Today marks International Women’s Day, an annual celebration of women’s social, economic and political achievements of women! We thought this would be the perfect time to recommend some books we love by women and about women.
Last year marked 100 years since (some) women in the UK won the right to vote. If you’re interested in the suffragette movement, but want to learn more about the women involved who were placed at the margins of history including disabled women, women of colour and queer women, check out Sophia: Princess, Suffragette, Revolutionary by Anita Anand, and Rise Up Women! The Remarkable Lives of the Suffragettes by Diane Atkinson.
Some classic books that focus on race and gender that we’re reading include Ain’t I A Woman by bell hooks, a short read interrogating the history of black women in the United States, Your Silence Will Not Protect You and Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde.
Podcast fans might want to have a read of The Guilty Feminist by Deborah Frances-White, or Feminists Don’t Wear Pink (and other lies) curated by Scarlett Curtis, both based on podcasts of the same name.
We love it when women tell their own stories, and some memoirs we recommend include Trans: A Memoir by Juliet Jacques, Dirty River : A Queer Femme of Color Dreaming Her Way Home by Leah Lakshmi Piepznia-Samarasinha, or I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou.
Before you start reading all of these, come along to our International Women’s Day events! We are hosting a whole day of panels, discussions and workshops in the SU Venue from 10am - 5pm today (more information here). There will also be a special International Women’s Day and Results Night Frothy Friday with an all woman line-up, also today and in the SU Venue from 11pm onwards (more information here). We look forward to celebrating International Women’s Day with you!
And while you’re here… why don’t you recommend some books to celebrate International Women’s Day in the comments? We’d love to hear your suggestions!