12 amazing books starring women

This month, March, when “International Women’s Day” is celebrated, we list 12 books starring female characters for you to be inspired.

Considering that the year “only starts when Carnival ends”, you can read one a month and learn more about the importance of women’s struggle on aspects such as gender, class and race in society.

12 books with strong women

1. the great friend — Elena Ferrante

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Lila and Lenu are friends and live in Naples (Italy) during the 1950s. The book the great friend is the 1st in a tetralogy by contemporary writer Elena Ferrante and shows both the conflicts and the partnership of the characters during challenging moments. The work inspired the HBO series of the same name, which premiered its third season in the last week of February.

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two. The Color Purple — Alice Walker

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Celie is an African-American woman living in the southern United States during the early 20th century. Raped by her father and husband, living a life of abuse and intolerance, she seeks relief by writing letters to her sister, dreaming of one day meeting her again. She inspired the film of the same name, which won the Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Drama for Whoopi Goldberg in 1986.

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3. Americanah — Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

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Two young Nigerians live a love story and face a critical period under a military rule. Young Ifemelu moves to the United States in search of better opportunities, where she will face problems for being an immigrant, black and female. After 15 years, she returns to her homeland and struggles to understand her place in Nigeria and in the life of her former love.

4. Anne of Green Gables — LM Montgomery

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Anne is a young orphan adopted by a couple of brothers from Green Gables, where she will prove to be ahead of her age and her time, captivating everyone with her enchanted universe. The novel inspired the Netflix series Anne With An E which has three seasons and has left a crowd of fans in love with the inspiring Anne.

  • Buy the Anne of Green Gables Collection here.

5. The Handmaid’s Tale — Margaret Atwood

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Depicting a dystopian future where women are subjected to a military dictatorship based on distorted theocratic concepts, June, the main character, has as main function to generate children for elite couples of a patriarchal and abusive nation.

The novel inspired the series The Handmaid’s Tale, winner of the Golden Globe for Best Drama Series and Best Actress in a Drama. Season 5 is expected to be released later this year.

  • Buy The Handmaid’s Tale on here.

6. Kindred — Octavia Butler

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The science fiction book tells the story of an African-American writer who travels back in time to pre-civil war Maryland—a dangerous place for a black woman. Along the way, Dana meets her enslaved ancestors while facing the difficulties of a person whose lineage has been erased.

7. little women — Louisa May Alcott

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The autobiographically inspired book presents the story of Jo March and her sisters, who suffer from post-war poverty. The novel inspired the movie lovely womenwinner of an Oscar in 2019 for “Best Costume”, and stars big names such as Meryl Streep, Saoirse Ronan, Florence Pugh, Emma Watson and Laura Dern.

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8. Women, Race and Class — Angela Davis

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Philosopher Angela Davis, one of the leading names in the feminist movementtraces in chronological order the difficulties of the black population even after the abolition of slavery.

Promoting reflections on the oppressive system and power relations in capitalism, the author discusses her ideals while addressing topics such as slavery, mass incarceration of the black population, rape, abortion and domestic work.

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9. Women Myths and Goddesses: The Feminine Through the Ages — Martha Robles

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In an analysis covering some of the main female characters from the West, the book develops how the archetypes, myths and legends built around the figure of women reaffirmed machismo in culture, recovering the essence of the female role in the world.

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10. Torto Arado — Itamar Vieira Junior

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The Brazilian book presents the story of Bibiana and Belonisia, who live in the Bahian sertão in a post-slavery abolition Brazil. Daughters of farm workers, the sisters come into conflict when one decides to fight for their emancipation, and then they have to separate.

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11. Reason and sensibility — Jane Austen

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The novel takes place in an aristocratic and patriarchal setting where 2 sisters have to deal with feelings and obligations of the time, such as marriage, even without agreeing. The work inspired the modern classic released in 1995 starring Emma Thompson, Kate Winslet, Hugh Grant and Alan Rickman.

  • Buy Sense and Sensibility here.

12. Let’s all be feminists — Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

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The Nigerian author uses a didactic discourse to emphasize the importance of the feminist movement in society negatively affected by machismo, including for the male audience.

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