It’s our month ladies, and I intend to celebrate. While Momni and The Boutique Next Door are pretty femme-centric all twelve months of the year, this month we’re diving extra deep into all things created by women. Keep up with the strong women who make Jax so great, cherish the work and wonders we all create, and read one of these books; you won’t regret it!
- The Color Purple, Alice Walker.
A classic, heartbreaking story about domestic abuse and the strength of an African-American protagonist. One of the first American novels favoring women’s equality that still has a place in our society today.
- Bad Feminist, Roxanne Gay.
This one is a read for anyone who only gets pockets of time for reading. A collection of essays about the culture, politics, activism, and stigma surrounding feminism.
- Americanah, Chimanda Ngozi Adiche.
Okay, so I haven’t actually read this one but I’ve heard from some pretty reliable sources that it’s outstanding. I’ll be reading it all month for anyone who wants to compare notes/start a lil feminist book club (translation: please help me fulfill my lifelong dream of starting a feminist book club).
- Bossy Pants, Tina Fey.
Tina Fey may be a badass comedian in a male dominated world of late night television, but once she was a small town girl from Pennsylvania who worked her tush off to get where she is today. She’ll make you laugh, like a lot, and light a fire in your feminist self while she’s at it.
- Yes Please, Amy Poehler.
If you like your life lessons taken like a shot of good whiskey, this book is for you. Poehler is blunt, hilarious, and seriously motivating. Read her, fall in love with her, want to be her.
- (Bonus) Men Explain Things to Me, Rebecca Solnit.
When I recommend this one to my friends, they get a little wary. To be clear, it’s not man-hating feminist propaganda; just simple, poignant stories about the (nearly) daily occurrence that is men explaining the work, accomplishments, and passions of the women they meet, right back to those women.
Written and edited by Mara Strobel-Lanka.