International Women’s Day: Top Reads From Inspirational Female Writers

By Alice Duthie
on 2 March 2023

With International Women’s Day fast approaching, we have compiled a collection of must-reads from compelling real-life stories written by a number of inspirational women.

These books, available on Booktopia, include an eye-opening account on the racism faced by the First Nations community by Chelsea Watego, an entertaining trip through the Aussie history of great women from Eliza Reilly and a journey through the ages outlining some of the terrible advice women have had to endure, courtesy of the witty Kaz Cooke. 

“Not only are these books fantastic reads in their own right from some remarkable women, they speak frankly to the diversity of women’s experiences, which can be as wonderful as it is challenging,” said Editor of Booktopia’s book blog, The Booktopian, Olivia Fricot. “It’s tempting to see the abundance of books written by, about, and for women as a relatively new trend, but the desire to share women’s stories has always been there from readers and writers alike. We’re now spoilt for choice and I couldn’t be more thrilled about it.”

These books feature stories and enlightening journeys from a number of inspirational females, tackling a range of topics and issues, both provocative and empowering in equal measure. 

The inspiration that women can hold also goes beyond our real-life world.

Top Book Picks for International Women’s Day

Simple Soulful Sacred by Megan Dalla-Camina; for women seeking to step into their power and live on their own terms. Author Megan Dalla-Camina is a global expert on women’s empowerment and is the founder of the world’s fastest-growing online women’s development program Women Rising. It’s the perfect read for International Women’s Day as women everywhere reflect on what it is to live fully expressed lives with less hustle and more flow. Megan Dalla-Camina’s clarion call is that women are rising; ready to step out of the cloak of masculine traits that keep them striving for a version of success that is not their own. How to embrace and embody feminine power is revealed evocatively in the pages of Simple Soulful Sacred.

Simple Soulful Sacred by Megan Dalla Camina

On Reckoning by Amy Remeikis; a top-trending book from one of Australia’s leading political journalists, offering a searing account which captures inside and outside Parliament during one of the most confronting and uncomfortable conversations in recent memory.

On Reckoning by Amy Remeikis

How We Love by Clementine Ford; a heartfelt and revelatory memoir from the bestselling author and broadcaster, exploring love through Clementine’s own experiences and the transformative journey throughout her life.

Clementine Ford-How We Love

Work.Love.Body by Jamila Rizvi and Helen McCabe; 2020 saw change thrust abruptly on modern Australian women, impacting working lives, relationships and health and wellbeing. Future Women offers answers as to the next steps.

Jamila Rizvi and Helen McCabe-Work.Love.Body

Another Day in the Colony by Chelsea Watego; this book examines the ongoing and daily racism faced by the First Nations community with a strategy for living in a social world and standing against colonialism.

Chelsea Watego-Another Day in the Colony

The Success Experiment by Lillian Ahenkan aka Flex Mami; find out how Lillian conducted her experiment, transforming herself from a uni drop-out stuck in a career paying in burnout, into a highly sought-after media personality.

Lillian Ahenkan aka Flex Mami-The Success Experiment

Sheilas by Eliza Reilly; take an entertaining trip through Australian history, reviving the forgotten stories of the badass Sheilas we were never taught about in school.

Eliza Reilly-Sheilas

You’re Doing It Wrong by Kaz Cooke; take an outrageous tour through the centuries of terrible advice foisted upon women, telling them what they should and shouldn’t be doing, complete with humour, rage, intelligence and wit.

Kaz Cooke-You’re Doing It Wrong

Secrets of Women’s Healthy Ageing by Cassandra Szoeke; explore the findings of a unique study that provides the key ingredients for living a long and healthy life.

Cassandra Szoeke-Secrets of Women’s Healthy Ageing

Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay; the critically-acclaimed writer takes us on a fun journey of her evolution as a woman, including riding through modern day culture and feminism as it is today.

Roxane Gay-Bad Feminist

Power by Kemi Nekvapil; a guide to living life in full and without apology and reclaiming your power, courtesy of one of Australia’s most esteemed personal coaches.

Kemi Nekvapil-Power

Rising Heart by Aminata Conteh-Biger; charting one woman’s breathtaking and heartbreaking journey from unimaginable trauma to becoming a power for good.

Aminata Conteh Biger-Rising Heart

Don’t Be Too Polite, Girls by Wendy McCarthy; gain a deeper insight into a trailblazing personality who has been on the leading edge of feminism for more than 50 years.

Wendy McCarthy-Don’t Be Too Polite, Girls

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