International Women's Day 2014

10:16 PM

It's International Women's Day! Today's a day to inspire change and to fight against discrimination among women. I love this event, because it's the day to celebrate being a woman, and I hope that one day equality will finally become a reality in this world.

Since it's International Women's Day, why not read books about female empowerment? :) I've compiled some of my favorite books with feminism and strong female characters, of different genres ranging from YA to middle grade to classics! :D

“I am not pretty. I am not beautiful. I am as radiant as the sun.” 

“There is a stubbornness about me that never can bear to be frightened at the will of others. My courage always rises at every attempt to intimidate me.” 

“I want to do something splendid...something heroic or wonderful that won't be forgotten after I'm dead. I don't know what, but I'm on the watch for it and mean to astonish you all someday.” 

“I guess I should have reacted the way most of the other girls were, but I couldn't get myself to react. I felt very still and very empty, the way the eye of a tornado must feel, moving dully along in the middle of the surrounding hullabaloo.” 

“So Matilda’s strong young mind continued to grow, nurtured by the voices of all those authors who had sent their books out into the world like ships on the sea. These books gave Matilda a hopeful and comforting message: You are not alone.” 

“It is better to be alone, she figures, than to be with someone who can't see who you are. It is better to lead than to follow. It is better to speak up than stay silent. It is better to open doors than to shut them on people.
She will not be simple and sweet. She will not be what people tell her to be. That Bunny Rabbit is dead.” 

“It didn't matter in the end how old they had been, or that they were girls, but only that we had loved them, and that they hadn't heard us calling, still do not hear us, up here in the tree house with our thinning hair and soft bellies, calling them out of those rooms where they went to be alone for all time, alone in suicide, which is deeper than death, and where we will never find the pieces to put them back together. ” 

“The process begins with the individual woman’s acceptance that American women, without exception, are socialized to be racist, classist and sexist, in varying degrees, and that labeling ourselves feminists does not change the fact that we must consciously work to rid ourselves of the legacy of negative socialization.” 

“My father is a liar and so am I.But I’m going to stop. I have to stop.I will tell you my story and I will tell it straight. No lies, no omissions.That’s my promise.This time I truly mean it.” 

“There is no magic cure, no making it all go away forever. There are only small steps upward; an easier day, an unexpected laugh, a mirror that doesn't matter anymore.” 

“She dropped her shyness like a nightgown, and in the liquid glare of sunlight on old boards she held up her hands-as if, in the terror of the upcoming skirmish, she had at last understood that she was beautiful. In her own way.” 

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  1. I LOVE this post! Women's Day kind of passed me by this year because I've been sick, but it made me so happy to see such a creative celebration - and there are a few books on here that I haven't read yet that I've added to my list! Thanks for sharing such inspiring passages. You guys rock.

    1. Aw, thank you! I'm so glad you feel better now! <3 Thanks for stopping by! Women's Day should be everyday!

  2. This post is made of awesome. There are a bunch of my favorites on here (THG, P&P, Disreputable History) and a few I still have to read (The Virgin Suicides, Ain't I A Woman, Liar).

    Happy (belated) Women's Day!

    1. Happy Women's Day to you too! thanks for stopping by Sara! :)

  3. Yay, to International Women's Day!! I love your post!! I made an International Women's Day post on my blog a couple of years ago, but forgot to do so again this year... Instead, I organized an International Women's Day Book Exchange with women around the world through, which was really successful!!

    Thank you Kimi for commenting on blog earlier!! :-) I'll follow your blog. :-)

    1. Wow that's so amazing! I'd love to participate in that book exchange! Thank you for stopping by and for following! :)

  4. AWESOME post, Kimi!! You chose some great representatives of "female power" :) And I just <3 that Little Women quote!


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