Women’s History Month

This month we celebrate contributions by women in many fields. I want to celebrate today’s women – specifically the ones that are telling stories that touch my heart.

Caroline Bologna from HuffPost gathered a list of 35 must-read books by women from the past five years. The books cover a wide variety of topics – feminism, being immigrants, family, science fiction. They are global stories by a group of women authors that will make you think, and at the same time will touch your heart, satisfy your sense of wanderlust, and teach you about ways of life and cultures that hold back our power and opportunities. And yet, the characters reflect the reality and power and resilience of women. As we celebrate this month the achievement of women, let’s also celebrate our diversity, connection, and community. Here is the list:

  • Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
  • Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue
  • A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
  • Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff
  • The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
  • Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado
  • Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
  • The Bright Hour by Nina Riggs
  • Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling
  • The Rules Do Not Apply by Ariel Levy
  • Lila by Marilynne Robinson
  • Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • Blood in the Water by Heather Ann Thompson
  • I’m Supposed to Protect You from All This by Nadja Spiegelman
  • Redefining Realness by Janet Mock
  • Homesick for Another World by Ottessa Moshfegh
  • The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henriquez
  • Citizen by Claudia Rankine
  • Men Explain Things to Me by Rebecca Solnit
  • Marlena by Julie Buntin
  • The Mothers by Brit Bennett
  • Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay by Elena Ferrante
  • Bright Lines by Tanwi Nandini Islam
  • Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward
  • Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan
  • Nobody Is Ever Missing by Catherine Lacey
  • Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
  • Swing Time by Zadie Smith
  • The Empathy Exams by Leslie Jamison
  • The Dark Dark by Samantha Hunt
  • Hunger by Roxane Gay
  • The Woman Upstairs by Claire Messud
  • Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
  • My Life on the Road by Gloria Steinem
  • Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

Let’s also celebrate Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Born in the middle of Women’s History Month, March 15. There are many priceless quotes from Justice Bader Ginsburg. I celebrate her 84th year on Planet Earth with my favorite quote:

“[W]hen I’m sometimes asked when will there be enough [women on the supreme court]? And I say ‘When there are nine.’ People are shocked. But there’d been nine men, and nobody’s ever raised a question about that.” – Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Be fearless and speak your truth. We have much work to do! In gratitude for the women before us, the women with us, and the women after us. SWAN is here to support you all the way.

Happy Women’s History Month!