Just As I Am by Cicely Tyson
The late, great Cicely Tyson’s memoir is a must-read. It chronicles her legendary career as an actress breaking barriers for Black women in America with roles on stage and screen. “Just as I Am is my truth,” Tyson said just before her death last month. “It is me, plain and unvarnished, with the glitter and garland set aside.”
What Would Frida Do? A Guide to Living Boldly by Arianna Davis
Artist Frida Kahlo is a modern-day icon thanks to her legacy of creativity and (you guessed it) living boldly. Arianna Davis’ look at her life is a part portrait of a woman ahead of her time and a part inspirational guide to being a woman ahead of yours.
We Keep the Dead Close: A Murder at Harvard and Half a Century of Silence by Becky Cooper
If you love a good thriller, you’ll devour this true story of the 1969 murder of a Harvard student reported by journalist Becky Cooper. The story that unfolds tackles sexism in the hallowed halls of academia and the silencing of women who challenge it.
Big Friendship: How We Keep Each Other Close by Aminatou Sow and Ann Friedman
You can’t celebrate women without celebrating the female friendship. And who better to do that than the hosts of the podcast Call Your Girlfriend. In their hilarious joint book, hosts Aminatou Sow and Ann Friedman talk about their decade-long bond and what it takes to really invest in the women in your life.
Well-Behaved Indian Women by Saumya Dave
Well-Behaved Indian Women is a lush portrait of three generations of Indian women and the bonds that keep a family together. Saumya Dave brilliantly excavates mother-daughter relationships in a way that will make women of any cultural background feel seen.
Already Toast: Caregiving and Burnout in America by Kate Washington
America is in the midst of a serious caregiving crisis—and women are at the epicenter. In her illuminating memoir, Kate Washington writes about caring for her seriously ill husband and the lack of support systems given to women.
Girl Gurl Grrrl: On Womanhood and Belonging In the Age of Black Girl Magic by Kenya Hunt
As an American journalist living and working in the UK, Kenya Hunt examines our cultural reckoning with womanhood and Blackness in a stunning series of essays that’s joyous and captures what it looks like to truly thrive.
Feminists Don't Wear Pink and Other Lies: Amazing Women on What the F-Word Means to Them by Scarlett Curtis
This collection of writing from extraordinary women aims to bridge the gap between #feminism and the scholarly text. From Hollywood actresses to teenage activists, each story discusses the author’s personal relationship with the ‘F-word’.
Everybody (Else) Is Perfect: How I Survived Hypocrisy, Beauty, Clicks, and Likes by Gabrielle Korn
With eye-opening explorations of hot button topics for modern women, this story from the former editor-in-chief of Nylon covers everything from impossible beauty standards to the #MeToo Movement.