Today, Monday 8 March, is International Women's Day.
International Women's Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.
In celebration of International Women's Day we have compiled a list of inspiring stories about women from our adult, teen and children's collections.
Untold resilience: stories of courage, survival and love from women who have gone before by Future Women
Adult non-fiction 305.40922 UNT
What does it take to find courage in the midst of deprivation and devastation? Why are some people able to continue living with purpose, even when faced with loss and despair? How does our community turn challenge into triumph? And what can we learn from the exceptional women in our midst who have done just that? It might feel like we are living in unprecedented times but ours is not the first generation to withstand upheaval as seismic as the COVID-19 pandemic has caused. In every town and suburb in Australia, there are women from older generations who have encountered unimaginable difficulties before; women who have endured and survived. Their stories are proof of the incredible resilience of the female spirit. Based on hours of interviews from their homes during lockdown, in Untold Resilience the all-female journalistic team at Future Women uncovers the real-life accounts of a diverse and fascinating collection of women. In doing so they have drawn on the deep wisdom and perspective that can only be gained from a life fully lived. Our history books have long been dominated by men's triumphant tales but there are also lessons to be learned from the quiet, modest and largely untold experiences of women. With warmth and candour, 19 ordinary, and yet truly remarkable, individuals share their experiences of pandemic, poverty, famine, war, violence and discrimination. Through these hope-filled stories from women who have gone before, we can find inspiration and comfort, and rebuild faith in our own futures.
Her way: real stories of New Zealand women succeeding in business and doing so with heart: a better way to do business and make a positive difference by Jacqui Thomas
Adult non-fiction 650.1082THO
Her way is a collection of authentic stories of New Zealand female business founders succeeding in business here and internationally, doing so on their own terms, and with heart. Includes women from Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, Nelson, Hawkes Bay, Havelock North and more. The personal stories these women share are real and inspiring - sharing the ups and downs, the trials and challenges, but also showcasing the successes achieved through a more 'inherently female' style of doing business. The traditionally classified 'feminine' personality traits such as caring, nurturing, kindness, sharing, helping others, collaborating, creating win-win deals, being mindful of our effect on others and on the environment, balancing family and business, and more, can be harnessed to create a better way of doing business. More and more businesses are enjoying significant commercial success through these values (both female and male led).
We should all be feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Adult non-fiction 305.42 ADI
Offers an updated definition of feminism for the twenty-first century, one rooted in inclusion and awareness.
In this personal, eloquently argued essay, adapted from her much-admired TEDx talk of the same name, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, award-winning author of Americanah, offers readers a unique definition of feminism for the twenty-first century, one rooted in inclusion and awareness. Drawing extensively on her own experiences and her deep understanding of the often masked realities of sexual politics, here is one remarkable author's exploration of what it means to be a woman now, and an of-the-moment rallying cry for why we should all be feminists.
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Teen trailblazers: 30 fearless girls who changed the world before they were 20 by Jennifer Calvert
Teen non-fiction 920.72 CAL
This fascinating book features 30 young women who accomplished remarkable things before their twentieth birthdays. Visually compelling with original illustrations, this book will inspire the next generation of strong, fearless women.
Women in science: 50 fearless pioneers who changed the world by Rachel Ignotofsky
Children's non-fiction 509.252IGN
A collection of artworks inspired by the lives and achievements of fifty famous women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, from the ancient world to the present, profiles each notable individual. Full of art, this collection also contains infographics about relevant topics such as lab equipment, rates of women currently working in STEM fields, and an illustrated scientific glossary. The trailblazing women profiled include well-known figures like primatologist Jane Goodall, as well as lesser-known pioneers such as Katherine Johnson, the African-American physicist and mathematician who calculated the trajectory of the 1969 Apollo 11 mission to the moon.
Fantastically great women who saved the planet by Kate Pankhurst
Children's non-fiction 920.72PAN
Fantastically great women who saved the planet tells the awe-inspiring stories of women who have spent their lives protecting the Earth and all its living things. Tackle the plastic problem with Isatou Ceesay by recycling waste into beautiful objects. Marvel at the intelligence of chimpanzees with Jane Goodall. Learn why it's important to shop fair trade and cruelty-free with Anita Roddick and The Body Shop. Resist devastating deforestation and plant seeds of change with Wangari Maathai. We're in an age when young people like Greta Thunberg are calling for those in power to 'wake up' and take action. But everyone has a part to play. Written with hope and encouragement, this book shows that all actions, big and small, can be powerful in the fight against climate breakdown.
Good night stories for rebel girls by Elena Favilli
Children's non-fiction 920.72FAV
To the rebel girls of the world: dream bigger, aim higher, fight harder, and, when in doubt, remember you are right.
Good night stories for rebel girls reinvents fairy tales, inspiring girls with the stories of 100 heroic women from Elizabeth I to Serena Williams. Illustrated by 60 female artists from every corner of the globe, this is the most-funded original book in the history of crowd-funding.