March 8th is International Women’s Day, a chance to really celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women around the world, while also advocating for the drastic need for greater gender equality.
As we celebrate International Women’s Day 2023, it is important to recognize the progress that has been made toward gender equality, while also acknowledging the work that still needs to be done.
We must continue to advocate for women’s rights and empowerment and work towards a future where all women can live free from discrimination and have equal opportunities to succeed in all aspects of life.
As we celebrate this, we’d like to highlight some incredible audiobooks and ebooks written by and centering women, narrated, and translated by women which explore these themes.
- In the five months from its creation to the Irish referendum vote on women’s rights to abortion on 25 May 2018, the Facebook page grew over 115,000 followers with an organic reader reach of over four million per week. RTÉ reported that it was stories in the anthology that influenced 43 per cent of voters to vote Yes to Repeal the 8th. – ‘In her Shoes’ by Erin Darcy
- Over 2,100 ratings and 300 reviews on Goodreads. Harrowing and haunting, a Gothic tale that is a strange cross between Daphne Du Maurier and Stephen King but will also intrigue readers of Silvia Moreno-Garcia and Diane Setterfield. – ‘The Vet’s Daughter’ Barbara Comyns
- Written by an award-winning Ghanaian-British filmmaker, shortlisted for the Branford Boase award 2018 and nominated for the 2018 Carnegie Medal – ‘A Jigsaw of Fire and Stars‘ by Yaba Badoe
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In Her Shoes by Erin Darcy
Narrated by Laurence Bouvard, Aoife McMahon, Caroline Lennon & Gina Burke
In early 2018, Erin Darcy created an online art project, In Her Shoes – Women of the Eighth, to safely and anonymously share private stories of the real and devastating impact of the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution of Ireland. In the five months leading up to the referendum on abortion, the project asked a simple question of undecided voters: put yourself in her shoes.
Here, In Her Shoes: Women of the Eighth reproduces thirty-two of those anonymous stories, representing the entire island of Ireland. Published with their authors’ consent, they are powerful testimonies to storytelling as salvation from heartache, stigma and threat. Together, they record lived truths previously omitted from history and signal a monumental change in the social landscape of Ireland.
Growing up in Edwardian south London, Alice Rowlands longs for romance and excitement, for a release from a life that is dreary and lonely. Her father, a vet, is harsh and oppressive; his new girlfriend, brash and lascivious.
Alice seeks refuge in fantasy, in her rapturous longing for Nicholas, a handsome young sailor, and in the blossoming of what she perceives as her occult powers.
One of the earliest works of feminist philosophy, ‘A Vindication of the Rights of Woman’ argues that women should receive a rational education.
A response to the educational and political theorists of the 18th century at the time, Wollstonecraft’s essay invites readers today to peek behind the scenes at the early fight for rights for women.
Whilst the term ‘feminist’ did not emerge until years after the publication – and death of Wollstonecraft – ‘A Vindication’ remains today an influential step in the advocacy for women’s education and equal social status.
A must-read for fans of Helena Bonham Carter and Carey Mulligan in Netflix’s acclaimed ‘Suffragette’ film.
A Jigsaw of Fire and Stars by Yaba Badoe
Audiobook ISBN: 9788728285855
Narrated by Nneka Okoye
Sante was a baby when she was washed ashore in a sea-chest laden with treasure. It seems she is the sole survivor of the tragic sinking of a ship carrying migrants and refugees. Her people.
Fourteen years on she’s a member of Mama Rose’s unique and dazzling circus. But, from their watery grave, the unquiet dead are calling Sante to avenge them:
A bamboo flute. A golden bangle. A ripening mango which must not fall… are these the missing pieces of the jigsaw which will reveal Sante’s story?
At the time of her death in 1815, twenty-nine-year-old Ellen Hutchins had catalogued over a thousand species of seaweed and plants from her native Bantry Bay. Ireland’s first female botanist, Ellen was a major contributor to nineteenth-century scientific discovery. And yet, like so many brilliant women lost in history, it is her personal story that will resonate today.
In her remarkable debut novel, Marianne Lee fuses fact with fiction to imagine Ellen’s rich but tormented inner life, repressed by the gender and class confines of her time. Unmarried, childless and sickly, Ellen is considered an ‘unsuccessful’ woman, dutifully bound to her family’s once grand and isolated estate, Ballylickey House. Still, she glimpses a happiness and autonomy she can never quite articulate as she reaches for meaning and expression, until the eruption of a long-simmering family feud and the rise of Ellen’s own darkness – her ‘quiet tide’ – will conspire to destroy her fragile future.
Lifting the Fire Hydrant Lid: a Female Firefighter Memoir by Kate Fullen
Narrated by Colleen Prendergast
A raw, eye-opening memoir from a North East firefighter, charting her journey into the male dominated heart of the British Fire and Rescue Service.
Lifting the Fire Hydrant Lid follows young, idealistic recruit, Kate Fullen, as she negotiates training school and settles into life on the watch. With incidents and routine tasks woven into the fabric of the story, it describes the consuming pressure, emotional turmoil and unpredictable nature of the job.
Utilising the rare perspective of a northern, queer, working-class female firefighter, Lifting the Fire Hydrant Lid examines the more intricate difficulties experienced by minority groups and gives a voice to a profession that is seldom heard and rarely seen.
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