8 Books Celebrating Women You’ve Gotta Read For Women’s History Month

A great book is pure magic. It can take you to different worlds, fill you in on a new perspective, teach you something new . . . the possibilities are truly endless. And, if you’re lucky, that book will be so good that you’ll lose track of time and let the book transport you. Women’s History Month is as good a time as any to pick up a great book and get lost in it.

Women’s History Month is all about celebrating the achievements of women throughout history and their contributions to society. Women create this world – literally and metaphorically. We are creators by nature, and we have a certain divine power. We are goddesses!

8 Books You Simply Must Read This Women’s History Month

This list of books embraces and celebrates goddesses, real and fictional, from all around the world. Happy Women’s History Month, everybody!

1. East by Edith Pattou

This light-reading adventure novel follows the fantastical adventure of Rose on her coming-of-age journey. Born in a mysterious storm, Rose has never felt like she was the person she was told to be. When tragedy finds her family, Rose embarks on an adventure of mystery, love, passion, and purpose with a white bear.
This book has been one of my favorites for a long, long time – I’ve read it several times through. The way Rose bucks what she’s been told about herself to find her own purpose has always inspired me.

2. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

I would be remiss not to include this book – especially since I’m hyped about the new season coming out. Margaret Atwood has a knack for illustrating dire dystopias, and she has beautifully depicted the grit, resilience, and determination of women in this book. If you love the Hulu series, do yourself a favor and read this book!
And, while you’re hanging out with Margaret Atwood, check out some of her other novels. You will absolutely not be disappointed.

3. Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg


Even if you haven’t read this book, you’ve probably heard “Lean In” being tossed around as a catchphrase inspiring women to go after everything they desire. This best-selling book celebrates women with ambition, and describes how we can powerfully harness that ambition.

This book is probably best known for its money talk. Sandberg aims to inspire women to ask for what they want, whether that’s starting salary negotiations or asking for a raise, rather than assume that they are being paid the same as their male counterparts.

4. I Don’t Want to Be an Empath Anymore by Ora North

This is technically a self-help book, but hold your horses because it’s so much more than that. I Don’t Want to Be an Empath Anymore is a great read for Women’s History Month because it helped me tap into my own wonderful, powerful feminine energy.
Ora’s no-nonsense approach to diving into messy emotions is equally comforting and inspiring, and she combines her insights with challenges for you to actually do the work along with her.
I reviewed this book fully! You can read it here.


5. How to Be a Woman by Caitlin Moran

This book had me belly laughing. A sort-of autobiography, Caitlin Moran dives into anecdotes from her own life to illustrate what it’s like being a woman in the modern world. She looks at expectations placed upon us and asks why they exist to begin with. For starters . . . what the f*ck is up with waxing everything??

6. Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling

I love Mindy Kaling, and her most recent book of essays is a fun little peek into her life. Through this book, Kaling explores contentment, belonging, and finding excitement in an on-brand, hilarious way. If you’ve ever felt like you were at a crossroads in life, this book is a hilarious take on one woman’s revelations at that very same crossroad.
It may be a guilty pleasure, but I find joy in keeping up with women I admire in Hollywood. If you like this book, I can also wholeheartedly recommend reading memoirs from Amy Poehler, Tina Fey, and anyone else who inspires you!

7. A Short History of Women: A Novel by Kate Walbert


This novel begins at the turn of the 20th century with the story of the suffragist Dorothy Townsend. Kate Walbert then follows Dorothy’s legacy down through five generations, starting with her daughter, Evie. We get a look at the struggles, trials, and challenges that these women faced in order to invoke real change in the world.
If you’re into activism and giving credit where credit is due, this book is great. It beautifully shows the legacy of our mothers and grandmothers, and the effect we can all have on future generations. What better subject to dive into during Women’s History Month?

8. Learn. Grow. Shift.: 30 Days of Personal Growth by Ashton August

To round out our Women’s History Month reading list, we have the first ever YogiApproved.com workbook written by our very own Ashton August. Learn. Grow. Shift. is an approachable, enjoyable, and effective tool for personal growth. It will help you establish positive habits, engage in self-reflection, and work through 30 days of learning, growing, and shifting in all areas of your life.
Dive right in and buy either the digital or paperback version here!

Happy Reading!

We can learn so much from the stories of other women. We can learn new perspectives and be inspired by the work of other badass women. This Women’s History Month, let’s make a point to support other women and remind ourselves of the work and sacrifices of generations before us.
Speaking of badass women, check out these 25 women who are making waves in the world of health and wellness. And, until next time, happy reading!

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Morgan Casavant

Morgan is a graphic designer and yoga instructor committed to inspiring compassion, balance, and centeredness - on and off the mat. She loves minimalism, the zero waste movement, and all the things working to protect the environment.


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