Happy International Women’s Day! || Feminist Recs (+my TBR)



From InternationalWomensDay.com:

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 the-yellow-wallpaper-by-charlotte-perkins-gilman Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur Night Games by Anna Krien

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 The Princess Saves Herself in This One by Amanda Lovelace the-female-of-the-species-by-mindy-mcginnis Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera

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!


The Handmaid's Tale Everyday Sexism fight-like-a-girl-by-clementine-ford

The Geek Feminist Revolution Wonder Women nujeen

In Order to Live A North Korean Girl's Journey to Freedom by Yeonmi Park Here We Are.png i-am-malala


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!

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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.


35 thoughts on “Happy International Women’s Day! || Feminist Recs (+my TBR)

  1. Great post! I’ve read some of these, others are on my TBR, but some I hadn’t even heard of before. Thanks for sharing and raising up these voices. Happy International Women’s Day!


  2. These are fantastic recs! I’ve read a few of them, and a lot of the others are on my wishlist. I really want to read The Geek Feminist revolution, it sounds so interesting. And I’m desperate to read Juliet Takes a Breath!


  3. I loved to bits and pieces We Should All Be Feminists. Speaking of Chimamanda Ngozie Adichie, have you read her “Dear Ijeawele or a Feminist Manifesto in 15 Suggestions”? It’s very very good. If I ever have children, I’ll for sure read them this 🙂 I also want to read Nujeen. I read an interview she gave to a Portuguese newspaper but I didn’t know she’d written a book. Thanks for pointing it out! 🙂


  4. This is a great post Lauren, and I love seeing what people are doing on WordPress for International Women’s Day. I wasn’t even aware this was a thing until earlier today but it’s definitely an amazing thing.
    I’m sad to say I haven’t actually read any of your recs in this post. I have a couple on my to-read list but I will definitely be adding all the others. I’ve seen quite a few of them around before and they seem like amazing books so you’ve given me the motivation to actually try and pick then up one day! 😀


    1. Thanks so much, Beth! As troubling as social media can be I’m so happy that it’s helping make everyone more aware of these kinds of things 😀 I feel like this year it really got promoted. I don’t even remember this much being said last year, haha. I hope you enjoy them if you pick them up ♥

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      1. Oh yeah, I think in a lot of occasions the pros of social media more than outweigh the cons don’t they?
        Neither do I actually, I guess it’s great to see more awareness being made of this day. Maybe next year I’ll be aware of it before the day is pretty much over! 😀

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  5. I’ll always have love for Internationl Woman’s Day…but I don’t want to share my bday! Lol!
    Happy Intl Woman’s Day, Lauren! We women are powerful and strong! One bookstore took all the books written by men and turned the spines around as a symbol. It’s a very strong image. 😊


  6. Ahhhh love this post! Happy International Women’s Day! ❤ I have to say, out of your recs, the only one I've read was The Female of the Species (loved it!!). I have a few others on my TBR, but I will definitely have to add the rest as well, and I hope I can read them someday! Lovely post, once again. 🙂


  7. I’m about 150 pages into Everyday Sexism – I had to put it down and I am yet to pick it back up but it’s very good. It’s got alot of statistics which are from 2013 or perhaps earlier but when you google them now you will see little has changed. I think you will enjoy it, I also picked up Girl Up by Laura Bates which my friend loves so definitely need to give that ago!
    I see all these books on Emma Watson’s instagram and I’m like I need but I have so little time!


    1. Glad to hear you’re enjoying it! It’s crazy to think that nothing much has changed in 4 years. Sadly, I’m not surprised though haha. Thanks for bringing Girl Up to my attention! I just added it to my TBR. And ahh, I know. There’s so many books and not enough time.

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  8. Great list Lauren! I was initially excited to read We Should All be Feminist but after Chimamanda’s latest opinion on trans women I might have to re-prioritize 😂😂 I agree that The Female of the Species and Juliet Takes a Breath is a light read for anyone who wants to try their hands in feminism. Haha just kidding, TFOTS is extremely brutal and not light hahah I do want to read Here We Are: Feminism for the Real World 😀


    1. Thank you, Puput ♥ Ahh yeah, I heard about those. Such a shame because everything she said in WSABF was so spot on. I hope she educates herself. HAHAHA, TFOTS was so intense but one of the best books I’ve ever read in regards to rape culture. I’m so glad I did.

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  9. I don’t know why or how but I completely missed out on this post and just accidentally found it scrolling down my reader. Damn you, WordPress! But anyway, your recommendations are awesome! I’m not the biggest fan of We Should All Be Feminists because of how basic it is, but all the other books you mentioned are on my TBR! I hope I will get to read all of them one day. 🙂


  10. Awesome reccs, I love these so much! I have In Order to Live on my TBR as well & can’t wait to read it, I’ve heard such incredible things already. I’m also dying to get my hands on Milk & Honey and The Princess Saves herself in This One ❤

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