Women take note and start reading

Late one night, I was online and came across a link to a Huffington Post piece someone had tweeted about. I followed the link and it took me to this amazing compilation of articles written by, about, and for women in 2012. It’s an eclectic list, covering a broad range of topics (although weight issues and body image seem to be an overly recurring theme). I had read some, heard about others, and a few were introduced for the first time. It struck me while checking out these pieces how many had direct connections to books. Some of them are written by published authors, and others are the basis for upcoming books.

Many are compelling, most well done (some very well done) and worth your time. I really enjoyed Emily Rapp’s piece, as well as the clever review of Tiny Beautiful Things by Anna Holmes, and Jessica Valenti’s piece about women’s desire to be liked. She also links to an upcoming book by Facebook senior exec Sheryl Sandberg, someone I’m so happy to see writing a book for women in the workplace – I talked about how great it would be for her to write a book years ago. And as a mom of daughters, I thought Jennifer Weiner’s piece addressed some important cultural issues about body image that are worth further exploration.

After you’ve taken a look, do you think there there articles here that you feel you’d like to see broadened to book length? I often look to articles for book inspiration, and this list makes me glad to do so. I read some of these articles into the night, and there were a couple that had a real emotional impact.

Good writing is infectious and makes you want to find more of it. These articles exemplify that. I love reading about women’s issues, our struggles, and our hopes for a better world. It makes me want to work harder to find important books that will change lives and inspire. Enjoy these pieces and let us know which ones affected you.


3 Responses to Women take note and start reading

  1. Katie says:


    Great job putting this list together. Each of these stories moved me in a different way.

    * “We help one another live and sometimes we watch – and help – one another die,” a quote from Emily Rapp in Female Friendship, is one of the most profound statements I’ve read in a long time. It resonated with me deeply since I’ve only begun making lasting friendships with women in the last five or so years. Growing up with only a father in the home, I didn’t know how to relate to women, and truthfully didn’t trust them for various reasons. After giving birth to my daughter, something seemed to reconcile in me. I have a group called the Spoonsters (we all have molded spoon rings) that gets together regularly and is committed to doing life together.

    *Dear Sugar, I could Really Use Your Help Here – “Get Over Yourself and Reach. Starting Now.” Best. Advice. Ever. When the author talked about humility, it reminded me of what C.S. Lewis quote, “humility isn’t thinking less of yourself, it’s thinking about yourself less (often).”

    *She Who Dies With the Most Likes Wins – every woman who has ever worked in the corporate world can relate to this, though I don’t relate with the term feminist. I guess because the word makes me feel like that’s just another box I’m supposed to fit into. But I love what Valenti’s saying here, “What’s better than being roundly liked is being fully known.”

    *Dear Lord, The F Word, by Jennifer Weiner brings back so many memories and so many fears. I have a little girl too, and though weight is not my struggle, I worry my daughter will have have to overcome some of the things I did growing up. It’s a harsh world and what we look like matters more than it should. I hope to teach her to be strong, resilient and to overcome herself so she can do great things regardless of what others might speak into her life.

    The first is probably my fave. There is something so beautiful about the tragedy in reality, especially when combined with a great love story.

  2. Anonymous says:

    What an intriguing list. Several of the articles sucked me in! It’s shocking (I supposed it shouldn’t be) to see how many of the articles focused on body image. It is sad to see so many conflicting messages thrown at women concerning what it important.

    “Can Modern Women ‘Have it All'”? Fascinating.

    Thanks for sharing!

  3. D.C. DaCosta says:

    I find this whole topic intriguing yet perplexing.

    Men’s magazines focus on facts: history, cultural, wine & food (with no diet advice), sports. Their general tone is, “Hey, guy, you’re pretty cool. Here’s some stuff to make you even cooler…not that you need it.”

    So many “women’s” books and magazines focus on “what’s wrong with you”.

    Do women have self-image problems that these articles address? Or do women have self-image problems BECAUSE they read these articles?

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