International Women’s Day

Today is International Women’s Day! At Bookstr, International Women’s Day is all about celebrating women from diverse backgrounds, because feminism isn’t feminism if it isn’t intersectional!




Women have been the backbone of literature since the very beginning. The first ever novel, The Tale of Genji, was written by Murasaki Shikibu, a Japanese woman! Although women were pushed out of the publishing industry for a long time, they still found a way to contribute their voices. Women published under pseudonyms or had their husbands take credit for their work. Eventually, the industry opened up, and now women dominate in many genres.



It’s important to fill your TBR with diverse voices and explore different cultures and perspectives through literature. For International Women’s Day, we encourage you to celebrate women from all walks of life and add some color to your bookshelves. To help you out, here are 25 must-read female authors who are women of color, LGBTQ+, and/or disabled!

1. Angie Thomas
2. Brit Bennett
3. Cherie Dimaline
4. Chloe Caldwell
5. Gabby Rivera
6. Gabriela Mistral
7. Glennon Doyle
8. Haben Girma
9. J. Elle
10. Jenni Kleinman Berebitsky
11. Keah Brown
12. Lilliam Rivera
13. Maria Hinojosa
14. Mary Oliver
15. Natalia Borges Polesso
16. Natalie Diaz
17. Nobuko Yoshiya
18. Octavia E. Butler
19. Rebecca F. Kuang
20. Roxane Gay
21. Sabaa Tahir
22. Samantha Allen
23. Samantha Irby
24. Staceyann Chin
25. Terry Galloway