Stories of their Own – Our Pick for the Best Biographies All Women Need to Read
Since the theme of International Women’s Day this year is Be Bold for Change, we’ve made a list of 5 Canadian women who are boldly stepping into their power to improve the lives of women and girls in Canada, and around the world.
Fearless as Possible (Under the Circumstances) by Denise Donlon
Denise Donlon is a celebrated Canadian business woman, feminist, broadcaster, and social activist. From Much Music to Sony Music Canada, where as the company’s first female president she endured the music industry’s biggest blow — the rise of digital pirated downloads — her story is one of innovation, endurance, and resilience. Fearless as Possible is a compelling, humorous, and unflinchingly honest nod to both Donlon’s impressive career accomplishments and admirable integrity, heart, and humility.
Settle for More by Megyn Kelly
Highly respected news anchor Megyn Kelly has become a household name in recent years as one of Donald Trump’s many targets throughout his presidential campaign. In Settle for More, Kelly addresses the feud and the perseverance that was required of her to make it through. She takes us back to where that perseverance was born, an upbringing characterized by high expectations and bruised by the loss of her father, shedding light on how these events shaped the trajectory of her successful career in journalism, her courageous attitude, and helped form the motto she now lives by: “Settle for more.”
My Own Words by Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Ruth Bader Ginsberg became an American Supreme Court Justice in 1993, and over two decades later, we finally get a glimpse at her fascinating life, in her own words. My Own Words is a collection of Justice Ginsberg’s writing that demonstrates the impact she has had on American law, women’s rights, and popular culture through her trademark humour, wit, and intellect. Each piece is forwarded by her biographical team, providing context and memorable quotes, insight sure to give credibility to the aspirations of women looking to make an impact on any country’s judicial system.
100 Accomplished Black Canadian Women by Dr. Jean Augustine, Dauna Jones-Simmonds, Denise O’Neil Green
100 Accomplished Black Canadian Women illuminates many of Canada’s untold stories, celebrating the careers and social, educational, political, and professional achievements of our country’s black women, each of whom is a leader in supporting the efforts of black women and girls. The co-authors themselves — the Honourable Dr. Jean Augustine, Dauna Jones-Simmonds, and Dr. Denise O’Neil Green — lead diversity-driven careers, impacting the way Canadian politics, businesses, and educational institutions address the topic of intersectional diversity. Most importantly though, the book serves as a blueprint of success for young women from all walks of life, inspiring them to fulfill their own untapped potential.
In the Company of Women: Inspiration and Advice from over 100 Makers, Artists, and Entrepreneurs by Grace Bonney
This collection features the stories of over 100 diverse women, outlining what it means to step into the creative and entrepreneurial pursuit you’re meant for. It is a manual for the modern career-woman, setting examples, illuminating pathways, and providing the tactical advice to making it, wherever you want to go. With original photography of the featured women in their own work spaces, In the Company of Women truly paints a picture of what success can look like, while still providing room for your own inspired interpretation.
Relentless Spirit: The Unconventional Raising of a Champion by Missy Franklin
Persistence, strength, and bravery in the face of adversity define this six-time Olympic medalist’s journey to gold. At just 21, Missy Franklin’s reflections on her success are relatable to fellow young women. Contributions from her parents, D.A. and Dick Franklin, shed light on what it was like raising a future champion, and how they as a family rallied around the young athlete to encourage and support her way to the top. Through Relentless Spirit Franklin encourages young dreamers to channel just that: their own relentless spirit.