15 Literary Heroines for International Women’s Day
For over a century, each year on 8th March, people all around the globe take time out to celebrate the work, struggles, and achievements of women. We remember and acknowledge with gratitude those who fought for us in the past and recognise we have a long way yet to go for equal rights. Feminists and allies worldwide pledge to continue standing up for women’s rights, and hold in their hearts and minds that we should all be feminists. With whatever skill sets, resources and tools available, all over the world, women and allies persist.
Here at AbeBooks we spend our days gloriously immersed in books. The ideas, stories, characters, history and possibility found in their pages are among the greatest pleasures of being alive, and so much of that comes from women. We choose to celebrate today by recognising 15 (a drop in an ocean) literary heroines who, through books, have made a positive impact on the world somehow. Some are the fictional characters who inspire us, reassure us, and embolden us. Some are the authors who use their voices, talent and skills to shed much-needed light on the issues still facing women and girls today. Still others are the women who have used their influence, intelligence and resources to fight for women’s right to education, access to literacy, and more.
Oprah’s wealth, fame, and tireless hustle have made her unstoppable, and she endlessly advocates for women. The original Oprah’s Book Club provided instant spotlight attention to over nearly six dozen books over 15 years, over half of which were by women, including many women of color.
Hildegard von Bingen
Benedictine Abbess (1098 -1179)
Despite living in a time where very few women had access to education, she founded two monasteries and became famous for her theological, botanical, and medicinal texts, as well as letters, liturgical songs, and poems. She is widely recognised as the founder of scientific natural history in Germany.
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