In honor of both International Women’s Day, and Women’s History Month, I wanted to share some of my favorite contemporary books that celebrate the history of women, and challenge us to be the best we can be. 

Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race
Can we really celebrate Women’s History Month if we’re not fully celebrating ALL women? Renni Eddo-Lodge covers the disparities that occur when feminism lacks intersectionality. Listening to Eddo-Lodge’s thoroughly researched accounts of racism in Britain provided me with a deeper understanding of the systematic oppression here in the United States.

I mean…can you blame me? If you haven’t read it yet, I highly, highly recommend listening to the auidobook version. This book only affirmed my beliefs that Michelle Obama is not only incredibly smart, but deeply wise and kind, I loved hearing her perspective on her upbringing and how it shaped her larger than life future.

Before We Were Yours: A Novel
Lisa Wingate weaves multiple perspectives across decades to weave a tragic story of loss and separation. Based on true stories, her narrative is heart wrenching as she describes her take on the real life story of Georgia Tann and the children who were stolen from their homes to be sold through an orphanage. While a fictional story in itself, this novel highlights a part of devastating history that is not discussed enough. 

I’d be lying if I said I haven’t read this book of poetry at least three times. My favorite book of poetry to recommend to others. I simply can’t do it just by saying more, except it is absolutely breathtaking.

Pussy: A Reclamation
This book explores what it means to truly embrace your feminine essence and connect to your power as a woman. Honestly, one of my favorite chapters was Regina Thomashauer’s depiction of the French Courtesans as sex work took on a new, more liberating perspective.

What’s on my list for the month:

Educated by Tara Westover

New and Selected Poems by Mary Oliver

Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay

Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly

Have you read any good books recently?
How are you celebrating Women’s History Month?