Required Reading: International Women’s Day

Happy International Women’s Day, Savvy Readers! We’re celebrating all things female today and to go along with that theme, we’ve created a list of required reading that EVERYONE should pick up. The list we’ve curated includes inspiring female authors, important female activists and topics that affect every modern woman. ALSO, these reads could get you a new #50BookPledge badge on your profile. Read on to find out more!


Educated by Tara Westover

This is the memoir everyone is talking about! Tara Westover was born to survivalists in rural Idaho. Instead of going to school, she worked in her father’s junkyard and helped her parents prepare for the impending apocalypse. But Westover always wanted to explore the world outside of her family’s house, so she studied on her own to gain entrance to a university. At the age of 17, she left home and attended school for the first time! She now boasts a PhD from Cambridge and was a visiting fellow at Harvard. Talk about an inspiring woman!

this will be my undoing

This Will Be My Undoing by Morgan Jerkins

The subtitle for the book says it all: “Living at the intersection of black, female, and feminist in (white) America.” Morgan Jerkins‘ book is a no-holds-barred account of what it means to be a black women in not just America, but in the current climate of the modern feminist movement. Fearlessly tackling some very tough subjects, this book is an important read for ALL women.


Brave by Rose McGowan

Rose McGowan‘s New York Times bestselling book is an especially important and timely book. As one of the women who came out accusing film producer Harvey Weinstein of sexual misconduct, McGowan is an activist for women everywhere. Her book explores her journey of rebelling against the blatant sexism and wrongdoing that occurs behind the scenes of some of our favourite blockbuster hits.

We're going to need more wine

We’re Going to Need More Wine by Gabrielle Union

This book is way more than just a celebrity memoir. It contains a collection of essays that focuses on topics ranging from race, beauty standards, sexuality, and everything else it means to be a modern day woman. While the stories follow her own path of self-discovery, they provide thought provoking wisdom on topics that all women can relate to.

Worry-Free Money

Worry-Free Money by Shannon Lee Simmons

Who runs the personal finance world? Shannon Lee Simmons! Simmons is the one who understand the new—and very real—pressure to survive modern life and keep up in the age of social media. Not only has she just written this bestselling book, Worry-Free Money, but she’s also a certified financial planner, a chartered investment planner, a life coach, a speaker and founder of the award-winning New School of Finance… Shall I go on?

together we rise

Together We Rise by The Women’s March Organizers and Conde Nast

In celebration of the one-year anniversary of the Women’s March—which took place the day after Donald Trump’s inauguration—Together We Rise offers an unprecedented, front-row seat to one of the most galvanizing movements in history. It includes exclusive interviews with Women’s March organizers, never-before-seen photographs, and essays by feminist activists including America Ferrera, Ashley Judd, Roxane Gay, and more.

that's what she said

That’s What She Said by Joanne Lipman

Women don’t have to change. Men do. That’s What She Said offers solutions to help professionals solve gender gap issues and achieve parity at work.  Veteran media executive Joanne Lipman raises intriguing questions to find workable solutions that everyone can employ to make work more equitable for all professionals. Basically, That’s What She Said is a badass book about success and offers a roadmap for getting there.

visionary women

Visionary Women by Andrea Barnet

While author Andrea Barnet is an inspiring career women in and of herself (she is a Lamdba Literary Awards finalist and prominent journalist), it is the inspiring subjects of her book that take center stage. Barnet‘s book explores the lives of four very influential women: Jane Jacobs, Rachel Carson, Jane Goodall and Alice Waters. If you aren’t familiar with these names, now you have no excuse.

bad feminist

Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay

From Roxane Gay comes this collection of essays spanning politics, criticism, and feminism from one of the most-watched young cultural observers of her generation. Bad Feminist is a sharp, funny, and spot-on 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 still need to do better.

Don't Call me Princesss

Don’t Call Me Princess by Peggy Orenstein

And finally, New York Times bestselling author Peggy Orenstein brings us the fantastically named Don’t Call Me Princess. Orenstein‘s collection of essays explores a wide array of taboo topics that are extremely relevant to modern women: motherhood, abortion, sexual pleasure, fertility, career. The text is a crucial evaluation of how far women have come, and how far we still have to do.

That 50 Book Pledge badge we mentioned? Yep, it’s real! When you add ANY of the above books to your 50 Book Pledge “Read” shelf, you’ll earn this shiny new badge! So… Get on with it!


What books are you reading to celebrate International Women’s Day? Let us know in the comments or on Twitter @SavvyReader.

Happy reading!


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