High schoolers on the cusp of adulthood are primed to tackle literature with more poignant themes and arguments for women’s equality. Here are three recommendations for books written by women, addressing important women’s issues, for high school students.
1. Define Normal by Julie Anne Peters
Define Normal is the unlikely friendship story of two girls—one punk and one preppy who come together over shared struggles and form a deep friendship. Peters’ popular novel reveals important truths around judging others based solely on their appearance.
2. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
Bronte’s most renowned novel is a must-read for high school girls. Dealing with several challenges, including an abusive aunt, unrequited love, and an ongoing quest for happiness and equality, protagonist Jane remains one of literature’s most endearing and loved female characters.
3. The Color Purple by Alice Walker
The Color Purple tells the story of “a poor, young, uneducated African-American girl named Celie who lives in rural Georgia in the early 1900s.” Throughout the course of her Pulitzer-Prize winning novel, Walker presents themes of racism, inequality, abuse, and more in a powerful way that high schoolers should examine.
Fostering an awareness of famous authors for young readers is a great way to help them develop a love and appreciation for reading, as well as to introduce them to important social, cultural, and political issues.
Looking for more great children’s book famous women authors? These books are all a part of Connections Academy’s approved book lists and represent the values, diversity, and standards that Connections Academy® instills in our online school curriculum. If you’re interested in learning more about Connections Academy and how it works, visit our program page here!