International Women's Day 2021
International Women's Day is a global recognition of women’s achievements, with the aim of championing a better, fairer society for all. This year, the campaign focuses on the acts that challenge inequality, call out bias, question stereotypes and help to build a more inclusive world – supported with the message #ChooseToChallenge. From incisive non-fiction to powerful stories for all ages, these are the books that will help to create a gender equal world.
Energising words from a successful and inspirational activist, Make It Happen is a vitally important handbook that provides pointers on how anybody can make a difference in ongoing battle against inequality and prejudice.
The Voices of Change
#ChooseToChallenge with our best books on feminist politics and activism
Highlighting numerous fighters for female freedom, the former New Statesman scribe presents a page-turning history of feminism, neatly structured into eleven overarching themes.
An exciting selection of books on feminist thought
Powerful fiction and poetry from our favourite female authors
The Female Past
History explored through a female focus
A fascinating collection of writings from one of America’s most influential women, My Own Words is a testament to the breadth of insight and sense of humour of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
Our best biographies and memoirs of fascinating women
Words That Empower
Young Adult books celebrating strong, independent women
Inspiring Future Changemakers
Fantastic female icons for younger readers
In Her Words
International Women's Day on the Waterstones Blog
The editors of Feminist Book Society's This Is How We Come Back Stronger discuss the impetus behind their debut anthology.
Saima Mir, author of the enthralling crime thriller The Khan, selects books old and new that feature great female South Asian characters.
Emma Stonex on the integral roles of the lighthouse keepers' wives in her astounding debut novel The Lamplighters.
Taken from the new anthology of romance fiction by women of colour, Who's Loving You, we present an extract from Sara Collins's Brief Encounters.
Helen Lewis, author of the hugely entertaining and informative history of feminism, Difficult Women, discusses her feminist heroes.
Francesca Wade's absorbing new book recounts the astonishing glut of female literary talent centred upon one square in Bloomsbury, as we discover in this exclusive essay.
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