Get Inspired by these Influential Women Authors

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March is Women’s History Month and today, March 8, we celebrate International Women’s Day by sharing some influential women’s authors who inspire us. Learn more about these powerful ladies, read their books and be inspired.

Toni Morrison

Toni Morrison born 1931, is an American novelist known for being the first African-American woman selected for the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1993. She has received many literary distinctions, including the Pulitzer Prize in 1988, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2012.

“If there’s a book you really want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it,” said Morrison. She loved to read, but never intended to become a writer.

Recommended Morrison reads: Beloved, The Bluest Eye, and Song of Solomon.

Ann Patchett

Ann Patchett born 1963, was named by Time magazine in 2012 as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World. She is the author of seven novels.

In Patchett’s memoir Truth and Beauty: A Friendship, she explained that, “Writing is a job, a talent, but it’s also the place to go in your head. It is the imaginary friend you drink your tea with in the afternoon.”

Recommended Patchett reads: Bel Canto, State of Wonder, and Commonwealth.

Jodi Picoult

Jodi Picoult born 1966, is the author of 23 novels, five of which have become movies, and writer of five issues of the Wonder Woman comic book series for DC Comics. Her books are read worldwide and have been translated into 34 languages.

As an author, Picoult said that, “Many of my books come from what if questions that I can’t answers, things that I’m worried about as either a woman, a wife, a mom, an American.”

Recommended Picoult reads: My Sister’s Keeper, Nineteen Minutes, and her most recent novel Small Great Things.

Danielle Steel

Danielle Steel born 1947, has been published in 68 countries and in 43 languages and is the best selling author alive, with 390 consecutive weeks on the New York Times bestseller list.

Steel believes that, “If you see the magic in a fairy tale, you can face the future.”

Recommended Steel reads: One Day at a Time, The Mistress, and A Perfect Life.

Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou (1928-2014), has been awarded over 50 honorary degrees, including Lifetime Achievement Award for Literature, National Medal of Arts, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom. She is known as an American author, poet and civil rights activist. She published seven autobiographies, three books of essays, and several books of poetry, and was credited with a list of plays, movies, and television shows spanning over 50 years.

Angelou was known for saying, “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

Recommended Angelou reads: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, And Still I Rise: A Book of Poems, and The Heart of a Woman.