The end of year, with all its holidays around the corner, is a great occasion to offer our relatives and friends a gift. Books are always a brillant idea for a present. Here are 10 great ones, about women and written by women.
WOMEN AND POLITICS
- Pippa Norris, Women, media and politics #media #politics
This book is a classic in the field of political communication. It is composed of 20 essayes that present American women as politicians, activists, citizens, but also journalists. Norris analyses media frame on women and suggests that media coverage rather challenges than reinforce women’s presence on the public scene.
- Rebecca Traister, Big Girls Don’t Cry: The Election That Changed Everything for Women #politics #womensempowerment
The author investigates the impact of 2008 US presidential elections on American politics and women. By analysing images from the campaign, she asks the eternal question: what does it mean to be a woman in politics? By the same token, Traister shows how cultural and political changes that took place in the last century influenced the 2008 elections, considered as one of the most crucial for the United States.
- Dee Dee Myers, Why women should rule the world #leadership #politics #womensempowerment
Dee Dee Myers was the first woman to hold the office of White House’s press officer. Few years ago her daughter Kate said that only boys could be presidents of the United States, and girls should confine themselves to occupying the position of the presidential spouse. Myers started then to ponder the question of leadership and its male dominance.
In her book, written in 2008 when Hillary Clinton run in the presidential election, Myers argues that female leadership can act in favor of reduction of social and economic gaps. It is a valuable voice in the discussion about gender equality showed from a practical perspective.
- Madeleine Kunin, Pearls, Politics, and Power #femaleleadership #womensempowerment
It is another book that defends women’s empowerment and advocates for a larger female leadership. Kunin argues that in the changing world we need new leaders who would be able to adress new challenges. In consequence, women, with a more inclusive leadership’s style, appear as the best suited to deal with political and social issues. One question however remains: is the society ready for the change?
WOMEN AND MILITARY CONFLICTS
- Svetlana Alexevitch, War’s Unwomanly face #women&conflict #WWII #NobelPrice
This book is an outstanding document and a record of history. It is a testimony of 200 Russian women sent to the front-line during the WWII, not as nurses but as soldiers. Alexevitch reaches to create a masterpiece challenging the universal received idea that the war is a matter of men and women are only love and compassion.
- Doris Lessing, The golden notebook #womenshistory #feministclassic #60’s #NobelPrice
The golden book is a novel written as a record of notebooks of a writer Anna Wulf. All the notebooks are of diffrent colors, just like the life of Wulf is.
The book was published for the first time in 1962 and quickly became one of the most important texts of the beginning of feminist movements. Lessing expores in this book themes of the Cold War, female liberation and finlly proves that the feminist slogan “the personal is political” is true.
- Simone de Beauvoir, The second sexe #philosophy #feministclassic
“One is not born, but rather becomes, a woman” – The second sexe , published for the first time 1949 instaured for the first time the diffrence between sexe and gender. Indeed, de Beauvoir argued that being a woman is not so much a biological condition as a fruit of social pressures. Her analysis of roots of the gender gap and its repercussions can be still applied to modern societies. The book is also and trailbraizing attempt to analyse human history from the female perspective.
- Virginia Woolf, Three Guineas #feministclassic #womenshistory #women&conflict #WWII
A major feminist and anti-war document, the book was written in the 1930s, when women started to slowly gain the battle for their voting rights. Woolf, who participated for years in suffrage movements in England, feared that the raise of facism could jeopardise newly gained freedom.
In Three Guineas Woolf demonstrates how inequalities, especially those in education and wealth distribution lead to gender inequalities and reinforce the culture of war.
- Jud Newborn, Sophie Scholl and the White Rose #biography #womenshistory #women&conflict #WWII
In 1942, a small group of Christian students makes an incredible transformation from vivid supporters of the Nazi party into the symbol of German resistance to nazism.
Sophie Scholl and the White Rose is not simply a biography or a historical book. It is above all a revevant contribution to modern debates about fight for freedom and resistance to oppression.
- Sophie Mousset, Women’s Right and the French Revolution: A biography of Olympe de Gouge #biography #womensright #FrenchRevolution
“Women have the right to mount the scaffold; they should likewise have the right to mount the rostrum.” Women took an active part in the French revolution of 1789, however little have been said until now about them. Mousset’s book is a biography of an outstanding woman, Olympe de Gouge, who fought for women’s rights, finished on the scaffold because of her commitment and her name was razed from the collective memory. Women’s Right and the French Revolution pays a tribute to the author of Declaration of the Rights of Woman and of the Female Citizen and one of the most inspiring, yet unknown figures in the fight for women’s empowerment.