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International Women's Day


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Veronica, Queen's Square | February 1, 2022

International Women’s Day is celebrated globally on March 8. This year the Canadian Government has picked the theme Women Inspiring Women. This means we can celebrate all the women who inspire us by showing leadership in their day-to-day lives and helping to contribute to cultural, political, economic, and social areas in our society.

To celebrate International Women’s Day this year, we are hosting Eliza Reid, a Canadian and the First Lady of Iceland. Eliza promotes gender equality and volunteers her time for Red Cross and the United Nations.

She has a book coming out called Secrets of the Sprakkar, which looks at why Iceland is the greatest place to be a woman. The word Sprakkar means extraordinary or outstanding women, and in her book, Eliza interviews dozens of inspirational women. Eliza shows readers what it is like to move through the world as a woman through their stories and her own.

On Saturday, March 5, at 2:00 pm EST, Eliza will be joining us to talk about her book. To register, please click here.

There are plenty of books in our collection written by inspiring women. Here are a few that you may want to check out.



Secrets of Sprakkar by Eliza Reid

Becoming By Michelle Obama

Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay

We Should All be Feminist by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

In the Company of Women by Grace Bonney

Don’t Let it Get Your Down: Essays on Race, Gender, and the Body by Savala Nolan



I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

How Dare the Sun Rise by Sandra Uwurungyimana

The Voting Booth by Brandy Colbert



Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls

Little Leaders by Vashti Harrison

Ada Twist, Scientists by Andrea Beaty

The Proudest Blue by Ibtihaj Muhammad