The Voices of Women in Literature : #InternationalWomen'sDay

Words are powerful and books allow us to explore stories and situations a world or a lifetime away from where we are at any given moment in such an intimate way, how could they not impact us in some way? And so in celebration of International Women's Day, here are some women whose words and unique voices have resonated with me in my life so far.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie 
Margaret Atwood 
Susan Barker 
Emily Bronte 
Eleanor Catton 
Kate Chopin 
Agatha Christie 
Laura Dockrill 
Daphne Du Maurier 
Janet Fitch 
Gillian Flynn 
Sally Gardner 
A.M Homes 
Jane Hissey 
Eowyn Ivey 
Miranda July 
Sarah Kay 
Marina Keegan 
Naomi Klein 
Katherine Mansfield 

Eimear McBride
Jill Murphy
Ruth Ozeki
R.J Palacio
Philippa Pearce
Sylvia Plath
Beatrix Potter
Lia Purpura
J.K Rowling
Mary Shelley
Ali Smith
Patti Smith
Susan Sontag
Emily St John Mandel
Mildred D. Taylor
Jill Tomlinson
Sarah Waters
Virginia Woolf
Jacqeuline Wilson
Hanya Yanagihara
Leni Zumas

And the best part? I can do better. I know that I have so many more voices to hear. So many more stories to listen to. And think about. And appreciate.

And so I would love for you, in the comments below, to share some women writers who have had a big impact on you and your life. Whose stories mean something to you. Who taught you that you that it's okay to be scared, but not to let that stop you because there's a big world out there and you can do whatever it is that you would like to do. Whose words comforted and empowered you at a time when you really needed it. Whose words you turned to when it felt like there was nobody else who understood or would listen. 




  1. Elif Shafak, Elena Ferrante, Olga Tokarczuk, Svetlana Alexievich, Wislawa Szymborska are my suggestions for you. Though I´m not sure if they´ve been translated into English. Well, Elif Shafak definitly has, while Szymborska and Alexievich are Nobel Prize winners so I would think their books must be available in English as well. I hope you´ll like them.

  2. For me, Sylvia Plath, Malorie Blackman, E.lockhart & Charlotte Perkins Gilman are some of my favourite and most, personally, inspiring authors ranging from books in my childhood, teenage years and my late teens now :-)
    Sarah x

    1. It's so wonderful how books can make such an impact :)


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