by Kayla Snow
Women have taken the literary world by storm within the last decade; gaining traction in areas like self-help and self-empowerment. We have all seen these books flying off the shelves and giving platforms to well-established and powerful female authors. We think of Glennon Doyle with her novel Untamed and how many lives may have been impacted and changed by reading her words. These self-told stories are truly an amazing way for women to share their experiences and hopefully connect with a wide variety of women to help them feel heard and seen.
So, in honor of Women’s History Month, let’s highlight 3 female authors whose storytelling has made a significant impact across a variety of communities!
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
A female author from Nigeria who wrote her novel,“Americanah”, in 2013 that discusses and addresses stories of racial discrepancies and the female experience. She was told that her story was a “feminist” contribution, which she discovered was meant to be an insult. A journalist later shared with her that she became a feminist because she must have been corrupted by the Western culture. She decided to change the script but keep with the theme and spoke on her experience in her Ted Talk, “I Decided to Call Myself a Happy Feminist,” where she uses wit and intellect to share her personal stories with us.
A female author, originally from Iran who later settled in England, whos’ work earned her a Nobel Prize in literature. Her novel, “The Golden Notebook” is thought to be one of the key texts to the women’s movement in the 1960’s. This book follows the journey of a young
woman in the 1950’s struggling to navigate her personal, political and professional life as a single mother. Although today’s world may look different, the life lessons for womanhood are timelessly relevant. Her story utilizes multiple journals that she writes in that are for the various aspects of her life and depicts a “golden notebook” where all things become tied together. We could all use a little help in trying to connect the dots in our lives, which is one of the reasons her novel was thought to be so uniquely written!
Did you know Lessing was only the 11th female winner in 104 years of the prizes’ history?!
A female author from Japan who is on the New York Times Best Seller list with her work. Her preferred pen name is Banana Yoshimoto and one of her most popular novels, “Kitchen,” is set in contemporary Japan for young women. Yoshimoto is known for her character building due to the fact that she includes representation of the LGBTQ+ community in her novels. This was thought to be ahead of her time and can be seen in her work regularly by depicting a mother character as a biological father in drag or a character having a queer identity. Reviews often highlighted this because they believed she did it so effortlessly and that it “portrayed them as they are, people.”
Seeing advocacy within written work is beautiful and reminds us of the continued push forward in regard to societal change. We can do this by uplifting a variety of voices in literature and then promoting accessibility to these stories. Simply sharing a book with a friend, discussing things you have read recently or sharing an online accessible source with someone are ways in which we can keep storytelling sustainable AND accessible to a wide variety of people.
But where do I start!?
One way Lum A Terra hopes to be a part of these efforts is by hosting our Book Swap, “The Page Turners!” This event is meant to build up the community and provide a sustainable way for folks to share their favorite books. We will provide snacks, goodies and an area for you to get creative and chat. We encourage you to bring blankets or chairs, but we will have some laid out already to make things convenient!
This month’s theme: Women’s empowerment
Tickets are $10 and can be bought here.
*Ticket price will go towards snacks, goodies and crafts*
We hope to see you there, let’s turn some pages!