It's International Women’s Day on March 8th and this year’s theme, #EachforEqual according to is all about accelerating gender equality. Whether it is equality in the boardroom, government, media, workplace, sports or health and wealth in general, women had always had to prove themselves with lots of strength and courage to get what it takes. And yes the race is still on for this equality with plenty of determination.

For all the women out there and also the open-minded men, here are some awesome books that celebrate women, their extraordinary achievements, inspirations and motivations, and breaking certain norms to get there. Get inspired and get equal!

Amazing Australian Women

This book is about twelve amazing Australian women who have changed the world in big and small ways. The featured women are convict and businesswoman Mary Reibey, indigenous resistance fighter Tarenore, suffragist Mary Lee, opera singer Nellie Melba, politician Edith Cowan, teacher, writer, and disability activist Tilly Aston, actress, lecturer, and writer Rose Quong, nurse and medical innovator Elizabeth Kenny, swimmer and movie star Annette Kellerman, aviation pioneer Lores Bonney, artist Emily Kame Kngwarreye and scientist Ruby Payne-Scott.

Empowering Mantras for Awesome Women 

 A collection of wise and powerful words is a must-have for any 21st-century woman. Choose a mantra or quotation every morning and keep it in your mind as you face the day’s challenges. You can also share them with your friends and help her find her inner strength. A reminder of your worth or a boost or confidence and positivity, you will find it here.

Shout Out to the Girls: A Celebration of Awesome Australian Women 

From Cathy Freeman to Turia Pitt, Edith Cowan to Julia Gillard, Mum Shirl to Vali Myers, plus rally car drivers, molecular biologists and more, these easy-to-read biographies are a celebration of women in all fields, from all walks of life, and Australia’s past and present. All royalties from sales of this book go to The Smith Family.

She Persisted: Quotes to Motivate and Inspire  

Courage. Persistence. Heart. Soul. Wisdom. Women are changing the world and these beautifully illustrated words not only embody today’s woman but are sure to inspire women of all ages across the world.

Bad Girls Throughout History

A gorgeously illustrated book that highlights 100 revolutionary women who were bad in the best sense of the word. From pirates to artists, warriors, daredevils, scientists, activists, and spies, these women challenged the status quo and changed the rules for all who followed with their incredible achievements. The book features bold watercolor portraits and illuminating essays by Ann Shen.

Why We March: Signs of Protest and Hope

Inspired by one of the largest demonstrations in political history, the Women’s March on January 21, 2017, Why We March: Signs of Protest and Hope features a collection 500 of the most eloquent, provocative, uplifting, clever, and creative signs from across the United States and around the world. All royalties from the sale of this book will be donated to Planned Parenthood.

Recipes for Self-Love: How to Feel Good in a Patriarchal World

Based on her popular Instagram feed of the same name, Recipes for Self-Love is a book by Amsterdam-based artist Alison Rachel of empowering images of and for women, and accompanying meditations on feminism, self-care, boundaries, intersectionality, sexuality, anxiety, ritual, beauty, individuality, and self-expression. This book is the ultimate appreciation gift for the powerful, incredible women in your life (or for yourself).   

Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls is the one that breaks the norms. Reinventing fairy tales, this book inspires girls with stories of 100 heroic women from Elizabeth 1 to Serena Williams. Empowering, moving and inspirational these are true fairy tales for heroines who don’t need rescuing!

The Pen is Mightier than the Penis 

The perfect book for any feminist out there, The Pen is Mightier than the Penis is a feminist quote book celebrating female writers throughout the centuries, from Sappho to Margaret Atwood. Quotes for the ideal self-respecting feminist!

She Explores

Combining breathtaking travel photography with compelling personal narratives, this book shares the stories of women on unforgettable journeys. Beautiful, empowering, and exhilarating, She Explores is a celebration of female courage, self-reliance, and self-discovery. 

A Galaxy of Her Own Space 

A book celebrating women in space, from Ada Lovelace in the nineteenth century, to the women behind the Apollo missions, from the astronauts breaking records on the International Space Station to those racing to Mars, A Galaxy of Her Own reveals extraordinary stories and remarkable achievements.

Bosom Buddies Book 

From the formidable Trung Sisters and friendly rivals Katherine Mansfield and Virginia Woolf to powerhouse partners Oprah Winfrey and Gayle King, writer Violet Zhang captures 25 remarkable and inspiring female friendships throughout history. The book captures the love, challenges, encouragement, and adulation of female friendships across time.

Strong is the New Pretty 

This guided journal for girls, celebrates courage and individuality, confidence, creativity, and joy while building off the energy of both the journaling trend and the tremendous way of female-forward storytelling. As girls make their way through the book, it becomes a source of motivation to be their most powerful selves.

I am a Wonder Woman In this stunning picture book, the enchanting illustrations sensitively depict each stage of life and the journey of transformation that we undergo as we grow up.


International Women’s Day with Inspiring Books!

International Women’s Day with Inspiring Books!