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Women’s History Month: Wonderful Ways to Celebrate

This week’s theme over at ThatArtsyReaderGirl is favorite themes or tropes. Since it was very hard for me to pick one favorite, I decided to look for inspiration elsewhere. I found it in the fact that it is Women’s History Month, and decided to feature

13 Great Reads With Women’s Names as Titles

  1. Amelia Bedelia by Herman Parish. I truly adore Amelia Bedelia!
  2. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy. Sadly, I am yet to read this book that my paternal grandpa recommended I read ages ago. I have two editions of this book, and know I will be reading it soon.
  3. Coraline by Neil Gaiman. A great read by one of my favorite authors!
  4. Emma by Jane Austen. I read Emma ages ago, and love that it inspired one of our family’s favorite movie, Clueless. Maybe time for a reread.
  5. Ella Minnow Pea by Mark Dunn. I mention this book a few times on my TBR list, and finally am devouring it, missing letter by missing letter!!
  6. Heidi by Johanna Spyri. One of my childhood favorites!
  7. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. Another book I read decades ago and maybe time to reread and review here.
  8. Jasmine by Bharati Mukherjee. I think I read this book when I first got it years ago (but I think it was before I started my blog).
  9. Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans. One of the many books I read repeatedly to my kids when they were little; and one that we enjoyed every time.
  10. Mahashweta by Sudha Murthy. A multifaceted story that is at once poignant and powerful
  11. Matilda by Roald Dahl. Repeating what I said for #3 here: A great read by one of my favorite authors!
  12. Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout. A book I recently added to my must-read list, and am on the waitlist for it at my library currently. It sounds like a fascinating read!
  13. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier. Another book read so long ago now that it warrants a reread now.

This list of 13 also goes towards Thursday 13 (another favorite meme I need to participate in more often).

Celebrating Women’s History Month Wordlessly

Balmy Alley Mural: Women of the Resistance (one way to celebrate Women's History Month!)
“Women of the Resistance” by Lucia Ippolito ©2018, assisted by The San Francisco Poster Syndicate – Portraits of real women from all over the world who have been fearless about raising their voices against injustice, and are working tirelessly to help create a better world for all.

Read more about the location of this beautiful mural here.

[For Wordless Wednesday]

5 Ways to Empower Women this Women’s History Month

In addition to reading books by and/or about women, there are so many other things we can do to empower women this month and throughout the year. Here are 5 ways we can help

  • Support women-owned businesses (locally or virtually)
  • Donate to organizations like Girls Who Code or to help women entrepreneurs around the world via Kiva
  • Feature women from any field (artists, musicians, scientists, athletes, or simply women in your life) via any platform (your blog, social media, or simply when you are talking to others too)
  • Watch a movie, TV show, or TED talk; or listen to podcasts by women
  • Simply celebrate the women in your life by spending time with them (moms, sisters, daughters, other family members, and friends)

Related Reads

And Now, the End of This Post

Dear reader, have you read any of the listed titles? Any other similar books that you can recommend for Women’s History Month and beyond? I would love to hear your thoughts and recommendations as always.

13 thoughts on “Women’s History Month: Wonderful Ways to Celebrate

  1. Jane Eyre is where it all started for me. In English Lit class many moons ago. A wonderful book, if not a bit wordy. But it certainly left me wanting to be a writer even more than I already did.

  2. I love this so much! There are so many wonderful women out there who helped shape the world into a better place.

  3. I love that they have a month dedicated to this. This was always one of my favorite months. You have so many wonderful books listed here too.

  4. Empowering women during Women’s History Month is crucial for recognizing their achievements and contributions. By celebrating their successes and highlighting their stories, we can inspire future generations of women to strive for equality and pursue their dreams.

  5. Great list of authors and titles. Amelia Bedelia really takes me back to my childhood and also reading to my kids. It is nice to celebrate Women’s history in a variety of ways.

  6. There’s something so intriguing about books that are brave enough to carry a character’s name as their title, almost like a promise of a deep dive into someone’s life or essence. Coraline and Matilda are personal favorites of mine; they showcase such strong, unique young girls that have inspired countless readers!

  7. I remember reading Amelia Bedelia books growing up. I will have to check her stuff out since I can’t remember what her books were about. Plus, I’ll have to check out some of these other great authors.

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