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Book Recommendations for Women’s History Month

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March is Women’s History month and National Reading month. It is important to keep ourselves educated, and so many women deserve recognition during this month. Several books could be included in this list, and here are just a few that represent valuable takeaways on the topic of women. Here is a compiled list of five recommended books, written about or by different women, ranging from music to memoirs. 

What Would Audrey Do by Pamela Keogh

This book gives insight into the lifestyle of the iconic woman, Audrey Hepburn. It’s a perfect read for those interested in timeless films and fashion. What Would Audrey Do is not only a biography, but it informs the reader about how Audrey Hepburn continues to be a classic role model for style, dating, career, and other lifestyle topics. This book goes into detail about the attributes that make Audrey Hepburn such an admirable woman to this day. Using Audrey Hepburn’s life experiences as inspiration, the author does an exceptional job at drawing valuable insights and making connections to modern-day situations. What Would Audrey Do is an amusing read, while serving as a knowledgeable guide to women of all generations.

A Hundred Other Girls by Iman Hariri-Kia 

Iman Hariri-Kia’s fictional novel is centered around a woman in her early twenties, Noora, trying to figure out her career and lifestyle. It’s an entertaining book, and it could serve as something for young women to relate to. Noora’s career journey is inspiring as she faces many different challenges in her competitive career field throughout the novel. This book is very fun to read, while also incorporating lessons that young women could apply to their career paths. Reading this book could motivate young women who are looking to attain their life goals and dreams. A Hundred Other Girls is very entertaining and perfect for those who feel like they are overwhelmed with the obstacles in their lives.

The Color Purple by Alice Walker

The Color Purple remains one of the most powerful and timeless books. Alice Walker has been praised for speaking out against racism and sexism in this book countless times since its release. She addressed issues of importance throughout this book, like injustice and violence. This book depicts the challenging lives of two sisters facing many hardships. The sisterhood aspect of this book is extremely memorable with the story of two young, female protagonists. The amplification of the need for change and justice throughout the book is very honorable. Many of the events featured in this book are intense and emotional, and they are significant for educating on real-world issues that are still prevalent today. 

Gold Dust Woman: The Biography of Stevie Nicks by Stephen Davis

This biography tells the life experiences of the well-accomplished rock musician, Stevie Nicks. I would highly recommend this book to anyone interested in music-related topics. It is an intriguing book, detailing her personal life, role in Fleetwood Mac, and her career as a successful solo artist. Many interviews from Stevie Nicks are included in this book, and the author does a great job of using these interviews to recall the story of her career. In the book, the author honors her various achievements and relates them to her personal life. A noteworthy aspect of this book was the way the author was able to capture Stevie’s personality throughout the biography. The book is well-organized by including a balance of direct quotes from Stevie Nicks and using valuable interpretations to connect back to her lyrics. 

Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay

In this collection of essays, Roxane Gay addresses many important topics, such as race, gender, and sexuality. She touches on her own personal and insightful experiences as a woman of color. She uses her story to inform her audience about what feminism means today. Bad Feminist strives to allow women of all backgrounds and experiences to be represented throughout her collections of essays. This book is very powerful, and great for anyone interested in political science or gaining a better perspective of the world. Roxane Gay’s memoirs are very vulnerable and touching, sharing experiences other women may be able to relate to. It is important to discuss some of these heavier topics so that everyone can hopefully become more educated with a better understanding of them. This collection of essays challenges the problems of the world around us and does an appreciable job of exploring the different arguments of modern-day feminism. 

Chloe Sinning

Cal Lutheran '27

Hi! My name is Chloe, and I am from Mankato, Minnesota. I am studying Accounting at Cal Lutheran. I am a writer for Her Campus, and I'm also the CFO of Women in Business! My personal interests include reading, listening to music, traveling, going to concerts, and writing about my different interests! I also love going to bookstores, coffee shops, and thrift stores. I love hanging out with my family, friends, and my cats. I am a really big fan of 90's rock! Some of my favorite artists are Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins, Soundgarden, Hole, and Bikini Kill. I am really interested in women's empowerment, inclusivity, mental health awareness, and sustainability.