7 books that celebrate women as they are

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A very happy Women’s Day to all the lovely ladies all over the world! Remember that you are special, not just on this day, but every single one till the end of time.

This Women’s Day, I have a request to make. I sincerely hope that you will listen to my points before jumping to conclusions.

Let Women be Women

Nature has made men and women to maintain equilibrium in the society. Both of them have different roles; both of them are equally important for the balance. But please, just in the name of equality, let’s not push down women’s nature. Equality is the most essential, most necessary aspect of a cultured world. But equality does not mean ‘sameness’. There should be equality in rights, freedom and respect; but again, men and women are not the same. They are two poles of a magnet; they are DIFFERENT.

Women’s nature is of love, compassion, creativity, imagination and all the characteristics that are needed for a society that is devoid of war and hate. On the other hand, a man’s nature shows power, arrogance and a tendency to encroach. Now before assuming that I have lost my head, listen to this:

Both men and women have both of these traits. They are visible in every individual. A girl can be strong-spoken, she can be fierce. At the same time, a boy can be soft-spoken, he can be compassionate. But this is where we start showing our disdain on women’s traits. In the above case, the headstrong girl will be highly appreciated, and I have absolutely no problem with that. But why then, is the above-mentioned boy called a weakling? Why sometimes, the society starts calling him a girl? Are having women’s characteristics something to be ashamed about? Is expressing emotions so shameful? This is what we are doing. In the name of feminism (which I have no problem with as long as its context is right) we are humiliating women by slowly turning her into men. Again, LET WOMEN BE WOMEN because the world will be a torturous place without her.

Below are listed 7 books that celebrate women as they are:
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou:

I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings is a part of Maya Angelou’s autobiography. This part tells the story of eight-year-old Maya and her brother when they are sent to live with their grandmother. Her life takes a turn when she is attacked by a man several times older. The book is about how that incident changed and taught her. More importantly, how it freed her.

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A Woman Is No Man by Etaf Rum:

Eighteen-year-old Deya’s grandparents are on the look for suitors. Her mother had gone through the same, when she left Palestine to marry Deya’s father. They died in a car-accident, or so she was told until now. But the secrets around her parents’ death are slowly unfurling, making her question everything she knew till now. 

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A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf

This work by Virginia Woolf is an extended essay. It is based on a series of lectures given by the author at two women’s college at Cambridge University. A Room of One’s Own is categorized as non-fiction though the essay uses a fictional narrator and narrative to discuss about women as writers and characters.

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Not Without My Daughter by Betty Mahmoody:

Not Without My Daughter is a biographical account of the author where she and her family leaves America for a short time journey to Iran. After reaching there, she realizes she can’t go back. The only way out is an underground passage and her daughter isn’t allowed.

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The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood:

The Handmaid’s Tale is set in a dystopian world where women’s status has declined to just producing babies. The women don’t have a name, their identities are lost, their freedom taken away. In this regime, our protagonist reminisces what she has lost; remembering the life before.

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A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini:

This masterpiece by Khaled Hosseini is set in Afghanistan. The story starts before the rule of Taliban till the end of it. The tale is about two girls married to the same man and their defiance against him and opression. The book is brutally stark in the depiction of the condition of women at that time; sending chills down your body at every single page. It will shatter your heart.

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