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International Women’s Day: Celebrate Six of Our Favorite International Female Authors

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Today is International Women’s History Day! Read this piece from March 8, 2016 that celebrates six of your favorite, must-read female authors whose books tell the stories of women and girls around the world. March 8 is International Women’s Day, which means we’re celebrating all those women from around the globe who inspire and entertain us. It’s easy to keep yourself in an Americanized bubble, only reading stories from the familiar authors we know and love. But the international book community is vast and vibrant, filled with writers from all different cultures and nationalities. In honor of all the talented women across the world, here are six international female authors (and their most recent books!) that you should be reading immediately: Lone Star, Paullina…

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11 Must-Read Feminist Books from the Past 100 Years

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What does feminism mean to you? Over the years, the definition of the word “feminism” has changed. For the record, that definition, according to Webster’s Dictionary, is: “the belief that men and women should have equal opportunities.” That seems simple enough, but for some, feminism has become a controversial—even unnecessary concept. Whatever feminism means to you, it’s worth taking a look back at how and why the movement developed, beginning as far back as the early 1900s, and the writers and feminist books that continue to influence our lives today—whether we know it or not. With so much feminist literature out there, this list is not exhaustive. Add your go-to feminist book to the comments. Together We Rise, The Women’s March…

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‘Dear Ijeawele’ and Teaching Girls to Love Books (Review)

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What does it take to raise your daughter to be a feminist? Writer and feminist scholar, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, was asked this question by a close friend and transformed her response into the newly released book, Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions. Adichie’s sage advice is absent of the tradition loaded in most motherly words of wisdom. Instead, Dear Ijeawele promotes the progressive mindset necessary for raising the next generation of women to be true feminists. The book lays out 15 suggestions that range from handling romantic relationships to addressing double standards. Of all the recommendations, rich with stories from Adichie’s experiences as a girl, the one I found most powerful was to teach her to love books. As a young child, books…

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Who Run the World?! 7 Books for Women’s Equality Day

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First thing’s first – here’s the soundtrack for this article:   On this glorious day, August 26, in the glorious year of 1920, the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution was certified as law. For anyone not up on their Constitutional Amendments (YOU SHOULD BE), that’s the one that gave women the right to vote. So, to commemorate the date, we have Women’s Equality Day, a holiday that celebrates ladies getting a right we should have had from the very beginning. Women’s Equality Day is a well-intentioned holiday that’s still a bit touchy, mainly because the subject of women’s equality is still about as frustrating and divisive as it was in 1920. The gender wage gap is still a…

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International Women’s Day: Highlighting Six of Our Favorite Female Authors

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March 8 is International Women’s Day, which means we’re celebrating all those women from around the globe who inspire and entertain us. It’s easy to keep yourself in an Americanized bubble, only reading stories from the familiar authors we know and love. But the international book community is vast and vibrant, filled with writers from all different cultures and nationalities. In honor of all the talented women across the world, here are six international female authors (and their most recent books!) that you should be reading immediately: Lone Star, Paullina Simons (William Morrow, November 2015) I fell hard for Simons’ Bronze Horseman series, about an epic romance that starts in communist Russia during World War II and spans decades and continents. Since…

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TED Talks: Novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Knocks Down Stereotyping

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Stories are everywhere – our perspectives on culture and our own lives depend on the stories we hear, create and share. In her amazing talk from TEDGlobal 2009, Nigerian novelist and Beyoncé collaborator Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie discusses the importance of stories in the ways we build our perspectives about other people – and the critical disconnects that can occur by only listening to one story. Drawing from personal experiences with judging others and being judged for being Nigerian, she draws the parallels between single stories and stereotypes. In her words, “The single story creates stereotypes. And, the problem with stereotypes is not that they are untrue, but that they are incomplete. They make one story become the only story.” This…

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