International Day of the Girl

Girl reading a book

The eleventh of October marks the International Day of the Girl. It’s a day championed by the United Nations which aims to highlight and address the needs and challenges girls face, while promoting girls’ empowerment and the fulfillment of their human rights.

Education is one of the most solid pathways towards female empowerment, across the developed and developing world. The knowledge gained through education, along with the escapism afforded by books, cannot be taken away.

To mark the International Day of the Girl 2017, we’ve compiled a list of real-life accounts of trailblazing women who have altered our world, female authors whose work has smashed boundaries, and female characters who have inspired new generations of avid readers.

My Brilliant Career by Miles Franklin


Stella Miles Franklin is an Australian author who shot to fame with the publication of My Brilliant Career at the tender age of 21. Setting her novel in the Australian bush, Franklin presents a rebellious heroine, Sybylla Melvyn, whose ambitions challenge the status quo.

My Brilliant Career is considered an Australian classic, as much for its portrayal of early 20th century Australian life as its empowering plot.






Anne of Green Gables retold by Mary Sebag-Montefiore

Anne-with-an-E is a classic for a reason. She’s determined, ambitious, and entirely unpredictable. One of the reasons she’s so well-loved is that the red-headed girl is an excellent model for young girls  – Anne makes the world entirely her own.

“It’s been my experience that you can nearly always enjoy things if you make up your mind firmly that you will.” – Anne






The Anti-Cool Girl by Rosie Waterland

The Anti Cool Girl  has attracted high praise for shining a brutally honest spotlight on being female. It was shortlisted for the 2016 Indie Book Awards and for the 2016 ABIA Awards for Biography of the Year, and also shortlisted for the 2017 Russell Prize for Humour Writing. She was also the Winner of the 2016 ABIA Awards People’s Choice for the Matt Richell Award for New Writer of the Year.

An irrepressible, blackly comic memoir, Rosie Waterland’s story is a clarion call for Anti-Cool Girls everywhere. Waterland is everything you could be… if you released the shackles of whatever a ‘girl’ is supposed to be.

Give this book to your younger self.




Girls Can Do Anything: The Incredible Girl-o-pedia Of Astounding Achievements by Caitlin Doyle

The title says it all, really.

Girls Can Do Anything is the ideal book for growing girls’ and boys’ intellectually curious minds. It’s a deep dive into who got there first – from science & innovation, sports & endurance, arts & literature, politics & world-building, business & industry.

You’ll be swept up in the work of a female pioneer – or two – you had no idea about!




Tracey Spicer

The Good Girl Stripped Bare by Tracey Spicer

After following the unwritten rulebook for life in the spotlight, Tracey Spicer rejected all concepts of passivity, feminine submissiveness and apologetic ambition. Drawing from her experience as a female journalist in Australia, Spicer questions the existence of a system which disadvantages women.

Through The Good Girl Stripped Bare, Spicer destabilises the structural barriers facing women in the workplace and encourages us all to shake off the shackles of the good girl. It’s essential reading for the professional woman.


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