10 inspiring books by powerful female authors to read in honor of Women's History Month

This month, in honor of Women's History Month, we're celebrating some of the boldest and brightest female powerhouses of all time. Whether they're disrupting the beauty industry, staging a rebellion by merely their fashion choices or putting their words on paper, these are women have made their own individual marks on history. 

For us, there's no better way to honor Women's History Month, and International Women's Day on March 8th, than by commemorating the artists who have revolutionized and shaped the literary world. From Agatha Christie to Jane Austen, Rupi Kaur to J.K. Rowling, these female writers deserve a space on your bookshelf. 

Scroll through below to see who made our list of the most inspiring female authors the world has seen. Curl up and get reading. 

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Agatha Christie, And Then There Were None

“The whole thing is utterly impossible and utterly fascinating. It is the most baffling mystery Agatha Christie has ever written.” -- The New York Times
 

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Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid's Tale 

"A novel that brilliantly illuminates some of the darker interconnections between politics and sex . . . Just as the world of Orwell's 1984 gripped our imaginations, so will the world of Atwood's handmaid!" —The Washington Post Book World
 

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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Half of a Yellow Sun

“A gorgeous, pitiless account of love, violence and betrayal during the Biafran war.” —Time“Instantly enthralling. . . . Vivid. . . . Powerful . . . A story whose characters live in a changing wartime atmosphere, doing their best to keep that atmosphere at bay.” The New York Times

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To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee

 “A first novel of such rare excellence that it will no doubt make a great many readers slow down to relish more fully its simple distinction. . . . A novel of strong contemporary national significance.” -- Chicago Tribune

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J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

"Harry himself is the perfect confused and unassuming hero, whom trouble follows like a wizard's familiar. After reading this entrancing fantasy, readers will be convinced that they, too, could take the train to Hogwarts School, if only they could find Platform Nine and Three Quarters at the King's Cross Station." -- School Library Journal, starred review 

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Rupi Kaur, Milk and Honey

“Rupi Kaur has vision beyond her years … Her work is simply but powerfully expressed, and viscerally captures both universal human experience and the particular struggles of a young woman today." -- The Huffington Post

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Toni Morrison, Beloved

“Toni Morrison’s finest work. . . . [It] sets her apart [and] displays her prodigious talent.” —Chicago Sun-Times

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Maya Angelou, I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings

“I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings liberates the reader into life simply because Maya Angelou confronts her own life with such a moving wonder, such a luminous dignity.”James Baldwin

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Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice 

“The wit of Jane Austen has for partner the perfection of her taste.” Virginia Woolf
 

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Anne Frank, The Diary of a Young Girl

The new edition reveals a new depth to Anne’s dreams, irritations, hardship, and passions. . . . There may be no better way to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the end of World War II than to reread The Diary of a Young Girl, a testament to an indestructible nobility of spirit in the face of pure evil.”Chicago Tribune 
 

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