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International Women's Day: 7 Must-Read Books Written by Inspirational Woman

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International Women's Day is coming up in just a few weeks; in anticipation, I've put together a reading list of 7 must-read non-fiction books written by gutsy, inspirational women.

Jump into some of these non-fiction titles to get yourself inspired and ready to move mountains in the lead up to international women's day.


This pint sized book is perfection. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie eloquently and succinctly sums up exactly what feminism is, what it should look like, and why we should all be feminists. You can devour this book in one short sitting. It's a must read for absolutely everyone.

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Bri Lee's memoir is beautifully written, powerful and leaves you wanting to move mountains. A survivor of sexual abuse as a child, Bri Lee examines the legal system from her position as a Judge's associate, and then as a victim fighting for her own justice through the legal system. Eggshell Skull is a tough read, but it's well worth it.

For something a little lighter, I recommend Why Not Me? Mindy Kaling is one of my favourite comedic actors / writers. She's hilarious and endearing, and (much less importantly) her style blows my mind. I want her to be my best friend, please.

Mindy Kaling may have "the entitlement of a tall, blonde, white man," but her writing is unencumbered by the kind of smugness and banality that that sense of entitlement usually brings.

Maya Angelou's masterpiece I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings is the first of her seven autobiographies, and delves into her life up to the age of 17. It's painful and beautiful, written with the innocence and frankness of a child, with a sharp perceptiveness about the world she lived in.

Mia Freedman is the founder of Mamamia, Australia's largest independent media group. But that's not why you should read this book. Work Strife Balance tells Mia's story without sugar coating the obstacles and failures, and it offers some insightful nuggets of wisdom, like, "Balance is bullshit."



Leigh Sales is my idol. She is a hard hitting Australian journalist, who manages to be a vulnerable and flawed human (and a female one, at that) while still maintaining her sense of professionalism and commanding respect.

I debated whether I should include Becoming on this list. Everyone has heard of the book, everyone knows who Michelle Obama is, and everyone knows that this would be a story about an inspirational woman. Becoming is probably on every list out there of Books Written by Inspirational Women. As much as I hate to be basic (I've got a Mummy Blog, so I'm pretty much as far from basic as you can get, right???), I have to include Becoming on this list. The book is just that good. Michelle Obama is so much more than just a former First Lady. Note: I highly recommend the audio version of Becoming.

After more book recommendations? Check out this list of 10 Amazing New Release Books Coming in Early 2020

While you're at it, have a little look over my Summer Reading List here

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