For your Inspiration - 5 Influential Women Who's Books You Should Read

Recently I have made the goal to start doing more reading (outside of classes) on various topics that interest me.  With winter break coming up I've been getting a list of books that I'm hoping to grab a cup of coffee and snuggle up with. In my search I came across many books written by well known influential women, and I am excited to check a few of these women's books off my list !

~ Jane Goodall ~  

British primatologist, Jane Goodall, began her work in Africa with Chimpanzees in the 1960s. At the beginning of her scientific work, Goodall did not have a college degree. She worked mainly on the understanding of family and social dynamics of Chimp life. She documented behaviors such as "hugs" and "kisses" similar to that in human behavior. Goodall has won numerous awards for her research, and has been named a United Nations Messenger of Peace. 

In an interview with Ros Coward,  Goodall stated, " If you really want something, and you work hard, and you take advantage of opportunities and you never give up, you will find a way. "

She has written numerous books, the one I am planning on reading is Seeds of Hope, a book which depicts the role that plants and trees have in our world. 

~ Sally Ride ~
Sally ride was a physicist and an astronaut, and she was the first woman to go to space in 1983. Before her journey to space, Ride was asked questions in a press conference such as: "will the flight affect your reproductive organs" and "do you weep when things go wrong on the job?" Following her work at NASA, ride ran the California Space Institute, and founded a science program in which middle school programs were given access to images of Earth and the Moon taken in space.

Ride was quoted on being in science as a women stating, "For whatever reason, I didn't succumb to the stereotype that science wasn't for girls. I got encouragement from my parents. I never ran into a teacher or a counselor who told me that science was for boys. A lot of my friends did. " 

Read the Sally Ride biography by Lynn Sherr titled Sally Ride: America's First Woman in Space.

~ Aretha Franklin ~

Often referred to as the 1960's "Queen of Soul", Aretha Franklin is best known for songs like "Respect", "A Natural Woman", and "Think".  In 1987 she was the first woman to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, she has won 18 Grammy Awards, and has sold 75 million records worldwide. In 2015 Franklin preformed at the Kennedy Center Honors, former president Barack Obama stated after the performance, "American history wells up when Aretha sings."

Aretha Franklin was once recorded saying, "Be your own artist, and always be confident in what you are doing. If you're not going to be confident, you might as well not be doing it."

Check out David Ritz's biography Aretha Franklin, Respect

~ Amy Poehler ~
Actress, comedian, director, and producer Amy Poehler has not only won multiple awards but has recently founded the organization "Amy's Smart Girls." Dedicated to "helping young people cultivate their best selves," the organization is aimed at aiding youth deal with problems in a lighthearted and funny way. They encourage being weird and quirky, mostly just being yourself. 

About her organization "Amy's Smart Girls," she is quoted saying, " We wanted to celebrate the curious girl, the nonfamous, the everyday warrior." 

Make sure to check out Amy's book "Yes Please"

~ Maya Angelou ~
An American poet and civil rights activist, Angelou's works delve into her personal life, and are frequently used worldwide in education. Angelou wrote numerous TV scripts, documentaries, autobiographies, and plays. In 1993 Angelou recited her poem "On the Pulse of Morning" at Bill Clinton's inauguration, and the recording of the recitation won a Grammy Award that year.  

Angelou was quoted on women empowerment saying, "I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels. Life's a bitch. You've got to go out and kick ass." 

Maya Angelou wrote the book, The Heart of A Woman, where she recounts her life in California with her son and their big move to New York. 

Stay Inspired <3