The fight for women’s rights in the office, government, places of worship, and even the household is ongoing. However, our gender is luckier today than we have been in the past, and we have to thank some pretty powerhouse ladies from around the globe for paving way.
Before Hillary Clinton came along, there were three (three!) women who attempted to climb the barriers blocking the female gender from attaining the Oval Office. In her book, released in February, Fitzpatrick explores the trials and travails these women endured.
Yousafzai became an international voice for female educational rights when the Taliban began attacking girls’ schools in Pakistan. After refusing to remain silent, despite numerous death threats, Yousafzai was shot in the head by a member of the terrorist group. Miraculously, she survived and went on to become the youngest person to win the Nobel Peace Prize.
Ginsburg has spent her life in the law fighting for women’s rights. After becoming the second female justice on the U.S. Supreme Court, she is a respected figure today in the eyes of many young American females for her pro-abortion-rights stance.
In this work by Facebook’s COO, Sandberg discusses why women today are not achieving the positions of power they should – and what we can do to fix that. By providing insight into the world of business, as well as emphasizing the importance of personal female growth, Sandberg is “destined to change the conversation from what women can’t do to what they can.”
Science is notorious for being a “boys club,” but Swaby takes a swing at that stereotype and hits it out of the park with profiles of 52 of science’s most important female leaders. Spanning time and borders, we get an insider’s view on some of technology’s greatest female changemakers.
This collection of essays by Nigerian author Adichie seeks to redefine feminism for the 21st century. By providing us with her own experiences, we learn what it is Adichie means by “being a woman today” and how to unmask the realities of sexism in everyday life.
After returning to Burma to care for her ailing mother, Suu Kyi became a crucial figure in Burmese politics as the leader of the National League of Democracy. Despite being under house arrest from 1989 to 2010, Suu Kyi continued to fight for the rights of her people, as well as their political freedom. Following her release in 2010, Suu Kyi has remained an integral figure in human rights leadership.
In this harrowing personal account, Park describes the conditions she endured in North Korea, and the equally horrific treatment she and her mother lived through following her escape to China. Today, Park is a human rights activist living in Seoul, South Korea, dedicated to helping stop the oppression that exists in North Korea.
Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice grew up during the tension of the civil rights era and went on to become one of the most brilliant academic and political minds of our time. In her memoir, she illustrates how she hurdled obstacles of gender and race with grace in order to serve her country.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
A graduate student at Emerson College, Alexandra Gandolfo is equal parts literature, black coffee and bagels. Follow her on Twitter @ally_cat_g.
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