We compiled a list of books about brave, strong women who made a difference. They are female writers, industry leaders, and ordinary girls. They deduce how to break through the prejudice of the world and finally become unique themselves. Discover the story behind their actions.

I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban

I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was shot by the Taliban book cover

Malala Yousafzai was born in an ordinary family in Pakistan’s Swat Valley. She was shot in the head by militants for advocating women’s rights to education. However, she miraculously survived. This book records Malala’s arduous journey of persevering in school and fighting under challenging circumstances. It’s an inspiring story of how she survived after being shot in the head. This extraordinary experience brought her from the remote valley of Swat to the United Nations to give a speech and embark on the road of the ongoing struggle for women’s right to education.

The Downing Street Years

The Downing Street Years book cover

“I believe that as long as a person is willing to put in the effort to arrange his time reasonably, and with some outside help, he can go to work and raise his children – that’s how I did it.”

Margaret Thatcher

In 1979, Margaret Thatcher was elected as the first female prime minister in British history, starting with a legendary experience of three prime ministers and 11 consecutive years in power. She is known as the “Iron Lady” in politics for her challenging and capable leadership style. Written from Mrs. Thatcher’s perspective, this book shows readers the significant events that took place more than ten years after she entered No. 10 Downing Street. The story is closely integrated with the domestic situation in the UK and world political trends.

Margaret Thatcher’s decisively hardline political style carried over into her writing, too, where she took a a clear stance when expressing her views.

This autobiography is politically charged. As a supplement, if you want to see the details of her life, you can read her other autobiography, “The Path to Power,” about her experience before entering Downing Street.

Oriana Fallaci: The Journalist, the Agitator, the Legend

Oriana Fallaci: The journalist, the Agitator, the Legend book cover

During World War II, when American planes bombed Florence, Farage was a child, curled up in a coal box, crying out of fear. Her father was so angry that he slapped her hard and said:

“Girls don’t cry.”

Farage is known as the Queen of Interviews of the 20th Century, a woman who never compromises even in the face of God.

This book records her origin, childhood, love, and fierce confrontation with more than 60 national dignitaries worldwide.

When Farage was speaking at a university, a student in the audience stood up and said, “I’m not here to ask questions because I’ve been reading your book since I learned to read, and I already know the answer. I am here to thank you for teaching me two of the most important things in the world – courage and freedom.”

Earning It: Hard-Won Lessons from Trailblazing Women at the Top of the Business World

Earning It: Hard-won Lessons from Trailblazing Women at the Top of the Business World book cover

Author Joanne Lublin interviewed more than 50 elite women in the workplace from different fields and recorded the ups and downs they encountered along the way. These women have climbed to the company’s top after years of struggle, spanning industries such as retail, manufacturing, finance, technology, publishing, advertising, automotive, and healthcare. They encountered the injustice and hardships faced by women in the workplace and used their wisdom, courage, and talent to step forward and achieve a magnificent return.

Most of the interviewees in this article are successful women in the Western workplace. Among them, many well-known celebrities, such as Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, have implemented their suggestions for problems and situations that may be encountered in the workplace. She also gave detailed and reliable experience and recommendations.

Although it is a book aimed at professional women, it discusses how to get along with bosses, colleagues, and subordinates in the workplace, opportunities, connections, challenges at work, and the relationship between family and career, and ignoring gender. People in the workplace will be inspired.

Enchantment: The Life of Audrey Hepburn

Enchantment: The life of Audrey Hepburn book cover

“My life is better than a fairy tale. I’ve been in trouble, but there’s always a light at the end of the tunnel.”

Audrey Hepburn was synonymous with beauty and elegance. After watching several of Hepburn’s films, I read this book out of curiosity about her. From the girl who loves ballet to the goddess on the screen, I learned about her whole life through a book about a goddess who is not perfect but has nine charm points.

Reputable biographer Donald Spert went through the film company’s archives and data. He also interviewed Hepburn’s close relatives, friends, colleagues gaining in-depth insight into her acting career and emotional life. Behind the bright appearance, she yearned for love and showed emotional women have a deeper, more complex side. The book completely exposes the real-life of Audrey Hepburn after she was brushed aside, which makes people sigh and love the eternal Hepburn even more.

Becoming Jane: The Wit and Wisdom of Jane Austen

Becoming Jane: The Wit and Wisdom of Jane Austen book cover

Austen may be able to tell many women who are oppressed by reality and unwilling to give in – ‘Be the change you wish for,’ which is also a statement by Mahatma Gandhi.

Jane Austen, the creator of many world-famous novels such as Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, and Emma, is a great female writer on a par with Shakespeare. This authentic and comprehensive biography presents a Jane Austen who knows the dark road ahead but still chooses to move forward.

The book tells a richer and more moving story than the movie and is full of the brilliance of female rationality. It is more precise and completely interprets a warm and beautiful Jane Austen. The movie mainly focuses on the part about love. This book has a more comprehensive description of Jane Austen’s personal life and is more realistic.


Persepolis book cover

“You are a free woman. Today’s Iran is not for you. I will not allow you to come back!”


Iran has long been associated with fundamentalism, fanaticism, and terrorism. Based on the “Islamic Revolution” background in Iran, the author narrates events such as the overthrow of the king and the Iran-Iraq war from an objective perspective. After the book was published, it successively won the Best Comic of the Year Award at the Angourin International Comics Festival in France and the Best Comic Award at the Frankfurt Book Fair in Germany and The Cannes International Film Festival Jury Prize.

This book is an autobiography of an Iranian girl, not a legendary figure. It is a black and white picture book, the style is simple, but the content is smart and wonderful. The heavy war and the brave girl are real.

After reading it, you will see the world differently.

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