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Women's History Month Book List

March is Women’s History Month - a month to remember and celebrate women who have transformed history and inspired others to transform their world. It's also a time to take action, educate yourself, use your voice and commit to using your own #PowerToChange!

Get started by delving into books by female authors, past and present. Feed your mind and get inspired by authors whose powerful words and stories will inspire you to use your #PowerToChange

How many of these will you add to your reading list?

1) Unbowed by Wangari Maathai

From her education to the environmental cause that has become an enduring part of her legacy, this memoir allows you to follow Wangari’s journey to becoming the first African woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize.

2) Make it Happen: How to be an Activist by Amika George

Activist and founder of the #FreePeriods campaign, read Amika George's first book, Make it Happen - a powerful reminder that all people at any age can bring about the change they want to see. 

3) Rage Becomes Her by Soraya Chemaly

An energising read that not only justifies women's anger, but paints women's rage as a catalyst for change. 

4) Between Two Worlds: Escape from Tyranny: Growing Up in the Shadow of Saddam by Zainab Salbi

Zainab Salbi, founder of Women for Women International, was eleven years old when her father was chosen to be Saddam Hussein's personal pilot. In her deeply personal memoir, Salbi describes tyranny as she saw it - through her eyes as a child and all the way to adulthood. 

5) Daughters of Smoke and Fire by Ava Homa

The first novel written and published in English by a Kurdish woman, Daughters of Smoke and Fire follows a Kurdish family living in Iran while weaving in the history of oppression and genocide that Kurdish people have endured. 

6) Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

This historical fiction tells the story of the Biafran War from the perspective of four people from different backgrounds - a British immigrant, a university professor, a house servant and the daughter of a wealthy Igbo chief. 

7) Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

This is a story of two sisters with very different destinies - one sold into slavery and the other, a slave trader's wife. Gyasi tells the story of their family, across three continents and seven generations, from the Gold Coast of Ghana to plantations in Mississippi and dive bars in Harlem.

8) The War on Women by Sue Lloyd-Roberts

In her 40-year-long career as a journalist, Sue Lloyd-Roberts met women who have experienced some of the worst forms of violence and human rights abuses. From Ireland to Argentina, India, The Gambia and many more, Lloyd-Roberts speaks to these survivors - to the bravest of women using their power to fight back. 

9) We Are All Birds of Uganda by Hafsa Zayyan

Moving between 1960s Uganda and present-day London, this novel explores racial tensions, generational divides and what it means to belong.

10) It's Not About the Burqa edited by Mariam Khan

A collection of essays by Muslim women on the hijab and wavering faith, about love and divorce, feminism, queer identity, sex, and the threats of a disapproving community and a racist country. 

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Every day, in the face of inequality and conflict, women in our programme rise up and transform their lives.

They have the #PowerToChange, and so do you!

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