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International Women's Day 2020 campaign theme is #EachforEqual

An equal world is an enabled world.

Individually, we're all responsible for our own thoughts and actions - all day, every day.

We can actively choose to challenge stereotypes, fight bias, broaden perceptions, improve situations and celebrate women's achievements.

Collectively, each one of us can help create a gender equal world.

Let's all be #EachforEqual.


 

We've collected 15 books by women that we think explore the issue of gender equality - something for every age (children, teens and adults) and both non-fiction and fiction.

We hope you'll find something here to inspire you this International Women's Day.

  • Wild, Fearless Chests - Mandy Beaumont

    A timely debut short story collection that breaks open the idea of women from a powerful new Australian literary voice.

  • The Girl with the Louding Voice - Abi Dare

    Meet Adunni, a fourteen year old living in a Nigerian village outside Lagos. She is expected to be meek, quiet, obedient. Adunni is none of these things. She is determined and loyal and curious. This is the story of Adunni's pursuit of education. Her search to find her louding voice.

  • Whisper Network - Chandler Baker

    A fresh, fierce and furious thriller of working motherhood, female friendship and what it means to be a wife, mother, colleague, woman. 'A workplace murder mystery that happens in today's #MeToo era. It's honest, timely and completely thrilling - I was so surprised to find out who the murderer was!' REESE WITHERSPOON

  • On Mother - Sarah Ferguson

    It is a familiar and comforting story: a mother's unreserved love across decades and continents. The unexpected death of Sarah Ferguson's mother has brought her to understand their relationship with a new clarity and to appreciate the woman beyond the mother. On Mother is a deeply personal reflection on mothers and daughters, and life.

  • On Violence - Natasha Stott Despoja

    Every two minutes, police are called to a family violence matter. Every week, a woman is killed by a current or former partner. This is Australia's national emergency. Violence against women is preventable. It is not an inevitable part of the human condition. It is time to create a new normal. It is time to stop the slaughter in our suburbs.

  • Fair Play - Eve Rodsky

    A revolutionary, real-world solution to the problem of unpaid, invisible work that women have shouldered for too long - from the woman tapped by Reese Witherspoon's Hello Sunshine as the expert on this topic.

  • How the Pill Changes Everything - Sarah E Hill

    A groundbreaking book that reveals, for the first time, the crucial information every woman taking hormonal birth control needs to know. HOW THE PILL CHANGES EVERYTHING will open your eyes, putting you in position of power so that you can understand the risks, weigh up the costs and make smarter, more informed choices about your health and hormones.

  • Equal - Carrie Grace

    EQUAL is an inspiring, personal and campaigning book about how we should and can fight for equal pay and other kinds of equality in the workplace, by former BBC China editor Carrie Gracie.

  • Shrill - Lindy West

    A laugh-out-loud feminist memoir from one of the boldest new voices on the web. 'Women are told, from birth, that it's our job to be small: physically small, small in our presence, and small in our impact on the world. We're supposed to spend our lives passive, quiet and hungry. I want to obliterate that expectation...'

  • Outrages - Naomi Wolf

    The bestselling author of VAGINA illuminates a dramatic history - how a single English law in 1857 led to a maelstrom, with reverberations lasting down to our day. She depicts both a fascinating story and, crucially, an important way of understanding how we arrived at our ideas of 'normalcy' and 'deviancy' - and the idea of the state's purported need and right to police speech - ideas which are with us to this day.

  • How Powerful We Are - Sally Rugg

    One of Australia's leading activists takes you behind the scenes of one of Australia's biggest campaigns to show how we can use our voice to champion what we believe in. In these pages Sally will teach you some of the things she learnt on the marriage equality campaign: how to develop a strategy, how to frame your messages, how to get your campaign to the media, how to build community power.

  • Be The Change - Gina Martin

    An empowering toolkit for activism from Gina Martin, who led a year-long campaign to make upskirting a criminal offence, after the police declined to prosecute a man who took pictures up her skirt at a music festival.

  • Moxie - Jennifer Mathieu

    When an unlikely teenager stands up to sexism in her high school she unwittingly starts a feminist revolution that shakes her whole town. 'MOXIE is sweet funny and fierce. Read this and then join the fight!' AMY POEHLER

  • Amazing Australian Women - Pamela Freeman, Sophie Beer

    A bright and colourful look at twelve incredible Australian women who helped shape our country, from politics and the arts to Indigenous culture, science and more.

  • Miss Franklin - Libby Hathorn, Phil Lesnie

    A fascinating story about Miles Franklin, one of Australian literature's most significant women, written by one of the biggest names in children's literature.

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