Women of the world – unite!

In honour of National Women’s Equality Day today, we’ve rounded up a collection of books, podcasts and films to make sure you’re feeling yourself today more than ever. Having a day dedicated to celebrating how proud we are to be women shows how far we’ve come, but we still have a long way to go.

If you don’t already know, here’s a little filler: August 26th is the day that the 19th Amendment officially gave women the right to vote nationally, after years and years of fighting for it. Now every year we have a day set aside to celebrate how badass women are.    

Let’s keep the fight going in their honour, so here are NGO Zine’s top recommendations which are sure to keep you busy…

 BANGIN’ BOOKS

1. Bad Feminist, Roxane Gay

A collection of essays to validate what some see as feminist flaws. It’s ok to sing along to offensive rap and it’s ok to love the colour pink and it’s ok to read Vogue.

 Reasons to read:

  • Learning to LOL at yourself is good for the soul
  • Being a bad feminist is better than not being one

NGO Rating: 4/5

 

2. Men Explain Things to Me, Rebecca Solnit

Thank Solnit for the term 'mansplaining.' Absolutely not a book to slander all men, but if the shoe fits...

Reasons to read:

  • Be ready to slay the next time you come into contact with mansplaining
  • Credits Virginia Woolf's classic feminism

 NGO Rating: 4/5

3. Feminists Don't Wear Pink and Other Lies, Scarlett Curtis

A collection of inspiring babes tell us exactly what the F word means to them. 

Reasons to read:

  • A perfect starter for those just getting into feminism
  • A sprinkling of salty humour goes down a treat

NGO Rating: 4/5

4. I Love Dick, Chris Kraus 

A woman living in her husband's shadow becomes infatuated with another man, Dick. She refuses to be stereotyped anymore and makes the brave decision to do whatever the hell she wants. 

Reasons to read:

  • Whip it out on public transport and watch people squirm, we dare you
  • Taking ghosting to a whole new level

 NGO Rating: 5/5

5. Everyday Sexism, Laura Bates

In a world obsessed with social media, Bates wants women to come together to fight sexism and put an end to normalised everyday sexual abuse. Where can we sign up?

Reasons to read:

  • Join the protest against sexism
  • Finding optimism in crappy situations is quite the talent

NGO Rating: 5/5

 

PODCAST FAVES

1. The Guilty Feminist, Deborah Frances-White

Who knew it could be so liberating to laugh at our flaws? All with a healthy dose of discussing current news and events.

Reasons to listen:

  • Think of your own ‘I am a feminist, but...’ - It’s therapeutic
  • Laugh your way through your morning commute

NGO Rating: 5/5

 2. The Receipts, Milena, Tolly T and Audrey 

A place where there is no filter. Love, lies, mistakes – be prepared for it all. Girl talk at its finest. 

Reasons to listen:

  • That BFF who always tells you how it is
  • Your very own virtual friendship group 

NGO Rating: 5/5

3. The Heavy Flow Podcast, Maisie Hill 

Answering questions that society has convinced you are taboo subjects. You have a heavy flow? Period pains? Postpartum depression? This is the place to get it all out. 

Reasons to listen:

  • Listen for the tune that sings ‘menstruation’ on repeat
  • Time to boycott anyone who refuses to accept that periods exist

NGO Rating: 4/5

4. She's All Fat, Sophie Carter-Kahn and April K. Quioh 

We STAN a body-positive podcast devoted to the plus-size community. Sophie and April are here to remove the uncomfortable stigma around the word fat.

Reasons to watch:

  • Promises chill vibes ONLY
  • Educational about plus-size fashion

NGO Rating: 4/5

5. The WANT Cast, Katie Horwitch 

If you’re wondering what WANT stands for, it’s ‘women against negative talk.’ Whether it’s body image, self-worth, relationships or your career, Katie is here to help you find the positives.

 Reasons to listen:

  • Be the best version of yourself
  • Saying Bye Felicia to the self-deprecating voice inside our head

NGO Rating: 4/5

 

FIERCE FILMS

On the Basis of Sex (2019) and RBG (2018)

Following the life and career of American jurist and equality advocate Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Watch the film or documentary (or both) to watch her tackle gender discrimination in the most badass way. 

Reasons to watch:

  • Scratch up on your feminist history
  • Watching women kick ass is always fun

NGO Rating: 4/5

© rbg film poster 

2. Thelma and Louise (1991) 

A fierce feminist cult classic. Two best friends abandon their mundane daily lives for a road trip that soon becomes an unplanned crime spree. No spoilers, but the ending is KILLER.

Reasons to watch:

  • BFF goals
  • Brad Pitt in a cowboy hat

NGO Rating: 5/5

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3. Erin Brockovich (1993) 

Throwing it back to the 90’s with this one. Who says you can’t wear a boob tube and a mini skirt and still be the best worker in the entire law firm? And it’s all whilst being a mum of two. So. Damn. Good.

Reasons to watch:

  • The biker boyfriend George is a total softy
  • Julia Roberts’ hair

NGO Rating: 4/5

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4. Legally Blonde (2001) 

Elle Woods is the ultimate gal who proved she don’t need no man. A middle finger to whoever says blondes are dumb.

Reasons to watch:

  • Elle Woods’ wardrobe
  • The bend and snap

NGO Rating: 5/5

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5. Bend it like Beckham (2002) 

A teen rebelling against her parents' religious views by joining a football team. 

  • Jess’ glow up
  • The questionable dance moves in the club scene

NGO Rating: 4/5

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It wouldn't be a true National Women's Equality Day without mentioning some women who continue to inspire us every day. So we've rounded up a few... 

6 BOSS BABES CURRENTLY KILLING IT 

Billie Eilish  

She’s not here for your negativity and she quite frankly doesn’t give a f*ck about what anyone thinks about her baggy clothes. Stereotypes can get in the bin.

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Jameela Jamil

The first to admit her own mistakes and the first to call out other people for their toxic behaviour. Diet shakes, appetite suppressants, portion limiting plates… She’s on a mission to get rid of it all and we are here for it.

© bbc

Greta Thunberg

Imagine being this much of an icon at 15 years old. A climate change activist and all-time living legend. She already has the Vivienne Westwood seal of approval.

© the independent

Emma Watson

 As if Hogwarts wasn’t enough of an achievement, Emma is also a UN ambassador, launched the HeForShe UN campaign and still found time to launch the feminist reading club Our Shared Shelf on Goodreads.

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Laverne Cox

Equal rights advocate three-time Emmy-nominated actress, Laverne is one of the few transgender actresses to receive such recognition. We also really want Sophia Burset to cut our hair in Orange is the new Black.

© billboard

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

The best thing about American politics since Michelle and Barrack Obama. She’s a badass, here to support women and minorities alike.

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