The Future is Female

Posted on: March 8, 2019

International Women’s Day is a day to honour and celebrate the cultural, social, economic and political achievements of women.  The theme for this year is “Balance for Better”.  This initiative is aimed at gender equality, a greater awareness of discrimination and a celebration of women’s achievements.  There is no doubt that we have come a long way but there is much more to be achieved for a gender-balanced world.  There are many women whose achievements should be celebrated and who serve as inspiration for many.  Check out these memoirs & biographies of some inspirational women who break down barriers, strive for change and are impacting the world today.

Becoming by Michelle Obama 

Without doubt this is the first on my list.  Michelle Obama has had lived an incredible life so far and has emerged as one of the most iconic and compelling women of the era.  In her memoir she talks about her childhood, her career as an executive, motherhood and her life as the First Lady of the United States of America.  Her mesmerizing  storytelling with a wicked sense of humour shines throughout the pages.  In a work of deep reflection, she lifts the curtain and tells you what it really felt like to be the first African-American First Family living in the most famous house in the entire world.

I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai

At 16, the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize needs no introduction.  An advocate for girls’ education was shot by a member of the Taliban while riding the bus home from school.  She refused to let this silence her and after a miraculous recovery she continued her fight for an education, taking her from northern Pakistan to the halls of the United Nations in New York.  I AM MALALA is the remarkable story of a family uprooted by global terrorism and the fight for girls’ education.

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me by Mindy Kaling

Is the icon every strong and independent woman needs.  In her first book, she speaks about growing up, making friends, romance, Hollywood and how being yourself in your career and staying true to who you are can take you far.  She embraces her multiple talents as an actress, writer, scriptwriter, producer and comedian.  She breaks stereotypes and embraces her heritage while keeping a great sense of humour.  She is someone we should all be taking life lessons from. This book will make you laugh as Mindy gives you a tour of her life.  Check out her second book  “Why Not Me?” as she shares her ongoing journey to find contentment and excitement in her adult life.

Meghan: A Hollywood Princess by Andrew Morton

Meghan Markle, has won hearts over the world as the Duchess of Sussex.  With her big break in the hit TV show “Suits”, whirlwind romance with Prince Harry, royal wedding and becoming the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle grabbed headlines.  But before all this , she was already making waves at a young age.  At the age of 11 years, she found offence to a Procter & Gamble commercial for dish soap as it was a misrepresentation of women.  She put paper to pen and wrote a letter to the First Lady, the media and to an attorney.  In response, the commercial was changed and an eleven year old had created a small level of impact by standing up for equality.  This biography is not yet released but you can pre-order your copy at Coles.

For more inspiration stop by Coles and read about other amazing women who have contributed to changing society.