I think I’ve really grown as a feminist over the last year. I have been inspired by the lives of some truly remarkable women – I’ve learned about female historical figures who have long been overlooked, watched in awe as women in their thousands have marched for what they believe in and realised that we don’t have to accept what society thinks is correct the way for women to behave. This is thanks, in large part, to Abrams + Chronicle, who have supplied me with review copies of books which I may otherwise not have noticed. And today, for International Women’s Day, they’ve sent me a few extra copies. If you need a healthy dose of girl power and want to expand your reading range, I’ve got you covered.
Why I March is a photographic overview of the five million women who marched across 82 countries last year. It’s a welcome reminder of just how far we’ve come over the last hundred years, with women more engaged in politics than ever before.
Act Now contains 50 postcards featuring illustrated protest signs and photography from the aforementioned marches. You can pop one in the post to your elected official or send one to a friend to inspire and encourage activism. The box itself is functional too, advising you on how to write to your MP to initiate change.
Bygone Badass Broads, released just last week, is based on writer Mackenzi Lee’s popular Twitter series of the same name. The book features 52 truly badass women throughout history, including soldiers, writers, activists and athletes who you probably haven’t heard of before. It’s like Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls for grown-ups.
A Glorious Freedom was one of my favourite books of last year. It’s a stunning collection of profiles, interviews and essays by older women who know what it’s like to grow old gracefully, graciously and to stick their middle finger up to society’s norms and stereotypes while they’re at it.
Beautifully curated by artist Lisa Congdon, it’s a book which deserves to be savoured, featuring many inspiring stories, including women who found their passion late in life, embracing being single in your forties, going au natural and even a woman who became the highest ranked female judo master in the world at 98! If this is what it means to grow older, to feel confident, empowered and give less fucks, then bring it on.
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