true today when women are oppressed and deprived of the opportunity to stand up for themselves. Despite that, it’s also a reminder of how resilient women’s spirit can be. This excellent book is complemented by an equally riveting film adaptation, so watch it after reading!

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We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

If you’ve watched Chimamanda’s TED talk about feminism, chances are you’ve had a glimpse of her own definition of feminism, which focuses more on inclusion and awareness. This book talks about the modern-day discrimination that women are exposed to even up until this century. Fall in love with Chimamanda’s wit and humour, and vow to be a better feminist after reading her book.

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Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China by Jung Chang

Author Jung Chang tells the story of three generations of Chinese women—herself, her mother, and grandmother—and their experiences during the Cultural Revolution. Its gripping account of how women survived hardships and obstacle during 20th century China made this book a worldwide bestseller with more than 10 million copies sold.

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She: A Celebration of Renegade Women by Harriet Hall

Can you name 100 inspirational women from history until the present? This book does just that and more by taking you through the stories of 100 women who deserve to be celebrated and recognised for their contributions to the society. From Coco Chanel to Malala Yousafzai, get ready to be moved by these brilliant, kickass women.

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Thrive by Arianna Huffington

She may be the co-founder and editor-in-chief of Huffington Post, one of the most renowned media companies in the world, but Arianna Huffington also knows how to feel exhausted because of success. In her deeply personal book, she shares the demands of being both a career and family woman. This memoir will remind you of what true success really means from the eyes of one of the world’s most influential women.

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The Confidence Code by Katty Kay and Claire Shipman

How important is confidence if you want to be successful? Very. This is the reason why journalists Katty Kay and Claire Shipman delved deep on the science behind confidence, and how women can tap into their potentials and soar higher by being truly confident.

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