Books You Need To Invest In

We’re sharing books that we think you should invest in this month. These are books written by and/or about women. They range from sharing personal experiences to learning about historical women and events.

As part of our #YesSheCan mission to empower, engage and inspire women, we want to give you the recommendations and tools to do exactly that.
Education is a big part of that mission and something that everyone should be doing to accelerate and raise the profile of equity, diversity and inclusion in our lives.

Our book recommendations

As part of our celebration and campaign for IWD and Women’s History Month, we shared a reel showcasing four of our book recommendations. You can like and share it from our Instagram post or watch it below:

Wise Gals by Nathalia Holt

The story starts in November 1953 and follows the women who were part of forming and building the CIA.
Eloise Page along with 22 of her colleagues uncovered some truths within their Committee on Professional Women.
The group of women wanted to highlight and reveal the inherent sexism within the organisation. Reflecting on their own experiences, they knew they weren’t getting the same recognition or pay as men in the same roles.
It’s great to be able to read a collection of stories from women who forged the way to create positive change within the biggest agencies in the USA.
You can buy it here.

Invisible Women: Exposing Data Bias in a World Designed for Men by Caroline Criado Perez

This is a must-read to learn about how the world and society are shaped around men – even in the 21st century.
Caroline shows us an extensive collection of data showcasing the gender data gap and uncovering the invisible bias against women in every crevice of our lives.
From seatbelts, the size of phones, medical care and urban planning, the odds are stacked against women being able to live safely and comfortably.
An interesting and one-of-a-kind book filled with research, case studies and stories that we should all know about.
You can buy it here.

Brown Girl Like Me by Jaspreet Kaur

This book is a collection of stories from Jaspreet Kaur.
Her stories focus on the topics of mental health, race, education, cultural appropriation, menstruation, parenthood, sisterhood, love and relationships.
Named as the ‘first books in a generation to speak directly to the experiences of South Asian women in Britain’, Jaspreet’s stories are candid, real and so important, especially for women.
You can buy it here.

See Me Rolling by Lottie Jackson

Lottie is on a mission to re-teach you everything you know about disability in her book.
From redefining the very word, challenging how we feel and view our outward appearance and the ‘other career glass ceiling’ for those with disabilities.
In particular, this paragraph is a brilliant response to how non-disabled peers and colleagues react when individuals are given reasonable adjustments and why this needs to change.
You can buy it here.

The Mixed-Race Experience by Naomi Evans and Natalie Evans

From the creators behind the Instagram account Everyday Racism, Naomi and Natalie Evans talk about their life experiences in their book. If you’re a bookworm, then you will want this in your bookcase.
In this book, Naomi and Natalie explore their experience growing up with interviews from people from mixed backgrounds, comprehensive research and advice for others for individuals and mixed families.
You can buy it here.

Not Quite White by Laila Woozeer

Looking back at defining moments and experiences from childhood to adulthood and talking to family, Laila talks about how they have shaped their identity throughout their life.
Brilliantly in the way Laila has written their memoir, you feel like you’re sat next to Laila in each step of the chapter learning about who they are, how they grew through each difficult and happy experience and laughing and crying with them.
You can buy it here.
Read these books and let them sink in. Reflect on how this may differ from your experiences and privileges.
Learning about others and gaining the skill to feel empathy is the key to creating positive change for equality for all in the future.
You can buy these books using the places we’ve linked or borrow them from your local library!
Even if you identify as a woman, intersectionality is key to understanding that we need to support each other to achieve true equity.

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