21 Must-Reads in Honor of International Women’s Day

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It’s more important than ever that we teach little boys and girls about how freaking awesome women can be! From the female animators of Disney to incredibly talented rocket scientists, there are a whole plethora of ladies just waiting to be introduced to our kids.

In honor of International Women’s Day, we’ve rounded up our favorite must-reads featuring women who inspire us.

1. Ink & Paint: The Women of Walt Disney’s Animation by Mindy Johnson

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Use this chance to celebrate the over 250 female artists and technicians who defined the Walt Disney Studio’s legendary Ink & Paint Department. Flipping through these glossy pages of never-before-seen artwork with your child, you will both begin to appreciate the handmade detail that’s preserved for generations to come.
Available for pre-order on Amazon, $29.94

2. Heroes of Power: The Women of Marvel by Marvel Comics

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Ka-pow! This bedtime, make sure you stand up to those monsters under the bed with tales of these super heroines. From Spider Woman to Squirrel Girl, you’ll be left marveling at this collection of fantastic female fighters.
Available for pre-order on Amazon, $17.53

3. Secrets of Powerful Women: Leading Change for a New Generation by Andrea Wong and Rosario Dawson

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Come along for the journey as 16 teenage girls get the privilege of meeting some of the most powerful women in America. Unlock their secrets to success in this collection of inspiring true stories. Then share in the braveries of these women with your child this month, and make the time to take stock in the dreams and future aspirations they have for their own lives.
Available now on Amazon, $0.99

4. Black Women’s Lives: Stories of Power and Pain by Kristal Brent Zook

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These portraits hone in on the lives of black women, often revealing the inequalities that they still face. Stress to your child the importance of overcoming their individual obstacles in life, as well as striving for equality for all.
Available now on Amazon, $13.93

5. Women Have All The Power … Too Bad They Don’t Know It by Michael J. Lockwood

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Dads, this book has your name written all over it. Teach your daughter, and son, how powerful women truly are. These books are most impressionable for young minds, as they shape future beliefs.
Available now on Amazon, $12.11

6. Wonder Women: 25 Innovators, Inventors, and Trailblazers Who Changed History by Sam Maggs

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Who knows Mary Sherman Morgan? What about Alice Ball? The rocket scientist and chemist are just a few of the brainy women who broke barriers and made impactful contributions to our world. Sit down together to brush up on your history of the women who helped build our future.
Available now on Amazon, $9.38

7. Ad Women: How They Impact What We Need, Want, and Buy by Juliann Sivulka

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Fan of Mad Men? Then you’ll absolutely delight in this book as you and your child dive into the world of marketing and advertising in the beginning of the 20th century. You’ll also see how advertising played into the time’s more controversial issues — from the women’s movement to consumer activism.
Available now on Amazon, $26.99

8. Unaccompanied Women: Late-Life Adventures in Love, Sex, and Real Estate by Jane Juska

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Who says you need a man? Not us! Jane Juska has enjoyed a blossoming literary career while remaining “unaccompanied.” While she has kept her eyes out for companionship, it’s on her own terms.
Available now on Amazon, $13.95

9. Difficult Women by Roxane Gay

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These varying stories offer a look into the lives of women in modern America. Whether living in a wealthy suburb where neighbors compete with each other, or moving to leave a muddied past behind, one thing is for sure — this essay collection is unified by themes of passion and emotional blackmail.
Available now on Amazon, $16.51

10. The Book for Dangerous Women: A Guide to Modern Life by Clare Conville

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There’s a new girl’s guide in town. From how to accept compliments to the importance of owning a fabulous dress, this encyclopedic volume of practical wisdom is imparted by three women who’ve totally been there. So let down your hair, and get ready to laugh and learn.
Available now on Amazon, $1.05

11. Life and Death in Shanghai by Nien Cheng

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Nien Cheng documents her six years as a political prisoner in this harrowing and inspirational tale. Communist China’s Cultural Revolution was a time that tested the people’s endurance. After this read, you will be amazed by Cheng’s sheer willpower and the resilience of the human spirit.
Available now on Amazon, $10.97

12. Adventurous Women: Eight True Stories About Women Who Made a Difference by Penny Colman

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This book accounts the adventures of eight courageous women in the 20th century who showed extraordinary courage in the pursuit of their dreams.
Available now on Amazon, $13.03

13. The Vatican’s Women: Female Influence at the Holy See by Paul Hofmann

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Women held immense power in the Vatican over the years. Mother Teresa and St. Catherine of Siena are just a few. Explore the lives of the hundreds of women who live and work in this sovereign state. You and your child will be able to share in dialogue regarding feminism and theology.
Available now on Amazon, $2

14. Love Letters of Great Women by Ursula Doyle

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This book serves as a timeless collection of women’s most romantic letters, including the private words of Jane Austen and Emily Dickinson.
Available now on Amazon, $1.97

15. Mad Women: The Other Side of Life on Madison Avenue in the ’60s and Beyond by Jane Maas

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Jane Maas recalls her own experiences of working as an ad woman in this tell-all. Finally, we’ll be able to know if those three-martini lunches really happened! You’re guaranteed to get an inside look of what a working gal’s life was like decades ago.
Available now on Amazon, $16.99

16. Rad Women Worldwide by Kate Schatz

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Introduce yourself to the engaging tales of women across 31 countries — from the great pharaoh Hatshepsut who ruled for two decades to Malala Yousafzai, the youngest person to win the Nobel Peace Prize. This page-turning book demonstrates just how limitless women are.
Available now on Amazon, $11.12

17. In Such Good Company by Carol Burnett

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Actress Carol Burnett gives us a behind-the-scenes look at The Carol Burnett Show, which took home 25 Emmy Awards! Sharing stories of guests and the improvisations that put her on the map, every chapter will have you reliving one of your favorite episodes (and introducing your child to an iconic cast).
Available now on Amazon, $11.25

18. Lab Girl by Hope Jahren

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Plant life is taken to a whole new level as Geobiologist Hope Jahren dives into her science sanctuary – her lab. You and your child will follow along with her work “with both the heart and the hands.”
Available now on Amazon, $8.80

19. The Girls Who Went Away by Ann Fessler

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This book touches on a time before Roe v. Wade, when mothers opted for adoption due to outside pressures. Ann Fessler shares the journey of finding her own birth mother, and the stories of other women who were faced with such difficult decisions of the time.
Available now on Amazon, $13.58

20. Shoot Like a Girl by Mary Jennings Hegar

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Share this heroic story of “MJ” Hegar with your child — the Air National Guard major who not only served our country but also fought to give other women in the military their due credit. There are so many lessons in this inspiring tale, that it’ll be impossible to finish your read without feeling changed.
Available for pre-order on Amazon, $15.41

21. I’ll Drink to That by Betty Halbreich

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Betty Halbreich opens up about what it was like to work as a personal shopper at Bergdorf Goodman for nearly 40 years — for socialites, stars, and the richest of the rich. Don’t miss the chance to give your bookshelf a makeover with this narrative.
Available now on Amazon, $6.63

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