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Best Reads for International Women's Day

With International Women's Day this Friday here are the best reads to mark the moment with.

Reaching Through Time by Shauna Bostock

The powerful story of a Bundjalung woman's journey to uncover her family history. Reaching Through Time reveals the cataclysmic impact of colonisation on Aboriginal families, and how this ripples through to the present. It also shows how family research can bring a deeper understanding and healing of the wounds in our history. Shauna writes, 'I am a proud Aboriginal woman who has always wanted to make a stronger connection to my cultural heritage. I experienced an inner yearning to find out about my ancestors and what they experienced in life. This is the story of my journey.'
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Good With Money by Emma Edwards

A game-changing guide to the psychology behind your spending habits, revealing how to manage your money without missing out on the things you love. Have you ever avoided looking at your banking app after a big night out? Placed an online order during a late-night doomscroll? Or felt helpless when your new budget simply failed to stick, despite your best intentions? If that sounds familiar, this is the book for you. Financial behaviour expert Emma Edwards will help you unpack why you're emotionally tangled with your money and look at what might be keeping you stuck. She'll teach you to reclaim your decision-making, deep-dive into your beliefs, identity and habits, and come out the other side feeling 'Good With Money'.
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Come as You Are by Emily Nagoski

After all the books, blogs TV shows and radios that have talked about sex, how can it be that we all still have so many questions? Come As You Are reveals the true story behind female sexuality, uncovering the little-known science of what makes women tick and, more importantly, how and why. Sex educator Dr Emily Nagoski debunks the sexual myths that are making women (and some men!) feel inadequate between the sheets. Underlying almost all of the questions we still have about sex is the worry- 'Am I normal?' This book answers with a resounding yes!
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Girls Don't Play Sport by Chloe Dalton

When Chloe Dalton was eight years old, she practised her goal kicks in the half-time break of her brothers' rugby matches, all the while telling impressed onlookers: 'Girls don't play rugby.' Sixteen years later, Dalton won Olympic gold playing rugby sevens for Australia and is now a fixture in the AFLW. In 2020, she started her news platform, The [Female] Athlete Project, because while women were achieving incredible things in sport, nobody was hearing about them. This book shines a light on the quagmires of respect, opportunity, representation and pay that stall womens teams' progress around the world. Girls Don't Play Sport is a manifesto exploring how we got to this point and asks where we need to go next.
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How To Think Like A Woman by Regan Penaluna

A critique investigating how four women philosophers persevered in an male dominated field. As a young woman growing up in a small community, Regan Penaluna daydreamed about the big questions: Who are we and what is this strange world we find ourselves in? In college she discovered philosophy and her work eventually led Penaluna to other women philosophers of the era: Mary Astell, Catharine Cockburn and Mary Wollstonecraft. These women rekindled Penaluna's love of philosophy and taught her how to live a truly philosophical life. She combines memoir with biography to tell the stories of these four women, weaving throughout an alternative history of philosophy as well as her own search for beauty and truth.
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The Joy Of Saying No by Natalie Lue

Follow author Natalie Lue's six-step plan to find your no so you can create healthier boundaries and reconnect with your values and authentic self. Are you still playing a role you learned in childhood to please others, such as the Good Girl/Boy, the Overachiever, or the Helper? Though these kinds of roles may have gained us attention and affection, they may have prohibited us from becoming our true selves. People-pleasing--putting others ahead of ourselves to avoid something negative or to get something we want or need--runs rampant in our society.
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Women Don't Owe You Pretty by Florence Given

Women Don't Owe You Pretty is the ultimate book for anyone who wants to challenge the outdated narratives supplied to us by the patriarchy. Through Florence's story you will learn how to protect your energy, discover that you are the love of your own life, and realise that today is a wonderful day to dump them.
Florence Given is here to remind you that you owe men nothing, least of all pretty. Warning: Contains explicit content (and a load of uncomfortable truths). This is the feminist book everyone is talking about.
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Invisible Women by Caroline Criado Perez

From government policy and medical research, to technology, workplaces, and the media. Invisible Women reveals how in a world built for and by men we are systematically ignoring half of the population, often with disastrous consequences. Caroline Criado Perez brings together for the first time an impressive range of case studies, stories and new research from across the world that illustrate the hidden ways in which women are forgotten, and the profound impact this has on us all. Discover the shocking gender bias that affects our everyday lives.
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Not Now, Not Ever by Julia Gillard

Ten years on from the speech that stopped us all in our tracks - Julia Gillard's misogyny speech. Where were you then? And where are we now? On 9 October 2012, Prime Minister Julia Gillard stood up and proceeded to make all present in Parliament House that day pay attention - and left many of them squirming in their seats. The incisive 'misogyny speech' continues to energise and motivate women who need to stare down sexism and misogyny in their own lives. With contributions from Mary Beard, Jess Hill, Jennifer Palmieri, Katharine Murphy and members of the Global Institute for Women's Leadership, Julia Gillard explores the history and culture of misogyny, tools in the patriarchy's toolbox, intersectionality, and gender and misogyny in the media and politics.
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