International Women's Day 2021

By Icon Books

By Icon Books

To coincide with International Women's Day 2021, here are a dozen of our best books by women, and celebrating women.


Any commission we earn on sales made from this list is donated straight into the profit pool distributed amongst independent bookshops.

Five Rules for Rebellion: Let's Change the World Ourselves

Sophie Walker

£7.99 £7.43

An inspiring handbook for future rebels featuring interviews with incredible activists from around the globe, including Nimko Ali, Gloria Steinem and Shiori Ito. - 'Rousing, hopeful and important reading', Caroline Criado Perez

Testosterone Rex: Unmaking the Myths of Our Gendered Minds

Cordelia Fine

£9.99 £9.29

From the brilliant Cordelia Fine and the winner of the 2017 Royal Society Insight Investment Science Book Prize, Testosterone Rex combines evolutionary science, psychology, neuroscience and social history to brilliantly tackle the myths around sex, hormones and the brain.

Delusions of Gender: The Real Science Behind Sex Differences

Cordelia Fine

£9.99 £9.29

A modern classic from Cordelia Fine- 'could change how we view gender for ever', Viv Groskop, Guardian.

Feminism: A Graphic Guide

Cathia Jenainati, Judy Groves, et al.

£13.99 £13.01

A beautifully illustrated, graphic novel style guide to the history of feminism, from 16th century struggles against sexist oppression, to present-day conversations about #MeToo and women's rights in the Middle East.

Becoming Bulletproof: Life Lessons from a Secret Service Agent

Evy Poumpouras

£9.99 £9.29

One of our biggest hits of 2020- insights and advice from a former Secret Service Agent on how to live a more fearless life. Part memoir, part self-help manual, it's a timely guide to empowerment, mental strength, and overcoming fear and abuse- a guide to becoming bulletproof.

The Year of Living Danishly: Uncovering the Secrets of the World's Happiest Country

Helen Russell

£9.99 £9.29

One of our bestselling titles ever, a hugely enjoyable account of the year journalist Helen Russell spent in Denmark, trying to make sense of its status as the happiest country in the world. Recently fully updated to explore the changes that have taken place over the past six years. - 'A lovely mix of English sensibility and Danish pragmatism.', Sandi Toksvig.

Art is a Tyrant: The Unconventional Life of Rosa Bonheur

Catherine Hewitt

£10.99 £10.22

A biography of Rosa Bonheur, a pioneering figure in the 19th-century art world, who flouted gender conventions (she wore trousers!), and lived a life very much against the rules.

Jane Austen, the Secret Radical

Helena Kelly

£8.99 £8.36

A fascinating re-reading of Jane Austen, uncovering her as a radical, spirited, and politically engaged author, who wrote about feminism, slavery and abuse, among other things. Will make you want to dust off your copy of Pride and Prejudice!

Under the Lights and In the Dark: Untold Stories of Women's Soccer

Gwendolyn Oxenham

£9.99 £9.29

Deeply personal sports writing, a collection of interviews and stories about some of the world's best female football players, including Allie Long and Nadia Nadim. A real exploration of the highs and lows of the sport, touching on themes of discrimination, homelessness and motherhood.

Intelligence isn't Enough: A Black Professional's Guide to Thriving in the Workplace

Carice Anderson

£9.99 £9.29

The ultimate guide for Black professionals on how to thrive in the workplace, with tips on strengthening relationships, sharpening communication skills, and, ultimately, making an impact. From an author with a wealth of experience working for some of the world's best companies, and full of personal anecdotes and advice from Black business leaders across the globe. Publishing in April 2021.

Come Fly the World: The Women of Pan Am at War and Peace

Julia Cooke

£16.98 £15.79

An exhilarating portrait of Pan Am stewardesses in the Mad Men era. Lifts the lid on the hugely important diplomatic role these women played on the world stage, completely at odds with their hypersexualised stereotypes. Fun and engrossing- coming in April 2021.

Women in the Picture: Women, Art and the Power of Looking

Catherine McCormack

£12.99 £12.08

An incredibly timely and powerful discussion of the representation of women’s bodies throughout history in art and everyday visual media, this is John Berger’s Ways of Seeing for the #MeToo generation. Publishing in May 2021.

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