Like many other women, I cried when I first saw the 2017 movie Wonder Woman. I still tear up when watching the Amazons fight on the beach, and sob when I see Diana cross no-man’s-land. This year’s blockbuster Captain Marvel promised to provide the same much-needed feelings of empowerment, and I was not disappointed. Watching women be physical on-screen, using their bodies for battles or physical achievements instead of mostly existing for sex or beauty, is unfortunately still a groundbreaking act in film. Luckily, there are many women in real life who have done extraordinary things that we can celebrate; they may not carry swords or be warriors from another planet like Wonder Woman and Captain Marvel, but as we know, heroism is not always about being the strongest person in the room. Here are nine books that celebrate the outstanding courage of just a few of many women who are heroes in their own right, and their heroism is absolutely worth reading about.
And cause Woman’s History Month is in full swing over here, you should check out 10 more reads about other inspiring women!
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