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Women’s Rights

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Book Recommendations


  • Adult
    • The Caged Virgin: An Emancipation Proclamation for Women and Islam by Ayaan Hirsi Ali
    • Beyond Access: Transforming Policy and Practice for Gender Equality in Education by Sheila Aikman
    • Bitter Roots, Tender Shoots: The Uncertain Fate of Afghanistan’s Women by Sally Armstrong
    • Rape: A History from 1860 to the Present by Joanna Bourke
    • Nine Parts of Desire: The Hidden World of Islamic Women by Geraldine Brooks
    • The Body Project: An Intimate History of American Girls by Joan Jacobs Brumberg
    • Fasting Girls: The History of Anorexia Nervosa by Joan Jacobs Brumberg
    • Created Equal: Voices on Women’s Rights by Anna Horsbrugh-Porter
    • Murder in the Name of Honor by Rana Husseini
    • Why Women Should Rule the World by Dee Dee Myers
    • Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn
    • Female Chauvinist Pigs: Women and the Rise of Raunch Culture by Ariel Levy
    • The Morning After: Sex, Fear, and Feminism by Katie Roiphe
    • Last Night in Paradise: Sex and Morals at the Century’s End by Katie Roiphe
    • Ending Violence Against Women: A Challenge for Development and Humanitarian Work by Francine Pickup, Suzanne Williams and Caroline Sweetman
    • Odd Girl Out: The Hidden Culture of Aggression in Girls by Rachel Simmons
    • Inside the Gender Jihad: Women’s Reform in Islam by Amina Wadud
    • The Purity Myth: How America’s Obsession with Virginity is Hurting Young Women by Jessica Valenti
    • Life with Billy by Brian Vallee
    • The War on Women by Marilyn French
    • Broken Bodies, Broken Dreams: Violence Against Women Exposed — United Nations
    • Reviving Ophelia: Saving the Selves of Adolescent Girls by Mary Pipher
    • Ophelia Speaks: Adolescent Girls Speak About their Search for Self by Sara Shandler
    • Veiled Sentiments: Honor and Poetry in a Bedouin Society by Lila Abu-Lughod
    • Under the Bridge by Rebecca Godfrey
    • My Little Red Book by Rachel Kauder Nalebuff
    • Dropped Threads by Carol Shields
    • Dropped Threads 2 by Carol Shields and Marjorie Anderson
    • Dropped Threads 3 by Marjorie Anderson
    • If I am Missing or Dead: A Sister’s Story of Love, Murder, and Liberation by Janine Latus
    • Don’t Tell Mummy by Toni Maguire
    • When Daddy Comes Home by Toni Maguire
    • Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi
    • Things I’ve Been Silent About by Azar Nafisi
    • Leap of Faith: Memoirs of an Unexpected Life by Queen Noor
    • Reconciliation: Islam, Democracy, and the West by Benazir Bhutto
    • Daughter of Destiny: An Autobiography by Benazir Bhutto
    • In the Land of Invisible Women: A Female Doctor’s Journey in the Saudi Kingdom by Qanta Ahmed
    • Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali
    • I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
    • Tears of the Desert by Halima Bashir
    • Loose Girl: A Memoir of Promiscuity by Kerry Cohen
    • Iran Awakening: One Woman’s Journey to Reclaim Her Life and Her Country by Shirin Ebadi
    • Daughter of Persia: A Woman’s Journey from Her Father’s Harem through the Islamic Revolution by Sattereh Farman Farmaian
    • Prisoner of Tehran: One Woman’s Story of Survival Inside an Iranian Prison by Marina Nemat
    • She’s Not There: A Life in Two Genders by Jennifer Finney Boylan
    • Do They Hear You When You Cry by Fauziya Kassindja
  • Young Adult

    • Middle Grade

      • Picture Books


        • Adult
          • A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
          • Sister of My Heart by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
          • The Birth of Venus by Sarah Dunant
          • Sacred Hearts by Sarah Dunant
          • The Swallows of Kabul by Yasmina Khadra
          • The Toss of a Lemon by Padma Viswanathan
          • So Vast the Prison: A Novel by Assia Djebar
          • Women of Algiers in their Apartments by Assia Djebar
        • Young Adult
          • Middle Grade
            • Picture Books

              Media Recommendations

              Websites & Blog Recommendations

              Women for Women International — supports women in war-torn regions with financial and emotional aid, job-skills training, rights education and small business assistance so they can rebuild their lives.

              Terrorism that’s Personal — an article by Jim Verhulst with photographs by Emilio Morenatti of the results of acid attacks on women in Pakistan.

              Women ONE2ONE

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