International Women’s Day 2020 – Celebrating Women in Non-Fiction:
In celebration of International Women’s Day 2020 (IWD) I though I would compile a list of some of the women in non-fiction who have inspired me over the years. It goes without saying that this list is by no way exhaustive. There are so many fabulous female writers that creating a list of all of them would be a lifetimes work!
The theme for IWD 2020 is #EachForEqual – based on the idea of ‘collective individualism’ – “[w]e are all parts of a whole. Our individual actions, conversations, behaviours and mindsets can have an impact on our larger society. Collectively, we can make change happen. Collectively, we can each help to create a gender equal world”.
I am choosing to celebrate the success of women in non-fiction writing, starting with …
Author of No Logo, No is Not Enough, This Changes Everything, The Shock Doctrine and On Fire – Naomi Klein was one of the first authors that I turned to when I began to feel confused with the world. Her writing is always full of passion, belief, and evidence. She is a New York Times bestseller, and has won multiple awards.
Above all for me Naomi Klein is a voice of reason, a trust worthy source. Someone whose writing I constantly turn back to. Her books cover climate change, the environment, politics, disaster capitalism, and economics. She doesn’t shy away from what is difficult to talk about, instead bringing nuanced and well-articulated arguments to the table.
Why I’m no Longer Talk to White People About Race was published in 2017 to critical acclaim, and a lot of online talking. It is fabulous, a must read. Reni Eddo-Lodge tackles feminism, race, and structural inequality.
She is award winning, and Why I’m No Longer Talk to White People About Race has featured in many long-lists and shortlists for prestigious prizes. Her influence has been felt around the world; there can be no doubting that her work is informative and inspiring. A truly powerful voice.
Caroline Criado Perez
At the beginning of 2019 Invisible Women was the first book that I had read that was written by a women – for reference it was March. I saw shocked, appalled even, that I just hadn’t been paying attention to who I was reading. From that moment on, I promised to be more conscious, more aware because as Caroline Criado Perez says “[w]omen will buy books by and about men, but men won’t buy books by and about women (or at least not many)”.
Author of Do It Like a Women and Invisible Women, Caroline Criado Perez is an award-winning author. Her accolades include the 2019 Royal Society Science Book Prize, the 2019 Books Are My Bag Readers Choice Award, and the 2019 Financial Times Business Book of the Year Award.
Superior and Inferior are so important. They’re hard-hitting, intense, and challenging, but they are needed. Angela Saini does not back away from difficult subjects covering tackling race and gender in her writing.
As with Naomi Klein, Angela Saini is a voice that I trust. Someone who brings evidence to the table, and lots of it. She has been voted one of the most respected journalists in the UK and I have to agree.
What can I say about Chanel Miller? She is courageous, she is brave, and I know her name. Her 2019 debut book No My Name is a memoir dedicated to her traumatic experience of sexual violence and the US court system. It is a powerful, moving, heart wrenching account. Her determination has already inspired changes in California law and resulted in a recall of the judge in the case.
“Know My Name will forever transform the way we think about sexual assault, challenging our beliefs about what is acceptable and speaking trust to the tumultuous reality of healing. It also introduces the readers to an extraordinary writer, one whose words have already changed our world. Entwining pain, resilience, and humour, this memoir will stand as a modern classic.”