The Style List: 29 empowering stories about and by brilliant women

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Stylist collaborated with guest-editors Hillary and Chelsea Clinton to share our favourite books by and about inspiring women. 

Something caught your eye in Hillary and Chelsea Clinton’s edit of Stylist magazine?

We’ve saved you the stress of heading to the shops – simply click on an item in the gallery below, and shop the full list from the comfort of your computer.

  • Hunger

    TRUTH TO POWER

    Roxane Gay’s deeply moving memoir about the trauma and judgment of women’s bodies is a must-read for everyone.

    £8.99, Little, Brown

  • TRAIL BLAZER

    Leaving Saudi Arabia for the UK, Muslim feminist Zeba Talkhani explores what it means to forge your own path.

    £14.99, Hodder & Stoughton

  • LIFE AND TIMES

    As publisher of The Washington Post, Graham was instrumental in exposing the Pentagon Papers and Watergate scandal.

    £14.99, Orion

  • FEMINIST ICON

    Written in 1929, Woolf’s seminal work is a call to arms for women seeking financial and intellectual freedom.

    £5.99, Penguins Classics

  • SPEAKING UP

    Our guest columnist Mary Beard’s book is a fascinating insight into the cultural treatment of women who speak out.

    £6.99, Profile

  • IN HER WORDS

    Nobel winner Nadia Murad tells the harrowing story of how she lost her family and was sexually enslaved by Isis.

    £9.99, Virago

  • BOSS BARONESS

    The life of the great Lady Hale has just been released in picture book form to inspire the next generation.

    £12.99, Legal Action Group

  • THINK BIG

    One of Chelsea’s childhood favourites, A Wrinkle In Time tackles big questions about personal freedoms.

    £6.99, Puffin

  • WEAR IT WELL

    Inspired by the story of Mary Edwards Walker, a 19th-century doctor who was repeatedly arrested for wearing trousers.

    £12.99, HarperCollins

  • ON THE ROAD

    Born with cerebral palsy and wheelchair-bound, Nujeen Mustafa made an extraordinary journey from Syria to Germany.

    £8, HarperCollins

  • RISE UP

    Octavia E Butler’s classic tale of an unjust America is being rereleased, and it’s still utterly captivating.

    £9.99, Headline

  • MAGIC KINGDOM

    Another story close to Chelsea’s heart. “I was in awe of Dorothy’s refusal to give up on herself or her friends,” she says.

    £9.99, Puffin

  • GAME CHANGER

    From self-destruction to glory, Forward by US football legend Abby Wambach is one of the best sporting stories.

    £13, HarperCollins

  • GOOD WORK

    Written in 1857, this autobiography by the famed Jamaican nurse Mary Seacole is endlessly entertaining.

    £9.99, Penguin

  • LOVE SUPREME

    This playful ode to the very serious work of Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is sheer brilliance.

    £12.99, HarperCollins

  • PEACEMAKER

    In 2003, the incredible Leymah Gbowee led the Liberia Mass Action For Peace and stopped a war. This is her story.

    £11.99, Beast Books

  • TAKE ACTION

    The woman who took on the government – and won – twice, Gina Martin’s book is all about changing the status quo.

    £12.99, Sphere

  • WONDER WOMEN

    From storytellers to Earth defenders, The Book Of Gutsy Women will leave you fizzing with emotion and inspiration.

    £25, S&S

  • GREEN QUEEN

    Every speech made by Greta Thunberg, the teenage climate change activist who sparked a global movement.

    £2.99, Penguin

  • BIG NAMES

    For older Rebel Girls come new chapter books featuring the likes of Madam CJ Walker and Ada Lovelace.

    out 12 Nov, £9.99, Rebel Girls

  • WORK IT

    Activist Ellen Pao’s Reset is a story of navigating the boys’ club in business and creating space for women.

    £13.50, Random House

  • SELF SACRIFICE

    Rigoberta Menchú stood up to slavery in Guatemala at immense personal cost – read her memoir as soon as you can.

    £13.99, Verso

  • ROLE MODELS

    Meet 13 rule-breakers, from 20th-century activist Clara Lemlich to the first Latina justice Sonia Sotomayor.

    £13.99, Philomel

  • BELOVED CLASSIC

    Meg, Jo, Amy and Beth endure as examples of how to rail against society’s expectations and be true to yourself.

    £6.99, Penguin

  • FEMINISM 2.0

    Revolutionary and divisive, Betty Friedan’s 1963 book set the second wave of feminism in motion.

    £9.99, Penguin

  • GIRL GUIDE

    Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s 15 smart suggestions for raising girls debunks every female stereotype.

    £5, HarperCollins

  • GET REAL

    Amani Al-Khatahtbeh has written a vital and eye-opening memoir about growing up amid Islamophobia.

    £11.15, S&S

  • BY DESIGN

    The latest addition to the excellent Little People, Big Dreams series is a delightful paean to Zaha Hadid.

    £9.99, Frances Lincoln

  • LITERARY TITAN

    Hillary calls Maya Angelou’s writing “an anthem of liberation and empowerment” that remains essential reading.

    £6.99, Little, Brown

HILLARY SAYS:

We both love reading and, unsurprisingly, are constantly on the search for stories of gutsy women.

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Francesca Brown

Francesca Brown is books editor for Stylist magazine and Stylist Loves; she also compiles the Style List on a weekly basis. She is a self-confessed HBO abuser and has a wide selection of grey sweatshirts. Honestly, you just can’t have enough. @franabouttown

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