There is nothing like gifting a book to your loved ones, especially when it is something inspiring by women for women. In today’s age of instant gratification and technology, few still uphold the love of reading, but these books have the power to convert anyone.
- Grace Hopper and the Invention of the Information Age by Kurt Beyer
For those who don’t know who Grace Hopper is, they better get to know her ASAP. This queen of STEM with all the multi-disciplinary talents is someone every woman should know, from children to the elderly. She is often referred to the patron saint of women in technology.
- How to Be Everything: A Guide for Those Who (Still) Don’t Know What They Want to Be When They Grow Up by Emilie Wapnick
Wapnick probably read our minds when coming up with the idea for a book. Her website, Puttylike.com is an online community where people can share various experiences. She is also a TED speaker and her talk, “Why Some Of Us Don’t Have One True Calling” is something everyone should watch.
- The Power of Onlyness: Make Your Ideas Mighty Enough To Dent The World by Nilofer Merchant
Here, Merchant argues that anyone can change the world if one has the desire. Power, status and money are not always synonymous with doing something good in the world. The book is not only inspirational but is also a manual for women to know how to make a positive change in the world today.
- Hiding in the Bathroom: An Introvert’s Roadmap to Getting Out There (When You’d Rather Stay Home) by Morra Aarons-Mele
This is for introverts and for those who have them in their life. In a world where networking seems to be everything, coupled with social gatherings and business meets, sometimes all one wants to do is hide under covers. However, she perfectly sums up why and how you can put yourself out there without running for the hills.
- The Odyssey by Homer (translated by Emily Wilson)
It doesn’t get any more fascinating than this and those English literature buffs will just lap it up. This contemporary translation by a woman will surely disrupt literary translations and has been touted as radical and engrossing. A great way to escape into another world of Odysseus and his adventures, this is a must-have.
- Blast Off to the Moon! (Dr. Wonderful and Her Dog) by Lauren Gunderson
Finally something for the younger ones, award-winning playwright Gunderson has been named the most-produced in America in 2017. She is constantly inspired by women in STEM, to Shakespeare and our favourite, Jane Austen, of course. This children’s book was adapted from her highly successful musical, ‘The Amazing Adventures of Dr Wonderful and her Dog’.