8 must read books on inspiring women

8 Must-Read Books About Inspiring Women

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Picking just 8 books about inspiring women, was difficult. Especially when thousands of women have fought for education, voting rights, careers and even for the right to breathe freely. We have had courageous women; like goddess Kali in our Indian mythology, warrior queens like Chaand Bibi, healers like Florence Nightingale, entrepreneurs like Bertha Benz and achievers like Mary Kom recently. And yet, I had to choose 8 books in honour of 8th March.

                         8 absolute must-read books about women

So here are the 8 absolute must-read books about women who have launched a thousand ideas in other people's heads. Each idea changed lives. Each idea gave birth to more mind-blowing women:

1) Empress Dowager Cixi: The Concubine Who Launched Modern China
- A New York Notable Book-
Author- Jung Chang
Publisher- Penguin
Book Details- A biography that follows the unbelievable journey of a 16-year-old concubine to a monarch. Cixi is and will always be the most powerful women in the history of China. One, who is credited with the modernisation of the country of dragons. She saw her country through wars and invasions. She is an icon of feminism and the one who put an end to the gruesome custom of foot-binding. She understood the boon of infrastructure, the necessity of weapons and the politics of co-existence with other countries. Read about this awe-inspiring leader, today. 

8 absolute must-read books about women


    2) Becoming:
Author: Michelle Obama
Publisher: Crown Publishing Group 
Book Details- Former First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama is a global icon. But a lot of credit goes to her persona, her intelligence, her warmth than just being married to President Barack Obama. And Becoming is the book that makes you fall in love with her. All over again. This inspiring memoir makes you see the world of an aspiring young girl, an ambitious attorney, a focussed mom and then a content individual. The book is honest and the author witty! Inspires us to do the same.

8 absolute must-read books about women

    3) The Ranee of Jhansi
Author: D.V. Tahmankar
Publisher: Rupa & Company, 
Book Details- A little girl is married to be a queen. Her courage, determination and a fearless spirit made her an iconic warrior queen. One who fought for the freedom of her nation. Manikarnika or the Rani of Jhansi was feared by the Britishers and she fought till her last breath. Read about this courageous woman in this well-written and researched book. 

8 absolute must-read books about women


    4) I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban
Author: Malala Yousafzai and Christina Lamb
Book Details: If there is one face that stands for the right to education- It is Malala's. A young Pakistani girl who refused to give up her love for books. Even when she was threatened by the Taliban that took control of her home town. At fifteen she was shot in the head at point-blank range. At sixteen she won the Nobel Peace Prize and ignited the hunger for education in millions of other girls. Pick this book and fall in love with her courage. 

8 absolute must-read books about women


    5) Straight on Till Morning: The Biography of Beryl Markham
Author: Mary S. Lovell
Publisher: St Martins Pr
Book Details: Many know this fiesty woman as Africa's first female leading racehorse trainer. Many grew up on the legends of her beauty. The privileged though know Beryl Markham as the first person to fly solo from England to America. Read her biography to discover more and more about her. 

8 absolute must-read books about women


    6) Girl Boss
Author: Sophia Amoruso 
Publisher: Penguin Random House
Book Details: The life of Beryl Markham reads like rags to riches story. It is not even one per cent of the story. Read how Sophia Amorus, Founder & CEO of Nasty Girl fought all odds to be the successful woman that she is today. This is no fairytale read. This is real. And every woman has an iota of self-doubt, needs to read this book. Now. 


    7) Leading Ladies: Women Who Inspire India
Author: Sudha Menon
Publisher: Fortytwo Bookz Galaxy
Book Details: This book is an ode to the new-age women who are not afraid to turn their dreams into reality. Are there rules they played to be on the top? Did they get a level playing field? Or do the women even need one? Read about the journey taken by successful Indian Women like Kiran Mazumdar- Shaw, Meher Pudumjee, Mallika Sarabhai, Anu Aga, PT Usha, Shubha Mudgal, Priya Paul and more. 


    8) The Story of My Life, Helen Keller
Author: Helen Killer
Publisher: Random House USA Inc. 
Book Details: A fighter by birth, she lived through a deadly illness that left her permanently deaf and blind. She fought a physical and psychological war and inspired generations thereafter. Read her autobiography to celebrate her graduation from Radcliffe College. And the activist soul she was born with. And of course her honorary degrees including the Presidential Medal of Freedom. 

8 absolute must-read books about women

All these women wrote their own destinations. And that is the first step towards achieving anything in life. So celebrate yourself!

8 absolute must-read books about women


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Comments (22)

Madhu Posted on Mar 09, 2019

I have read three of them, and truly speaking they are all amaizng women to take so much inspiration from....so much to learn from them...Thanks for sharing more options to read.

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Sapna Amit Agarwal Posted on Mar 07, 2019

i have read I am Malala and say it is must read for every woman. A book about woman courage and empowerment. Wil try other books too

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Pallavi Watermarks Posted on Mar 07, 2019

Thanks for sharing such an inspirational list that one must definitely read once in a life time , Becoming is in my bucket list.

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Nisha Posted on Mar 07, 2019

I have read the book by Malala and definitely it was full of inspiration, shock and strength. Such strong ladies can really make a change in the world.

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Purnima Posted on Mar 07, 2019

All the books are so inspiring. I would like to read Becoming by Michelle Obama. I was thinking to read from a long i guess the time has arrived now. Thanks for sharing the list!

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Roshni Parate Posted on Mar 06, 2019

Rani of Jhassi.. is really good book.. I love reading inspiring books.. Definitely gonna read out the books you have mentioned

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Aishwarya R Posted on Mar 06, 2019

I always wait for your book suggestions, and i will surly put these on my list of must read books

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Nisha Posted on Mar 05, 2019

No wonder Ranee Of Jhansi made to the list.. For me she was a lady of steel. She is always inspiring.

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Hema Gayatri Posted on Mar 05, 2019

I am into the books much, but these seem to be a great recommendation for the book lovers. My sister loves book, I am going to share it with her. Thanks for these awesome recommendations.

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Jhilmil D Saha Posted on Mar 05, 2019

I was looking for some inspiring books to read. These are definitely some good recommendations. I am going to place an order soon.

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Shub Posted on Mar 05, 2019

Becoming and Malala are in my hands already and can’t wait to read about these women. Seriously what’s that women can’t do?!

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Snigdha Prusti Posted on Mar 05, 2019

I haven\'t read any of the books mentioned above.. But these looks really motivating and inspiring.. Thanks for sharing the list of books..

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Gurjeet Chhabra Posted on Mar 05, 2019

These book are a really great motivating and inspiring books and I heard a lot about these inspiring women but new read their stories . I will going to read these books now

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Khushboo Posted on Mar 05, 2019

These books looks really good and inspiring to read. I Would surely love to read some of them sometime soon.

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Jhilmil D Saha Posted on Mar 05, 2019

I was looking for some good inspiring books to read, thanks for sharing these. I am going to place an order right now!

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Deepa Posted on Mar 05, 2019

I still have to read many of these books. My reading list includes malala and Michel obama\'s book. Hope to read all your these soon.

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Neha Jella Posted on Mar 05, 2019

It is a very interesting article i love to read books a lot, I think I will definitely try reading the Story of My Life, Helen Keller and I am Malala.

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Varsh Posted on Mar 05, 2019

This is a comprehensive list and has few of the ones I have on my TBR like Michelle Obama and Helen Keller. Very inspiring indeed.

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Mrinal Kiran Posted on Mar 05, 2019

Those are some really amazing books! I have been wanting to get Becoming and I am malala since forever! But now I am adding the book on Cixi in my wishlist too! ❤

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Gunjan (tuggu.n.mommy) Posted on Mar 05, 2019

Feeling so sad that I haven\'t read any of these books. Though Amala\'s book was on my mind. I am going to catch all only. will start from Michele Obama and I am Amala.

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Jhilmil Posted on Mar 05, 2019

I haven\'t read any book except I am Malala from these. They sound really inspiring, I\'m sure to pick up 2-4 of these reads . www.mommyinme.com

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Prerna Sinha Posted on Mar 05, 2019

I\'m not a reader but these books do looks interesting. I always wanted to read thr book - becoming. I\'m definitely going to read these books.

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