International Women’s Day – 8th March

Will You Help #BeatTheBias

International Women's Day logo

International Women’s Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating women’s equality.

Imagine a gender equal world.
A world free of bias, stereotypes and discrimination.
A world that’s diverse, equitable, and inclusive.
A world where difference is valued and celebrated.
Together we can forge women’s equality.
Collectively we can all #BreakTheBias.

Taken from the International Women’s Day website

A selection of inspiring quotes from women authors

“The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.”

Alice Walker

“You can do some rather extraordinary things if that’s what you really believe.”

Toni Morrison

“Beware; for I am fearless, and therefore powerful.”

Mary Shelley

“I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will.”

Charlotte Bronte

If you are feeling inspired by the words of these great authors, why not visit the Aquinas library and borrow a book by one of them. There is a range of titles available. We also have a variety of books that focus on inspirational women. Please see below for a small selection of available titles.

Selection of titles, focusing on inspirational women, available in the library:

Paula: My story so far by Paula Radcliffe

Book cover: 'Paula: My Story So Far' by Paula Radcliffe.

This is the true story of Paula Radcliffe’s Olympic record breaking achievements in long distance running. Which is even more remarkable because Paula has asthma. She has done a great deal of work raising awareness for asthma charities. The book covers the highs and lows of Paula’s sporting career. It is a truly remarkable and inspiring read.

Between the Lines: the Autobiography by Victoria Pendleton, Donald McRae

Book cover: 'Between the Lines: the Autobiography' by Victoria Pendleton.

“In 2005 Victoria became the first British female to win Gold at the cycling World Championships in 40 years. She followed it up with gold medals at the Commonwealth Games in 2006 and another World Championship in 2007.
Arriving in Beijing for the 2008 Olympic Games, Pendleton was on top of the world, taking Gold and joining the ranks of British Olympic heroes.
And then it started to go wrong.

Between the Lines documents the considerable lows as well as the highs and reveals what it took to turn her life around and achieve glory at London 2012.”

Becoming by Michelle Obama

Book cover: 'Becoming' by Michelle Obama.

Michelle Obama is one of the most iconic, and compelling women of our time. Michelle is the first African American to serve has first lady in the USA. – helping to create an inclusive, and welcoming White House. She is a powerful advocate for women, and girls in the United States and around the world.

I am Malala: the girl who stood up for education and was shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai and Christina Lamb

Book cover: 'I Am Malala: the girl who stood up for education and was shot by the Taliban' by Malala Yousafzai and Christina Lamb.

Inspirational true story of a young girl’s fight for education. In 2012, Malala miraculously survived being shot in the head by the Taliban. She is the youngest person to win the Nobel peace prize and has become a symbol of peaceful protest around the world.

Suffragette – Writer Abi Morgan and Director Sarah Gavron

DVD cover: Suffragette, written by Abi Morgan and directed by Sarah Gavron.

In 1912 London, a young working mother is galvanized into radical political activism supporting the right for women to vote, and is willing to meet violence with violence to achieve this end.

A drama that tracks the story of the foot soldiers of the early feminist movement, women who were forced underground to pursue a dangerous game of cat and mouse with an increasingly brutal State. These women were not primarily from the genteel educated classes, they were working women who had seen peaceful protest achieve nothing. Radicalized and turning to violence as the only route to change, they were willing to lose everything in their fight for equality – their jobs, their homes, their children and their lives. Maud was one such foot soldier. The story of her fight for dignity is as gripping and visceral as any thriller, it is also heart-breaking and inspirational. (Taken from IMDb)