International Women’s Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.
International Women’s Day (IWD) has been observed since in the early 1900’s – a time of great expansion and turbulence in the industrialized world that saw booming population growth and the rise of radical ideologies. International Women’s Day is a collective day of global celebration and a call for gender parity. No one government, NGO, charity, corporation, academic institution, women’s network or media hub is solely responsible for International Women’s Day. Many organizations declare an annual IWD theme that supports their specific agenda or cause, and some of these are adopted more widely with relevance than others.
“The story of women’s struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organization but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights,” says world-renowned feminist, journalist and social and political activist Gloria Steinem. Thus International Women’s Day is all about unity, celebration, reflection, advocacy and action – whatever that looks like globally at a local level. But one thing is for sure, International Women’s Day has been occurring for well over a century – and continue’s to grow from strength to strength.
We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie – If you’re familiar with feminism then this probably won’t have anything new for you, but if you’re new or don’t call yourself one then I can’t recommend it enough. It brings up so many important themes and does such a great job at explaining what feminism actually is. Even if you’re not new to feminism I still think you should read it because it’s like 30 pages and Chimamanda is a WOC and intersectional feminism is so important.
The Yellow-Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman – An extremely important look at how women with mental illness were treated back in the day. This can be a very difficult read if you suffer from a mental illness, but if you can get through that then I can’t stress enough how important it is to read this.
milk and honey by Rupi Kaur – This is such a beautiful book filled with poetry about a huge range of topics including feminism, race and sexual assault (so trigger warning for that!)
Night Games by Anna Krien – If you’re Australian I especially recommend this. It deals with rape culture within the sporting community. I do have some issues with it, but overall it does a great job of informing you just how poorly women are treated. Trigger warnings for rape and sexual assault.
Bodies of Water by V.H. Leslie – This is a kind of thriller/horror book, but I’m including it because it really showcases how poorly women were treated back in the day in terms of their health. It’s important to remember what women in the past had to face. Also, I’m sure there are some women that still don’t receive proper healthcare.
the princess saves herself in this one by Amanda Lovelace – Another poetry book that is so incredible beautiful that deals with a lot of the same topics as milk and honey does. I felt really empowered after reading it. It’s been a while since I read it, but I think there’s some parental abuse in here, so be careful of that.
The Female of the Species by Mindy Mcginnis – An extremely important book that deals with feminism and rape culture. If you can handle the subject matter then please, honestly, read this book.
Juliet Takes A Breath by Gabby Rivera – As I mentioned above intersectional feminism is extremely important. This book is a Latinx #ownvoices where Juliet is discovering and learning what it means to be a feminist and an intersectional feminist. I love this because you le’/.l,v hybhnjjarn along with Juliet and it brings up so many important things. There’s also a cute f/f romance!
Have you read any of the books I mentioned?
What’s some of your favourite feminist reads?
I hope you’re all having a fantastic day!
P.S. Thank you so, so, so much for all your kind words on my previous post. I can’t express how much it means to me. It was so overwhelming waking up the next day and reading all the comments. I was nervous to post that because I was worried that I was going to say something wrong or have it seem like I was trying to take the discussion away from other margenilised groups that have a way more difficult time. Seeing all your support was amazing. I haven’t replied to all the comments yet because I just need a little space from it after putting it all out there, but I appreciate every single person who took the time to read that post and leave a comment. Seeing people say that they could connect is the reason why I posted it and I can’t thank you enough.