With the special emphasis placed upon women and the fight for gender equality in today’s society, we couldn’t help but be in search of some great books that promote strong women. We’ve rounded up a list of memoirs, essays, and novels that all speak to the smart, independent woman in all of us. So, pick up one of these books and be inspired by like-minded feminist authors.
1) Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
In this classic novel, Alcott reframes her own early life through the March sisters—Jo, Beth, Meg, and Amy. Each with their own adventurous, independent personalities, the sisters remain unequivocally devoted to one another while enduring New England’s hardships during The Civil War.
2) Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
In this year-long memoir by Elizabeth Gilbert, the author shares her uninterrupted quest for self-discovery. After realizing her well-manicured life wasn’t the one she wanted, Elizabeth quit her job, got a divorce, sold her belongings, and set out to travel the world (Rome, India, and Bali) in search of the one thing we all want an answer to—how to be happy.
3) Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar by Cheryl Strayed
Before her bestselling memoir Wild, author Cheryl Strayed was the anonymous writer behind “Dear Sugar,” an online advice column published by The Rumpus. In this deeply moving, yet humorous, compilation of essays and advice, enjoy Strayed’s column with a whole new appreciation.
4) Sex and the City by Candace Bushnell
Used as the basis for the HBO hit TV series by the same name, author Candace Bushnell’s novel was inspired from her own essays and columns published in the New York Observer. Women everywhere united in a common character—Carrie Bradshaw—as she continued searching for that big, beautiful kind of love in New York City.
5) Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay
In this hilarious, insightful book of personal essays, author Roxane Gay offers her own testimony on the status of feminism in modern society, while also conquering the cultural shift women experience today.