5 Powerful Books About Women Written By Women That Every Woman Must Read
“Feminism isn’t about making women strong. Women are already strong. It’s about changing the way the world perceives that strength.” – G.D. Anderson
Women have been talked about in various books as wives, mothers, leaders, lovers, strategists, and even villains. While certain texts might have been uninspiring, we’ve come across books that are real game-changers with portraying women. So many times, we’ve read about a woman character ‘saving the day’, like had it not been for Hermione, Harry would have died in the first book itself. Had Katniss not replaced her sister, the entire nation of Panem wouldn’t have rebelled against the cruel dictatorship of President Snow.
But what’s more empowering to know than the fact that such books exist, is the fact that there are thousands of such books written about women by renowned women writers. And what’s more? They are relevant even in today’s world. And it’s these books that will encourage women to fight off the wrong that happens, and to accept that they are more than just a mother, sister, or a wife.
Here is the list of 5 powerful books about women, written by women that every woman must read:
1. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
It’s the story of a woman assigned to a family as a handmaid, whose role also includes having forced sex with the man of the family while his wife looks on. The story revolves around such women and how their ovaries’ vitality is what assures their existence. A very powerful read!
2. The Help by Kathryn Stockett
The story of two black women working as maids, living in 1960s America when racial discrimination was prevalent, this book is a witty and humorous tale of these women taking up a covert project to break the lines defining their times.
3. The Women’s Room by Marilyn French
A story about the lives of a group of women whose lives are being affected by the ongoing women’s movement. This book is about questioning the existing norms that have been blindly accepted by the society.
4. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Set in the time of Civil War, this is the story of four sisters and their fight to survive through poverty and their father’s absence. Witty, humorous and heartwarming, this book is a must-read for every young woman!
5. The Awakening by Kate Chopin
The book, first published in 1899, talks about female marital infidelity at a time when it was a controversial topic. It’s the story of a woman stuck in a stifling marriage who finds solace and passionate love with another man. It’s honest, and captures the psychology of a woman in an illicit relationship rather interestingly.