Today is International Women’s Day – a day dedicated wholly and solely to celebrating the bravery, accomplishments and plights of women throughout history, all over the world.

And because there are oh so many women to celebrate, we thought we would list some of the incredible books you can pick up to learn about some (although, sadly, not all) of the most awesome ones.

TOP TEN FOR THE MUMS

In the Company of Women
Grace Booney

Across the globe, women are embracing their entrepreneurial spirits and starting creative businesses. In the Company of Women profiles over 100 of these influential and creative women from all ages, races, backgrounds, and industries.

Fifty and Fabulous
Jaki Scarcello

A book celebrating the women Jaki Scarcello calls `Women of the Harvest’ – women who aren’t trying to turn back the clock, but reaping the fruits of a life well lived, recognising and receiving the real gifts this stage of life brings. Women for whom `fifty plus’ doesn’t mean less, but more.

Marathon Woman
Kathrine Switzer

In this new edition of the sports icon’s memoir – that coincides with the 50th anniversary of the historic moment – Kathrine Switzer shares her experience as the first woman to officially run what was then the all-male Boston Marathon.

The Atlas of Beauty
Mihaela Noroc

This stunning collection features portraits of 500 women from more than 50 countries, accompanied by revelatory captions that capture their personal stories – the product of Noroc’s time spent backpacking and photographing everyday women to showcase the diversity of beauty.

Half the Sky
Nicholas D Kristof, Sheryl WuDunn

A call to arms against the most pervasive human rights violation of the 21st century: the oppression of women in the developing world.

The Most Influential Women of Our Time
Chiara Pasqualetti Johnson

Meet 50 women, from queens and politicians to explorers and sports figures, who changed the world. These 50 women pursued their ambitions and achieved their dreams – even when the world tried to tell them they shouldn’t.

I Belong to No One
Gwen Wilson

Rape, teen pregnancy, illegitimacy, domestic abuse – in 1970s Australia all were shameful secrets that trapped women in poverty, loss and ongoing emotional trauma. This is one woman’s story of all she lost and how hard she fought to survive.

Slim Aarons: Women
Slim Aarons

This coffee table book explores the central subject of Slim Aarons’s career—the extraordinary women from the upper echelons of high society, the arts, fashion, and Hollywood.

SHE: Muses, Visionaries and MADCAP Heroines
Kate Spade New York

The fourth book in Kate Spade New York’s successful series, SHE: muses, visionaries and madcap heroines invites readers back into a way of living that is singularly joyous, distinctly feminine, and wildly interesting.

The Princess Saves Herself in This One
Amanda Lovelace

A poetry collection in four parts: the princess, the damsel, the queen and you. The first three sections piece together the life of the author while the final section serves as a note to the reader. This moving book explores love, loss, grief, healing, empowerment and inspiration.

TOP TEN FOR THE KIDS…

Good night stories for rebel girls
Elena Favilli

Painters, scientists, dancers, chefs, astronauts, jazz singers, pharaohs, boxers, writers, political leaders…from every corner of the globe Each short biography is written in the style of a fairy tale, filling listeners with wonder and with a burning curiosity to know more about each hero.

Shout out to the girls
Penguin Random House Australia

Let’s hear it for the women who have shaped our history and are expanding our future. Brought to life by colourful illustrations from local female artists, Shout Out to the Girls is the ultimate inspirational read for young and old.

Little People Big Dreams
Isabel Sanchez Vergara

A fantastic series celebrating women who have achieved incredible things. The books journey through their lives beginning as a little children with a dream. Also available as board book, in the ‘My First Little People Big Dreams’ series.

Women in Sports
Rachel Ignotofsky

By the author who brought you ‘Women in Art’ and ‘Women in Science’, this book a richly-illustrated and truly inspirational highlight reel of the achievements and stories of fifty notable women athletes and pioneers in sport. Women for the win!

Bad Girls Throughout History: A Journal
Ann Shen

Featuring 50 iconic illustrations from Bad Girls Throughout History, this flexi-bound journal highlights the incredible women who changed the rules for all who followed. It comes complete with beautiful calligraphic quotes and plenty of space for writing or drawing. 

Fantastically Great Women Who Made History
Kate Pankhurst

The eagerly anticipated follow up to Kate Pankhurst’s – Emmeline Pankhurst’s descendent – hugely successful, Fantastically Great Women Who Changed the World, his beautiful title looks at the stories, accomplishments and adventures of many more brilliant women from throughout history.

Girls Who Changed the World
Michelle Roehm McCann

Going after your dream doesn’t have to wait – be empowered by these incredible women and start changing the world now. From the inspiring author of Girls Who Rocked the World comes another comprehensive collection of true, inspiring profiles of successful young women throughout history who made their mark on the world before turning twenty.

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.

Fantasically Great Women Who Changed the World
Kate Pankhurst

The 20th century began with a sense of great optimism after centuries of oppression. It was to be one of the most violent and tumultuous in world history and paved the way for many people to seize opportunities and make a difference. And women have been there every step of the way.

Little Feminist
Emily Kleinman

Mudpuppy’s Little Feminist Board Book Set is comprised of colourful illustrated portraits of real women who have made historical impact on the world. Introduce your littlest kids to these important people in history with fun, realistic images.

Anastasia White

Anastasia White

Anastasia (‘Anny’ to her friends and family, thanks to some nickname experimentation in year 4 that unfortunately stuck) is a born-and-bred Brisbanite with a love of coffee and her cat, Olive. Having recently finished a degree in journalism, Anastasia loves being able to learn and write about so many different topics for a variety of audiences.