Christmas Book Recommendations

WISH decided to inspire you with a book list, women's rights edition, to give you ideas for Christmas presents this year.

We hope you enjoy it!

Invisible Women - Exposing data bias in a world designed for men,

by Caroline Criado Perez

London-based journalist, activist and author Caroline Criado Perez reveals the often unseen gender-based biases in our day-to-day life.

From technology to government politics to medical research and more, the consequences of a world designed by and for men range from hilarious to horrifying.

If you want to learn more about the deep roots of gender-based discrimination of society, this is the book for you.

Cassandra Speaks - When women are the storytellers, the human story changes,

by Elizabeth Lesser

The tales and myths that shaped our culture say a lot about our modern society. Yet, the female characters are rarely given the space to express their point of view, let alone tell the story for themselves.

Cassandra, Pandora, Eve... women have historically been portrayed as "fickle, sinful and untrustworthy", in Lesser's words, this narrative having a major impact on our worldview. 

The values and priorities of humankind have been painted and imagined by men. What world would we live in if women had been the storytellers?

Dare To Lead - Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts.,

by Brené Brown

Someone who takes responsibility for finding the potential in people and processes, and has the courage to develop that potential. This is how Brené Brown defines the word leader.

 

This book is about redefining leadership and reincorporating a long forgotten notion in the workplace - emotions.

 

Empathy and courage are placed at the center of this book, that will change the way you view leadership and management. What if instead of pushing people to be machines, we exploited the full potential of our humanity?

We Should All Be Feminists,

by Chimamanda Ngozi Achidie

We Should All Be Feminists is a book length essay adapted from Adichie's TEDx Talk of the same name, which earned over 6 million views.

 

The book is critical of the way gender roles are constructed, refraining people from unleashing and exploiting their whole potential. Adichie explains that feminism is not only a commitment to women's liberation, but also a way of encouraging men to hold important conversations with women on sexuality, appearance, roles, and success.

In essence, feminism allows people to be who they want to be without imposing restrictions to their growth, thus liberating them from the social stigma of traditional gender constructs.

Women Don't Owe You Pretty,

by Florence Given

Women Don't Owe You Pretty is the perfect book for anyone wishing to grow and rethink the way they view themselves in our society.

An accessible leap into progressive feminism, Given explores all corners of the conversation like sexuality, gender, race, and many others.

 

This book is for anyone, regardless of their personal journey. From insecurity projection to internalized misogyny, from the male gaze to recognizing your own privilege, WDOYP will trigger important reflexions and discussions, as well as give you the tools to improve your relationships with others and with yourself.

 

Are you ready to be the best version of yourself?

Girl, Decoded,

by Rana el Kaliouby

Girl, Decoded is, in El Kaliouby's words, "a scientist's quest to reclaim our humanity by bringin emotional intelligence to technology".

 

This book explains how most of our communication, relying on expressions, non-verbal cues, etc, is lost through modern technology. This results in a digital universe stripped of humanity and emotional intelligence.

 

In this intimate memoir, El Kaliouby retraces her own growth, a personal journey entangled with the shortcomings and advances of technology.The storylines reveals how perhaps in order to tackle the issue of emotional blindness in technology, we might first need to learn how to decode ourselves.

The Girls of Atomic City,

by Denise Kiernan

The Girls of Atomic City tells the "untold story of the women who helped win World War II".

As WWII was at its peak, a secret project in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.

 

They participated to a secret project no one knew about. The city didn't even appear on maps, despite being grounds to schools, a newspaper,entertainment centers, restaurant, cafeterias, and consuming more electricity than the city of New York.

 

Kiernan follows the story of several women revealing their courage and resilience, as well as the valuable roles they ended up playing in this project.

 

If you are interested in history, this book is for you!

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