Inspirational Books for Women

Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela

“Mandela’s story is an inspiration for anyone who cares about social justice and political change. His autobiography has been a huge influence on me in my work as an activist and founder of Girls Who Code. Mandela reminds us to fight for our values and what we know is right.”

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

“Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale is the most plausible feminist dystopia ever. From that moment when the heroine’s ATM card no longer works because women’s bank accounts have been frozen, to her struggles to escape from slavery as a breeder, this smart and page-turning novel reminds us to never let ourselves be defined by our ovaries.”

The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down by Anne Fadiman

“Ostensibly a book about a Hmong immigrant child in Fresno, California who has epilepsy, The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down is also a tale of culture clash, spiritual beliefs, and what it means to be “well.”  It is by turns uplifting and heartbreaking, and changed—literally forever—the way I think about parenthood, medicine, immigrants, and love.”

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

“It’s brutal and beautiful in a way that only the great Dr. Maya Angelou can weave together words. Every woman should read this book, not because you can relate to the exact details, but you may certainly relate to wanting your voice heard even when other people and difficult circumstances try to silence you.”

Where’d You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple

“It’s a page-turner that is hugely entertaining, funny, and emotional. A perfect book to share with a teenage daughter, Where’d You Go Bernadette explores with compassion and humour how easy it is to lose yourself while trying to balance parenthood, marriage, work and creativity.”