We asked each of them to share their secrets of feeling BOLD. Here are the top 20 books that Girls’ Globe reads to feel inspired, emboldened and ready to take action!
- We Should All Be Feminists, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
What does “feminism” mean today? That’s the question
at the heart of this personal, eloquently-argued essay.
- I Am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced, Nujood Ali
Nujood Ali’s father arranged for her to be married to a man three times her age. This book reminds us that hope is a verb.
- Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte
This innovative and enduring romantic novel continues to engage and provoke readers through one woman’s passionate search for a wider and richer life.
- Daring Greatly, Brené Brown
A powerful new vision that encourages us to embrace vulnerability and imperfection, to live wholeheartedly, and to courageously engage in our lives.
- Daughters of Africa, edited by Margaret Busby
The most inclusive anthology ever attempted of oral and written literature–in every conceivable genre–by women of African descent the world over.
- Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll
A world of make-believe to delight readers young and old, where the height of adventure is limited only by the depths of imagination.
- The Diary of a Young Girl, Anne Frank
Discovered in the attic in which she spent the last years of her life, Anne Frank’s remarkable diary is an eloquent testament to the human spirit.
- Bad Feminist, Roxane Gay
A sharp and funny look at the ways in which the culture we consume becomes who we are, and an inspiring call-to-arms of all the ways we need to do better.
- In a Different Voice, Carol Gilligan
This book started a revolution. Published decades ago, it made women’s voices heard, in their own right, with their own integrity.
- The Start Up of You, Reid Hoffman
I would recommend this book to every young woman (and man) I know. It discusses how we can be the master of our own destiny, which is emboldening.
- Their Eyes Were Watching God, Zora Neale Hurston
First published in 1937 and generally dismissed by reviewers, this novel is now embraced as one of the greatest works of the 20th century.
- This Sex Which is Not One, Luce Irigaray
Irigaray reconsiders the question of female sexuality in light of current discussion of feminist theory and practice.
- When Breath Becomes Air, Paul Kalanithi
A true account of a man dying of cancer reminds us of the fragility of life, how important it is to seize every moment and to hold on to the things that matter.
- On the Road, Jack Kerouac
This classic novel of freedom and longing has inspired every generation since its initial publication.
- Unbowed, Wangari Maathai
Winner of the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize and single mother of three recounts her extraordinary life as a political activist, feminist, and environmentalist in Kenya.
- The Women’s History of the World, Rosalind Miles
Women’s vital part in the shaping of the world has been consistently undervalued or ignored – this book sets the record straight.
- The Blue Sweater, Jacqueline Novogratz
The story of a woman who left a career in international banking to try to understand global poverty and find powerful new ways of tackling it.
- Just Kids, Patti Smith
The legendary American artist’s first book of prose offers an an honest and moving story of youth and friendship.
- The Hobbit, J.R. Tolkien
Recognized as a timeless classic, this much-loved story recounts the adventures of a reluctant hero, a powerful and dangerous ring and a cruel dragon.
- The Book Thief, Markus Zusak
An unforgettable story about the ability of books to feed the soul.
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