Today is International Women’s Day (IWD). The UN adopted this internationally celebrated day in the late 20th century, but did you know that the historic roots of IWD can be found in Russia dating back to 1917? On March 8, 1917, a demonstration of women textile workers covered Petrograd, the capital of Russia. Eight years before that, however, on February 28, 1909, the first “National Women’s Day” observance was held to honour garment workers in New York.
In 1977 the UN “adopted a resolution proclaiming a United Nations Day for Women’s Rights and International Peace to be observed on any day of the year by Member States, in accordance with their historical and national traditions” (UN Women Watch).
Today, IWD means many different things for people all over the world. Each year has a new theme. The 2017 theme is #BeBoldForChange.
Throughout the history of literature, women have not only been bold and gone against the grain to write great books, but they have also written books about other bold women.
To honour IWD 2017 #BeBoldForChange, Alpha Textbooks is featuring books for the month that we think represent bold women writers and stories.
Our list includes (in no particular order):
I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban, by Malala Yousafzai
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, by Maya Angelou
The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood
Diary of a Young Girl, by Anne Frank (aka Diary of Anne Frank)
Hannah’s Suitcase, by Karen Levine
What We All Long For, by Dionne Brand
Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen
To the Lighthouse, by Virginia Woolf
What other great books written by women about bold women would you add to this list? Why?