In honor of National Women’s Equality Day, we’re feeling empowered and shedding light on these six special books that celebrate women with honesty, integrity and the power to change the world.

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The Woman Who Would Be King: Hatshepsut’s Rise to Power in Ancient Egypt by Kara Cooney

In this enthralling biography of Hatshepsut, the longest-reigning female pharaoh in Ancient Egypt, we explore her rise to power. A master strategist, she used her political prowess to lead Egypt through one of its most prolific building periods.

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Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows by Balli Kaur Jaswal 

In this sexually liberating and light-hearted tale, with dark twists and scandals, readers first meet Nikki, daughter of Indian immigrants, who takes up a creative writing teaching job. Proper Sikh widows show up expecting to learn basic English, and because of a simple miscommunication, end up sharing the stories of their fantasies, memories and wildest dreams.

#GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso

Author Sophia Amoruso isn’t a typical CEO, and her life hasn’t followed a typical path to success. She’s written #GIRLBOSS for outsiders who are wandering that same less traditional path, filled with scandal, naysayers and heaps of the unexpected.

All the Birds, Singing by Evie Wyld

All the Birds, Singing celebrates independence, hope and resilience through our heroine Jake, who lives a life of solitude on a British Island with her dog and sheep. In spite of a hard past, she lives peacefully – until her sheep begin dying. Could it be a fox? The strange neighbors? Or something much worse?

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Race, gender, belonging and displacement are at the forefront of this story about two Nigerians who make their way to the U.S. and the U.K., living undocumented and uncertain in a new land. Fifteen years later they reunite in Nigeria – what has become of their relationship and passion for one another? What has become of their loyalty to their country?

She the People: A Graphic History of Uprisings, Breakdowns, Setbacks, Revolts, and Enduring Hope on the Unfinished Road to Women’s Equality by Jen Deaderick

Straightforward and dynamic, activist Jen Deaderick reminds readers that women still have a long way to go toward becoming equal citizens in America. Divided into 12 historical periods from 1776 to present-day, She the People explores the ongoing quest for women’s equality.

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