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Archives - August 2015

Happy #wcw! We're back for another thrilling roundup of our favorite literary heroines and trailblazers. These women are not sidekicks or footnotes in men's stories; they make their own destinies by being fearless and flawed and brave. This group has been inspiring us for a long time, and we hope to find more women in books to continue to empower us!
One of my favorite daydreams consists of picturing my future self. These reveries usually feature the same idealized-yet-somewhat-attainable portrait: Me as a 40-year-old high-powered book editor, living a comfortable life in the suburbs with a financially successful spouse, three kids and a dog. I have great friends, a strong relationship with both my parents, and manage to read a new book every week. It’s a portrait of my life that meets every criteria of success that I have ever had for myself, an idealized picture that I fully think would make me quite satisfied.
I’m a firm believer that books have a way of finding you when you need them the most. Case in point: Three months ago I graduated college with everything I had ever wanted: great school, perfect grades, amazing friends. And to top it all off, I had a boyfriend who was smart, funny, considerate and hot. The day after I graduated college, however, I found myself unemployed, living with my parents, unsure what I was going to do next --- and (here’s the nail in the coffin) single. Not exactly my finest hour. After a few weeks and still in a rather cynical and self-indulgent state of mind, I picked a copy of Kate Bolick’s memoir/biography SPINSTER at my local library, knowing little about it, but thinking that the title rather perfectly described my current state of life. But only two chapters in, that mood had completely disappeared. Not only was I utterly entranced with the messages of female strength conveyed throughout, but I also felt altered in some way. SPINSTER quite literally changed the way I thought of myself.
As we shift into late summer and cling to the sunshine before the autumn rolls in, let this week's collection of #wcw give you positivity and strength! All of our women (and girls) today are strong and independent, and are true protagonists no matter what role they're written in. Join us as we celebrate the women we're crushin' on this Wednesday, and make sure to celebrate all the women in your life!