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15 Literary Heroines for International Women’s Day


For over a century, each year on March 8th, people all around the globe take time out to celebrate the work, struggles, and achievements of women. We remember and acknowledge with gratitude those who fought for us in the past and recognize we have a long way yet to go for equal rights. Feminists and allies worldwide pledge to continue standing up for women’s rights, and hold in their hearts and minds that we should all be feminists. With whatever skill sets, resources and tools available, all over the world, women and allies persist.

Here at AbeBooks we spend our days gloriously immersed in books. The ideas, stories, characters, history and possibility found in their pages are among the greatest pleasures of being alive, and so much of that comes from women. We choose to celebrate today by recognizing 15 (a drop in an ocean) literary heroines who, through books, have made a positive impact on the world somehow. Some are the fictional characters who inspire us, reassure us, and embolden us. Some are the authors who use their voices, talent and skills to shed much-needed light on the issues still facing women and girls today. Still others are the women who have used their influence, intelligence and resources to fight for women’s right to education, access to literacy, and more.

 

See the Whole List of Literary Heroines

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