TTT: Women who are or have been great leaders

Today’s Top Ten Tuesday is about characters that would be great leaders but I just had to make it about real women. It is a feminist book blog after all. Here is the official prompt:

November 7: Ten Characters Who Would Make Great Leaders (Leaders of what? That’s your decision. Who could lead a country, an army, a book club, a classroom, etc. Or maybe characters that would be trendsetters?)

I divided these amazing women into three categories.

Books that started a movement:

  1. The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir
  2. The Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedan
  3. Silent Spring by Rachel Carson – still on my TBR but one I hope to get to soon.

Women who started a movement:

  1. Malala Yousafzai – I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up For Education and Was Shot by the Taliban
  2. Leymah Gbowee – Mighty Be Our Powers:How Sisterhood, Prayer, and Sex Changed a Nation at War
  3. Rigoberta Menchu – I, Rigoberta Menchú: An Indian Woman in Guatemala
  4. Margaret Sanger – The Birth of the Pill: How Four Crusaders Reinvented Sex and Launched Revolution by Jonathon Eig

Books by or about women heads of state/government

  1. Ellen Sirleaf Johnson – This Child Will Be Great: Memoir of a Remarkable Life by Africa’s First Woman President
  2. Aung San Suu Kyi – Freedom From Fear and Other Writings
  3. Catherine the Great – Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman by Robert K. Massie

There are plenty more women who fit these categories, and with a little time, I’ll have read them too. My goal after the Nobel Women is going to be Heads of State/Government and then memoir around the world. As you can see, I haven’t even finished all of these.

Check out Broke and Bookish for lists of characters that would be great leaders or whatever variation bloggers choose.

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