Celebrating National Reading Month with stories about women

There are a million ways to celebrate National Reading Month with your friends and family . . . making time to read stories with your kids, cracking open that book that’s been on your bedside table for weeks, or joining a book club!

We’re celebrating National Reading Month with some additions to our Good Reads board over on Pinterest. We’re always adding inspirational reads that promote investment in women and social change to our board so be sure to keep up with our board for ongoing suggestions!

Here are a few of our favorites to add to your spring reading list:

If You Knew Me You Would Care, Zainab Salbi

If You Knew Me You Would Care is a collaboration between women’s rights activists, Women for Women International founder Zainab Salbi and photographer Rennio Maifredi. Together they traveled to war torn regions of the globe to seek out women who have been subject to the worst trials individuals must ever face, and yet overcame this adversity. This inspiring story is one of courage and strength and a compelling first-person account of what it means to be a powerful female survivor.

Half the Sky, Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn

From two of our most fiercely moral voices and Pulitzer Prize winners Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, Half the Sky is a passionate call to arms against our era’s most pervasive human rights violation: the oppression of women and girls in the developing world. By turning oppression into opportunity, lives are rebuilt and women are given a chance to thrive. “We believe that in this century the paramount moral challenge will be the struggle for gender equality around the world.”

Mighty Be Our Powers, Leymah Gbowee

In a time of death and terror, Leymah Gbowee brought Liberia’s women together–and together they led a nation to peace. As a young mother trapped in a nightmare of domestic abuse, Gbowee found the courage to turn her bitterness into action, propelled by her realization that it is women who suffer most during conflicts–and that the power of women working together can create an unstoppable force.

Global Girlfriends: How One Mom Made It Her Business to Help Women in Poverty Worldwide, Stacey Edgar

Seven years ago, Stacey Edgar had a $2,000 tax return and a deep desire to help provide economic security for women in need. She knew that of the 1.3 billion people living on less than $1 per day, seventy percent are women. What she didn’t have was a business plan. Or a passport. But that didn’t stop her from creating a socially conscious business that has helped poor women in five continents feed their families and send their children to school.

And of course, there’s nothing like a little candlelight to accompany a good book! We are proud to offer our Global Girlfriend State of Mind Set in the Prosperity Candle store. The purchase of this gift brings light to the Burmese refugee women who hand-poured the candle and the many women artisans from all over the world who are part of Stacy’s story. This gift set comes with a copy of Global Girlfriends, a burlap tote with the Global Girlfriends logo and call to action: start small. dream big. change lives. And on top of that, a travel tin quote candle hand-poured by Burmese refugees rebuilding their lives in Massachusetts. Overflowing with inspiration, celebration, and brighter futures, this set is a perfect way to celebrate National Reading Month and women around the world.

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