Looking for books that celebrate women’s stories and experiences? Here are five must-reads by female authors that will inspire and empower you:

  1. The Color Purple by Alice Walker, a Pulitzer Prize-winning novel that explores the lives of African American women in the 1930s. Through the eyes of Celie, a poor and uneducated woman, we witness the struggles and triumphs of black women as they navigate racism, sexism, and poverty.

  2. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood, a dystopian novel set in a future where women have been stripped of their rights and reduced to reproductive vessels. The story follows Offred, a handmaid who rebels against the oppressive regime she is trapped in.

  3. Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay, a collection of essays that explores what it means to be a feminist in today’s world. Through personal anecdotes and cultural commentary, Gay challenges traditional ideas of femininity, race, and sexuality.

  4. Becoming by Michelle Obama, a memoir that traces Obama’s journey from a working-class family in Chicago to the first African American First Lady of the United States. Through her experiences, Obama offers insights into the challenges and triumphs of being a woman in politics.

  5. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath, a semi-autobiographical novel that explores the mental health struggles of a young woman in the 1950s. Through the protagonist Esther Greenwood, Plath examines the gender roles and societal expectations that contribute to women’s feelings of alienation and despair.

These books by female authors celebrate the complexity, diversity, and resilience of women’s experiences. Which one will you read first?