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Read all about amazing women for International Women’s Day #BeBoldForChange

March 8, 2017

Today is International Women’s Day a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. We have put together a short list of titles of some of the world’s most amazing and inspiring women…

Modern women: 52 pioneers by Kira Cochrane

Modern Women is a celebration of some of the influential and inspiring women who have changed the world through their lives, work and actions. From suffragettes to scientists, activists to artists, politicians to pilots and writers to riot grrrls, the women included have all paved the way for gender equality in their own indomitable way.

Animal: the autobiography of a female body by Sara Pascoe

There is so much about my behaviour I want to understand. So I started researching what makes me – and us – tick. And what I read made my eyes fall out of my face. Reader, here is everything I’ve learned from science about love, sexuality, infidelity, boobs, periods, pubes, broodiness, and clever old fat.

A history of Britain in 21 women: a personal selection by Jenni Murray

I was ten years old when I came across Boadicea, and she became the first woman to make me realise that the designated future of a girl born in 1950 – to be sweet, domesticated, undemanding and super feminine – was not necessarily the case.

The button box: lifting the lid on women’s lives by Lynn Knight

I loved the rattle and whoosh of my grandma’s buttons as they scattered from their Quality Street tin. A wooden chest the size of a shoe box, inlaid with geometric patterns, holds Lynn Knight’s button collection. A collection that has been passed down through generations of women.

The vagenda: a zero tolerance guide to the media by Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett, Holly Baxter

Holly and Rhiannon grew up reading glossy mags and, like most women, thought of them as just a bit of fun. But over time they started to feel uneasy, not just about magazines, but about music videos, page 3, and women being labelled frigid, princesses or tramps.

Hillary: a biography of Hillary Rodham Clinton by Karen Blumenthal

From First Lady of the United States to the first female Senator of New York and most recently as the United States Secretary of State. An activist all her life, she has been devoted to health care reform, child care, and women’s rights, among others.

Angela Merkel: Europe’s most influential leader by Matt Qvortrup

This is the fascinating tale of Angela Merkel’s political ascent, in which she outmaneuvered her male colleagues and made Germany the strongest economy in Europe.

In order to live: a North Korean girl’s journey to freedom by Yeonmi Park

Yeonmi Park was not dreaming of freedom when she escaped from North Korea. She didn’t even know what it meant to be free. All she knew was that she was running for her life, that if she and her family stayed behind they would die – from starvation, or disease, or even execution.

Vivienne Westwood by Ian Kelly

Vivienne Westwood is one of the icons of our age. Fashion designer, activist, co-creator of punk, global brand and grandmother; a true living legend. Her career has successfully spanned five decades and her work has influenced millions of people across the world.

Worlds apart: a Muslim girl in the SAS by Azi Ahmed

This is a remarkable book about a clash between very different worlds: the British Army and Britain’s Muslim community. It follows a young girl’s extraordinary journey from working in the family kebab shop in Manchester to a London barracks where the Colonel of 21 SAS unit is putting women through selection training with the men.

International Women’s Day

March 8, 2011

International Women's Day

International Women’s Day (IWD) was honoured for the first time in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland on 19 March 1911. More than one million women and men attended IWD rallies campaigning for women’s rights to work, vote, be trained, to hold public office and to end discrimination. Today we have female astronauts and prime ministers; school girls are welcomed into university; women can work and have a family; women have real choices. In some countries IWD has even been declared an official holiday.

Local heroines

Scotland has a long tradition of women trailblazers and high achievers, including:  Elsie Inglis, Eliza Wigham, Mary Slessor, and Katherine Ramsay, the Duchess of Atholl, to name just a few. We won’t attempt to list more recent high achievers, but instead mention just two Scottish women who have recently had their talent and dedication to their work acknowledged. Two women working in two very different fields:

Karen Darke, who last October was presented with the 2010 Woman of Achievement Award for her strength and determination in overcoming a cliff fall at the age of 21 which left her paralysed – she has gone on to scale mountains and embark on a number of challenging adventures, raising thousands of pounds for charity. And Liz Lochhead, who was recently confirmed as the new Scots Makar, a post she described as “an enormous honour”, going on to say “I accept it on behalf of poetry itself, which is, and always has been, the core of our culture, and in grateful recognition of the truth that poetry – the reading of it, the writing of it, the saying it out loud, the learning of it off by heart – all of this matters deeply to ordinary Scottish people everywhere.”

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