When I look at the Page Petal community on Instagram, I see pictures of our bookmarks in Emily Henry's novels, Chanel Miller's powerful memoir, and Colleen Hoover's thrillers. All different genres, all fantastic reads, and all penned by women authors.
In the spirit of celebrating women and pushing for gender parity this Women's History Month, we decided to round up some books that recognize women's achievements. Of course, this is just the smallest of samples of book titles, so please share your favorite books by women in the comments below. We'd love to hear your recommendations.
Wishing you a wonderful Women's History Month from all of us at Page Petal!
7 Books That Celebrate Women's Achievements
1. Why She Wrote
Comic book meets biography collection, Why She Wrote is full of bold illustrations and compelling stories about women writers, including Jane Austen, Alice Dunbar Nelson, and more. I especially love the inspiring quotes from each writer and the list of each author's selected works which will undoubtedly inspire your TBR list.
Buy the book: Why She Wrote.
2. Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls
While this book is often listed as a children's book, I'd say it's for all ages and all people. Packed with 100 stories about the lives of extraordinary women from the past and the present, it's full of inspiration and gorgeous illustrations (all by women artists from all over the world). You'll surely discover new women to admire in these pages.
Buy the book: Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls.
3. She Speaks: The Power of Women's Voices
This book will be a constant source of inspiration. It includes speeches by women throughout time, from Boudica to Greta Thunberg. Each speech is a reminder to not only be brave and bold, but also to use your voice to stand up for what you believe in.
Buy the book: She Speaks: The Power of Women's Voices.
4. Women Who Rock
With 100+ vibrant stories about women trailblazers in the music industry, this gorgeously illustrated book is a must-have for music lovers and feminists. You'll read essays about Taylor Swift, Beyoncé, Carole King, Tina Turner, and so many more. Bonus: the bright pink cover looks fabulous on a coffee table, bookcase, and truly any space IMO. :)
Buy the book: Women Who Rock.
5. She Persisted
This is another children's book that is inspiring for anyone. Written by Chelsea Clinton, She Persisted recognizes thirteen American women who made an impact in the United States through their tenacity, drive, and, of course, persistence.
Buy the book: She Persisted.
6. In the Company of Women
I received this book as a gift from my sister a few years ago and have since gifted a copy to multiple friends. It's packed with encouragement and wise words from creative individuals and entrepreneurs -- from comedians and architects to ceramicists and tattoo artists. Something for everyone!
Buy the book: In the Company of Women.
7. Women in Science
This book is a fun, insightful, and informative celebration of the achievements of women who have paved the way for future (and current) engineers, doctors, astronauts, physicists, and so many more professions. I proudly read it with my niece who will hopefully read it one day with another special person in her life.
Buy the book: Women in Science.