It’s International Women’s Day

Happy International Women’s Day!!! Today we honour, celebrate, and remember the achievements of women around the world to the social, political, economic and cultural fabric of our society. The United Nations theme for this year’s International Women’s Day is “Think Equal, Build Smart, Innovate for Change” to “focus on innovative ways in which we can advance gender equality and the empowerment of women, particularly in the areas of social protection systems, access to public services and sustainable infrastructure.”

Status of Women Canada has resources and ideas to celebrate International Women’s Day under this year’s theme #InnovateForChange.

Events are taking place around the world to observe International Women’s Day. What do you have planned to mark this special day? Leave us a comment below or on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

From athletes to zoologists, Nobel laureates and women in STEM, women continue to shatter glass ceilings. Women also continue to experience discrimination, violence and exploitation. We are all part of the solution to achieve gender equality and opportunities for women to succeed.

We have put together books that celebrate over 200 women in different fields. These are stories of trailblazers, women who have risen to the occasion, and in the face of adversity, have achieved greatness. They are controversial, thought-provoking, and inspiring! We’ve also included books of fiction with lead female characters.

Art, Design and Architecture

Books and Literature

1. Alia Muhammad Baker in Alia Muhammad Baker: Saving a Library from War by Lindsay Bacher
2. Anne Frank in The Diary of a Young Girl
3. Harper Lee in Alabama Spitfire: The Story of Harper Lee and To Kill a Mockingbird by Bethany Hegedus
4. Jane Austen in Brave Jane Austen: Reader, Writer, Author, Rebel by Lisa Pliscou
5. Maya Angelou in Maya Angelou by Lisbeth Kaiser
6. Misuzu Kaneko in Are You an Echo?: The Lost Poetry of Misuzu Kaneko
7. Phillis Wheatley in My Name Is Phillis Wheatley: A Story of Slavery and Freedom by Afua Cooper
8. Pura Belpré in The Storyteller’s Candle: La Velita de Los Cuentos by Lucaia M Gonzaalez


Law and Politics

Music and Entertainment

1. Amalia Hernández in Danza!: Amalia Hernández and Mexico’s Folkloric Ballet by Duncan Tonatiuh
2. Celia Cruz in My Name is Celia/Me llamo Celia: The Life of Celia Cruz/la vida de Celia Cruz by Monica Brown
3. Florence Mills in Harlem’s Little Blackbird: The Story of Florence Mills by Renee Watson
4. Josephine Baker in Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker by Patricia Hruby Powell
5. Maria Anna Mozart in For the Love of Music: The Remarkable Story of Maria Anna Mozart by Elizabeth Rusch
6. Marian Anderson in When Marian Sang: The True Recital of Marian Anderson by Pam Munoz Ryan
7. Misty Copeland in Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina Young Readers Edition
8. Oprah Winfrey in Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History by Vashti Harrison
9. Sonita Alizadeh in 101 Awesome Women Who Changed Our World by Julia Adams
10. Xian Zhang in Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls by Elena Favilli

Pilots and the Air Force

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)

Social Justice


Collection of stories

Fiction with Female Lead Characters

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