International Women's Day 2023
International Women's Day on 8 March 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 equity – recognising that each person has different circumstances and creating the opportunities needed to reach an equal outcome – supported by the message #EmbraceEquity. From incisive non-fiction to powerful stories for all ages, we have put together a selection of recommended reading – brilliant books that will help to create a more equal and equitable world.
Creating a Level Playing Field
Powerful reading to help us #EmbraceEquity
Coming Soon from Female Authors We Love
Unmissable fiction and non-fiction on the horizon
From the acclaimed author of Inferior and Superior comes a rigorously researched and intelligent history of the concept of patriarchy and how different systems became embedded across the globe in ancient times.
Thinking and Acting for Change
Our best books on feminist theory, politics and activism
Our best biographies and memoirs of fascinating women
A warm and valuable toolkit for nurturing female friendships, To My Sisters is an inspiring celebration of the power of women and sisterhood from the hosts of the eponymous hit podcast.
The Female Past
History explored with a female focus
Compelling fiction and poetry from our favourite female authors
Gathering together all of Zing Tsjeng's Forgotten Women series into one beautifully produced hardback volume, this blazing tribute to female power ranges from pirate queen Grace O'Malley to Mexican-American botanist Ynes Mexia.
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 bestselling author reflects on the question why women sometimes support the patriarchal system.
The author of The Marriage Question discusses the challenges the Victorian novelist faced due to her unconventional relationship.
The author of our Non-Fiction Book for March discusses her journey following the life of a female country doctor in 21st century.
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