7 March, 2022
Autobiographies By Women
Autobiographies By Women

10 Uplifting Autobiographies & Memoirs By Remarkable Women

7 March, 2022
Autobiographies By Women

Prepare to be inspired…

If you ever think to yourself “I can’t”, think again. Women are capable of anything and everything, and if you needed to be reminded of that, these books can help. Ahead, we’re sharing our favourite inspiring autobiographies and memoirs by remarkable women who’ve shown incredible strength, determination and resilience in the face of oppression and adversity.

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Autobiographies By Women: We Have Always Been There

We Have Always Been Here: A Queer Muslim Memoir by Samra Habib

Samra Habib spent most of her youth searching for the safety to be herself – a queer Ahmadi muslim girl. Her parents ingrained in her the fear that revealing her identity could put her in grave danger. When she and her family moved to Canada as refugees, Samra began her exploration of faith, art, love and queer sexuality, overcoming bullies, racism, the threat of poverty and an arranged marriage. An inspiring testament to the power of fearlessly embracing one’s truest self, We Have Always Been Here is a must-read for anyone who has ever felt out of place.

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Autobiographies By Women: In Order To Live

In Order To Live by Yeonmi Park

In this poignant memoir, North Korean-born Yeonmi Park shines a light onto the darkest corners of her home country and confronts her own painful memories, from being sold into sexual slavery and suffering terrible psychological hardship, before finally making her way to Seoul, South Korea. Now a human rights activist working to bring attention to the oppression taking place in North Korea, Park’s testimony is heart-rending and unimaginable, but never abandons hope.

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Autobiographies By Women: I Am Malala

I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai

An obvious choice for this list, this 21st century classic details Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala’s courageous battle against the Taliban for her right to education. The memoir also provides a fascinating insight into day-to-day life in Pakistan under the regime, Malala’s relationship with her activist father, and the assassination attempt made against her when she was just 15.

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Autobiographies By Women: Girl Docoded

Girl Decoded: My Quest to Make Technology Emotionally Intelligent – and Change the Way We Interact Forever by Rana el Kaliouby

As a Muslim woman at the helm of a field that is still overwhelmingly white and male, Rana el Kaliouby is considered a rarity in both the tech world and her native Middle East. In this engrossing memoir, she takes us through her journey of personal transformation from being a “nice Egyptian girl” to learning how to express and act on her own emotions.

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Autobiographies By Women: The Girl Who Smiled Beads

The Girl Who Smiled Beads: A Story of War and What Comes After by Clemantine Wamariya

This riveting coming-of-age memoir follows Clemantine Wamariya’s childhood as a motherless Rwandan refugee, and how she eventually found safety and success in an unwelcoming America. Though far from a feel-good story, the Girl Who Smiled Beads reminds us to look beyond the label of “victim” and is a touching display of  how one’s imagination can transcend even the deepest injuries and aftershocks.

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Autobiographies By Women: More Than Enough

More Than Enough: Claiming Space for Who You Are (No Matter What They Say) by Elaine Welteroth

Part-manifesto, part-memoir, More Than Enough follows the career of Elaine Welteroth who became Teen Vogue’s youngest Editor in Chief at 29. The trailblazing editor, known for infusing social consciousness into the pages of the teen magazine, shares the struggles of being a barrier breaker and what it really means to come into your own.

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Autobiographies By Women: My Beloved World

My Beloved World by Sonia Sotomayor

In recounting her early life, the first Hispanic (and third woman) justice on the United States Supreme Court Sonia Sotomayor describes her childhood with an alcoholic father and overburdened mother, and how in spite of her circumstances, she pursued her dream of one day becoming a lawyer. Along the way, we see how she was shaped by her invaluable mentors, making her a beacon of hope for generations to come.

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Autobiographies By Women: Know My Name

Know My Name: A Memoir by Chanel Miller

Sexual assault survivor Chanel Miller, known to the world at the time as Emily Doe, shocked millions with her victim impact statement which went viral after it was published online by BuzzFeed. Here, she shares the aftermath of the assault and the trial, using the book as an attempt to reclaim her narrative identity and describe the trauma she went through after being referred to as “an unconscious intoxicated woman” in the press.

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Autobiographies By Women: Crying In H Mart

Crying in H Mart by Michelle Zanier

Written by the indie rockstar of Japanese Breakfast fame and author of the viral 2018 New Yorker essay of the same name, this heartwarming New York Times best-selling memoir is a beautiful tale of family, food and grief. The singer shares intimate anecdotes of growing up Korean American, and how her mother’s diagnosis of terminal cancer forced a reckoning with her muddled identity and brought her to rediscover the flavours, language and history her mother cherished.

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Autobiographies By Women: Nowhere Girl

Nowhere Girl: A Memoir of a Fugitive Childhood by Cheryl Diamond

“By the age of nine, I will have lived in more than a dozen countries, on five continents, under six assumed identities.” Nowhere Girl is an impossible-to-believe true story of one girl’s childhood growing up in a family of fugitive outlaws. Cheryl’s life as a young child is for the most part joyful and exciting, but things get darker as she grows older and she’s faced with the realisation that her life might be a big con.

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