Running out for some last minute gift purchases? Here’s my pick of empowering books for the women in your life, both tiny and grown-up, that you still have time to purchase and wrap before the big day!For little athletes: Women in Sport: Fifty Fearless Athletes Who Played to Win
A beautiful collection of stories about female athletes accompanied by quaint illustrations and inspiring quotes. Featuring a diverse range of athletes including Paralympians and women who have overcome all manner of challenges to chase their dreams – perfect for future Olympians.
And for grown–up athletes: My Fight Your Fight: The Official Ronda Rousey autobiography
Love her or hate her, Rousey made herself a household name and completely redefined the world of mixed martial arts, and not just for women. Until recently Rousey was undefeated with an impressive fight record. My fight, your fight is a compelling narrative of resilience, insolence and a fiery refusal to accept the status quo.
For tiny stargazers: A Galaxy of Her Own: Amazing Stories of Women in Space
Fifty stories of unsung female heroines to infinity and beyond. Accompanied by striking art work from students at London College of Communication, this book will have little explorers gazing at the stars with the power of possibility behind them.
And for grown-up star gazers: This Book Is a Planetarium: And Other Extraordinary Pop-Up Contraptions
A fantastic example of how the magic of books can infect all of us, this book shows us that what we expect from books is not nearly ambitious enough. Raising the bar for books everywhere, this fully interactive, expertly constructed part book, part art exhibition will have even the most disillusioned space enthusiasts reaching for their coats and heading into the night armed with a newly recaptured sense of wonder.
For tiny girls with big dreams: Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls
100 bedtime stories that ask the question, what would happen if the princess didn’t marry the prince but changed the world instead? Featuring women from throughout history who left their mark on the world from Coco Chanel to Simone Biles. After one the most successful Kickstarter campaigns and critical acclaim, Rebel Girls is back with volume II, a curated collection of stories suggested by the Rebel Girls community from Beyoncé to Amna Al Haddad, a kick ass Emarati weightlifter. A welcome reminder that you can be anything you want to be.
For grown–up girls with big dreams: The Female Lead: Women Who Shape Our World
The perfect coffee table book to show the world that you mean business. Created by a non profit led by Edwina Dunn, this book hopes to highlight the lesser know successes of women in industry in order to encourage others. With research indicating that a lack of successful female role models acts as a barrier to raising aspirations and ambitions, The Female Lead hopes to provide this access and effect change. As if you need any more convincing, the publisher is giving away 1000s of copies of the book to schools in the UK and the USA – nominate a school here.
For tiny trailblazers: Anne of Green Gables: V&A Collector’s Edition
A fictional story of a couple who want to adopt a boy but are sent a girl instead. This story follows the journey of acceptance as her imaginative and fiery personality wins them around while overcoming a lack of self esteem and distaste for her red hair. This children’s classic has been released with a beautiful new cover courtesy of the V&A museum.
And for grown-up trailblazers: The Power: WINNER OF THE 2017 BAILEYS WOMEN’S PRIZE FOR FICTION
This novel challenges perspectives by presenting a dystopian matriarchy instigated by the awakening of electrical energy in young girls. Developing into a dark exploration of power and its potential for abuse, this novel will provoke conversations and debate. With high praise from Margaret Atwood, author of The Handmaid’s Tale, Alderman thrusts herself to the forefront of modern feminist literature.
Spot something which would bring joy to a woman in your life? The good news is that all of these books are available for delivery on Amazon prime, and most are available for click and collect at Waterstones. You can still get them in time for Christmas, and if not, why wait for Christmas to gift a great book? Any other favourites? Recommendations welcomed in the comments section.