Be Inspired by These Women's History Month Books

Be Inspired by These Women's History Month Books

By Joelle Shusterman , Mar 8th 2023

It’s time to celebrate Women’s History Month! This year we are celebrating women who tell creative stories and the countless who have used the power of their voices to educate and entertain audiences around the world.

We’ve made this list to highlight the most popular female authors that are paving their own paths in the literary world. These Women’s History Month books have role models and impart strong messages that we can all learn from. 

Be resilient and get inspired to tell your own story from these strong female voices. 

Books From Female Leaders Who Are Changing the Business World

1. The Power Code : More Joy. Less Ego. Maximum Impact for Women (and Everyone) by Katty Kay & Claire Shipman

Explore women’s power in and out of the workplace in this business book all about the hidden opportunities women have and their talents. Then learn how women can use their talents to become their most powerful selves, unlocking even more potential.

2. The Perfectionist Guide to Losing Control by Katherine Morgan Schafler

Find out the type of perfectionist you are, in Schafler’s latest book which breaks down perfectionism based on each unique individual. This love letter to the ambitious is a call for all women to take pride in themselves and dare to want more.

3. The No Club: Putting a Stop to Women's Dead-End Work by Linda Babcock, Brenda Peyser, Lise Vesterlund, & Laurie Weingart 

Women are burdened with unpromotable work and The No Club shows us how women can not only change their workload but be utilized by companies. Realize what holds women back and the solution to achieving equity at work.

4. Women and Leadership: Real Lives, Real Lessons by Julia Gillard & Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

Through conversations with some of the most powerful women leaders in the world, including Hillary Clinton, Theresa May, and more, discover their take on why there aren’t more women in leadership roles. 

Find out the personal struggles women leaders face, from gender bias to sexism, and see the eye-opening statistic behind why women have unequal access to power.

Moving Women’s Stories That We Can All Learn From

1. The Stories We Tell: Every Piece of Your Story Matters by Joanna Gaines

Joanna Gaines tells her story that is deeply personal to shine light on the beauty of everyone’s unique journey through life. Joanna’s story will teach you to let go of your uncertainty and to instead look at life in a way that is hopeful.

2. My What if Year by Alisha Fernandez Miranda

Alisha Fernandez Miranda, a successful CEO of a consulting firm, decides to leave her job to spend one year exploring the dreams of her youth. On her “What if” journey she opens the door to new opportunities. Her experiences are hilarious and will inspire anyone who feels stuck in a rut.

3. Good Power: Leading Positive Change in Our Lives, Work, and World by Ginni Rometty

Grow from leadership lessons and the personal experiences of former IBM CEO Ginni Rometty in this compelling guide and create meaningful change in your life. Sharing insights from her own journey Rometty shows what the concept of good power is, and how you can follow just five principles to lead with passionate advocacy.

4. Wake up With Purpose: What I’ve Learned in My First Hundred Years by Jean Dolores Schmidt with Seth Davis

Loyola Chicago matriarch Sister Jean inspires many with her wisdom of the century in her memoir full of history and charm. Feel close to Sister Jean’s deeply personal story, her life teaching at a Catholic school during the Second World War, and her life serving on a Chicago campus in her sixties and beyond.

Trending Fiction by Female Authors

1. Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin

Sam and Sadie are friends and have always been close since childhood. Forming a legendary collaboration they ascend into stardom. Their love story is woven together intricately. Will their own ambition get in the way of their bright future together?

2. Someone Else’s Shoes by Jojo Moyes 

Nisha is living glamorously, but when her husband cuts her off she has to find a way to hold on to her standard of life. She loses her shoes when Sam Kemp accidentally takes them in her gym bag. This one mishap for Nisha changes Sam’s life. After wearing Nisha’s red designer shoes, Sam is given the jolt of confidence she needs to realize she wants more out of life.

3. Our Missing Hearts by Celeste Ng

In a dystopian America, a twelve-year-old boy by the name of Bird searches for his Chinese American mother and the missing poems written by her that have been banned. On his journey, he discovers searing injustice. Will he be able to survive in this broken world with his heart intact?

4. Hello Beautiful by Ann Napolitano

William is part of a broken family, but when he meets Julia he is accepted into hers - a chaotic, yet loving household. Julia’s three younger sisters are inseparable, each with unique personalities of their own. When William’s dark past surfaces, however, Julia’s family falls apart and so does her sisters' loyalty. Can devotion draw them back together or will it be what keeps them apart?

Children’s Books With Role Models for Girls To Learn From 

1. Princess of the Wild Sea by Megan Frazer Blakemore

With a modern twist on the story of “Sleeping Beauty”, this fairy tale captures the story of a princess who becomes a hero. Harbor Rose is a princess kept away on a remote island waiting to be saved - But a dangerous foe awaits her. The princess will have to rise or risk a dangerous war that could destroy everything.

2. Finally Seen by Kelly Yang 

Lina is excited to move to America to see her parents and sister, but when she leaves China and gets there, it’s not like everything she imagined. She feels isolated and hides her feelings until she feels deeply connected to her teacher’s book for their class reading. Now she will have to get over her fears and finally be seen.

3. On Air with Zoe Washington by Janae Marks

In this empowering sequel to From the Desk of Zoe Washington, comes Zoe’s dream of being a pastry chef and helping Marcus achieve his own dreams of opening a new restaurant. Marcus is still struggling to re-enter society, so Zoe starts to make a podcast. Will the power of her voice, be enough?

4. Opportunity Knocks by Sara Farizan

Lila is trying to figure out who she is. On a mysterious day, she finds a key that has the power to open up her life to new possibilities. Except, she may not be as lucky as she thinks when the man who lost his key will do everything in his power to get it back.

Young Adult Books With a Strong Heroine

1. Rebel of Fire and Flight by Aneesa Marufu

Khadja has always dreamed of being a rebel. After escaping an arranged marriage, Khadja now faces a revolution that will decide her fate. She must now face her reality before her fate is chosen.

2. Margot Mertz for the Win by Carrie McCrossen

While Margot Mertz helps run a second election for class president, a mysterious blackmail plot threatens everything she’s worked for. Now she has to decide whether to get involved or to keep her hands clean.

3. Warrior Girl Unearthed by Angeline Boulley

Perry fights to reclaim the history of her ancestors that’s being stolen. Women are going missing in her tribe and grave robbers will do anything for profit. This is a story about a girl who will fight to uncover the mystery behind what’s happening to her people.

4. How Maya Got Fierce by Sona Charaipotra

Maya and her parents live in the countryside, but she has always wanted to be in the fashion industry. When Maya gets to the east coast and has the opportunity to work at Fierce, one of the leading businesses in fashion, she’s overjoyed. Except, how long can she keep this secret from her parents and what happens when Fierce finds out her real age?

Did you have fun looking through our different categories featuring Women’s History Month books for March? We hope you did, and that you found a book that you connect with. Remember to visit the BookPal site to find the stories that shape and inspire you.

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