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Read for Women's Equality Day

If you didn’t know, August 26th is Women’s Equality Day.

Don’t know what that is? Or why do we celebrate it? Well here’s the quick explanation along with a list of books I think you should pick up to celebrate it.

So the basic explanation is that Women’s Equality Day is a day to celebrate the signing of the 19th amendment (Women being granted the right to vote) and the progress that was made by those who participated in the movement.

While the right to vote was just one step (and only a partial one at that since women of color still didn’t have the same protections until sometime later) women are still faced with struggles of equality even today. So we celebrate Women’s Equality Day as a way to honor those of the past, acknowledge the progress we’ve made, and as a reminder to keep pushing forward for an even better future for women.

So in celebration I’ve put together a list of books that I think fit well with the theme. Some Fiction, non-fiction, even a picture book for the kids. I hope you enjoy and take sometime to check out these amazing reads! Even if you don’t try to find a way to support your fellow woman today.

Cover of We Rise in Power: Amplifying Women of Color and Our Voices for Change

1. We Rise in Power: Amplifying Women of Color and Our Voices for Change

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We Rise in Amplifying Women of Color and Her Voices for Change brings historically excluded voices to the main stage, and makes “representation” the norm rather than an after-thought. Sharing rich, personal stories of challenge, resilience, and triumph, this book brings together a collective of diverse women from across North America who advocate for social change and offer pathways and strategies for transformative actions. Women of color are risk-takers and game-changers with unique answers for the deep-rooted issues our communities face.

Black Girls Must Die Exhausted by Jayne Allen book cover

2. Black Girls Must Die Exhausted

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The first novel in a captivating three-book series about modern womanhood, in which a young Black woman must rely on courage, laughter, and love—and the support of her two longtime friends—to overcome an unexpected setback that threatens the most precious thing she’s ever wanted.

I Hope We Choose Love: A Trans Girls Notes From the End of the World

3. I Hope We Choose Love: A Trans Girls Notes From the End of the World

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What can we hope for at the end of the world? What can we trust in when community has broken our hearts? What would it mean to pursue justice without violence? How can we love in the absence of faith?

In a heartbreaking yet hopeful collection of personal essays and prose poems, blending the confessional, political, and literary, Kai Cheng Thom dives deep into the questions that haunt social movements today. With the author's characteristic eloquence and honesty, I Hope We Choose Love proposes heartfelt solutions on the topics of violence, complicity, family, vengeance, and forgiveness. Taking its cues from contemporary thought leaders in the transformative justice movement such as adrienne maree brown and Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha, this provocative book is a call for nuance in a time of political polarization, for healing in a time of justice, and for love in an apocalypse.

The Women They Could Not Silence: One Woman, Her Incredible Fight for Freedom, and The Men Who Tried to Make Her Disappear

4. The Women They Could Not Silence: One Woman, Her Incredible Fight for Freedom, and The Men Who Tried to Make Her Disappear

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1860: As the clash between the states rolls slowly to a boil, Elizabeth Packard, housewife and mother of six, is facing her own battle. The enemy sits across the table and sleeps in the next room. Her husband of twenty-one years is plotting against her because he feels increasingly threatened―by Elizabeth's intellect, independence, and unwillingness to stifle her own thoughts. So Theophilus makes a plan to put his wife back in her place. One summer morning, he has her committed to an insane asylum.

We Are Not Born Submissive: How Patriarchy Shapes Women's Lives

5. We Are Not Born Submissive: How Patriarchy Shapes Women's Lives

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What role do women play in the perpetuation of patriarchy? On the one hand, popular media urges women to be independent, outspoken, and career-minded. Yet, this same media glorifies a specific, sometimes voluntary, female submissiveness as a source of satisfaction. In philosophy, even less has been said on why women submit to men and the discussion has been equally contradictory--submission has traditionally been considered a vice or pathology, but female submission has been valorized as innate to women's nature. Is there a way to explore female submission in all of its complexity--not denying its appeal in certain instances, and not buying into an antifeminist, sexist, or misogynistic perspective?

Women of the Post

6. Women of the Post

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An emotional story, based on true events, about the all-Black battalion of the Women's Army Corps who found purpose, solidarity and lifelong friendship in their mission of sorting over one million pieces of mail for the US Army.

 Hood Feminism: Notes From the Women That a Movement Forgot

7. Hood Feminism: Notes From the Women That a Movement Forgot

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Today's feminist movement has a glaring blind spot, and paradoxically, it is women. Mainstream feminists rarely talk about meeting basic needs as a feminist issue, argues Mikki Kendall, but food insecurity, access to quality education, safe neighborhoods, a living wage, and medical care are all feminist issues. All too often, however, the focus is not on basic survival for the many, but on increasing privilege for the few. That feminists refuse to prioritize these issues has only exacerbated the age-old problem of both internecine discord and women who rebuff at carrying the title. Moreover, prominent white feminists broadly suffer from their own myopia with regard to how things like race, class, sexual orientation, and ability intersect with gender. How can we stand in solidarity as a movement, Kendall asks, when there is the distinct likelihood that some women are oppressing others?

She Must Be Mad

8. She Must Be Mad

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She Must be Mad explores coming-of-age: the pain and beauty of love, the relief and the agony of turning from girl to woman, the isolation of an untethered mind and the power and subjugation of the body.

Charly captures the formative experiences of today’s young women from the poignant to the prosaic in writing that is at once witty, wry and heartfelt. Wayward nights out that don’t go as planned; the righteous anger at those men with no talent or skill or smarts who occupy the most powerful positions in the world; the strange banality of madness and, of course, the hurt and indecision of unrequited love.

For every woman surviving and thriving in today’s world, for every girl who feels too much; this is a call for communion, and you are not alone.

Women Don't Owe You Pretty Book cover

9. Women Don't Owe You Pretty

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WOMEN DON'T OWE YOU PRETTY will tell you to... love sex, hate sexism, protect your goddamn energy, life is short, dump them, And that you owe men nothing, least of all pretty.

Florence's debut book will explore all progressive corners of the feminist conversation; from insecurity projection and refusing to find comfort in other women's flaws, to deciding whether to date or dump them, all the way through to unpacking the male gaze and how it shapes our identity.

WOMEN DON'T OWE YOU PRETTY is an accessible leap into feminism, for people at all stages of their journey who are seeking to reshape and transform the way they view themselves. In a world that tells women we're either not enough or too much, it's time we stop directing our anger and insecurities onto ourselves, and start fighting back to re-shape the toxic structures of our patriarchal society.

Florence's book will help you to tackle and challenge the limiting narrative you have been bombarded with your whole life, and determine feminism on your own terms. After all, you are the love of your own life.

Anthology of Amazing Women: Trailblazers Who Dared to Be Different

10. Anthology of Amazing Women: Trailblazers Who Dared to Be Different

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This beautifully illustrated collection tells the awe-inspiring stories of 50 women who have pushed the boundaries of human excellence and endeavor.

Featuring familiar icons like Elizabeth I and Malala Yousafzai, and introducing hidden figures like Chien-Shiung Wu and Aud the Deep-Minded, kids will be fascinated reading about these women's achievements in science, sports, the arts, politics, and history, and it is sure to inspire a new generation of extraordinary girls!

Happy Reading! Let me know what you think about these picks.


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