International Women’s Day Hurray!

8 March, 2012

It’s International Women’s Day today so check out Phenomenal People to see who has been inspiring whom. My favourite illustrator and writer, Badaude, is doing a giveaway and the 2012 Orange Prize longlist has been announced. See what Jackie and Simon S think of the list. Do also check out A Year of Feminist Classics where you can read and participate in discussions with some of may favourite book bloggers including Ana who has some superb recommendations. And the Guardian has a list of Top 100 women including my favourite astrophysicist Jocelyn Bell Burnell.

In a time when we think civilisation has reached an enlightened stage, it seems strange to think we need reminders of what women have achieved. And yet the fact that we do means that we still have a long way to go and I am grateful to the people who relentlessly campaign for equal rights and the abolition and punishment of violence against women. It still goes on and it’s still being brushed under the carpet. Not very enlightened, are we?

And talking about controversy and courageous things, the 2012 Independent Foreign Fiction Prize longlist was also announced today. Do also check out Stu’s Shadow IFFP jury too.

Have you read any of the titles on the Orange Prize and IFFP Prize longlists? Any recommendations?

5 Responses to “International Women’s Day Hurray!”

  1. winstonsdad Says:

    great post ,thanks for mention I ve not read any of the orange title but have one being sent me to read ,from IFFP I think new finnish grammar is a book people love I did ,all the best stu

  2. Nymeth Says:

    Thank you for the mention, Sakura! Also, very interesting Top 100 list.

    • sakura Says:

      Top 100 lists are always so difficult since they cover such a broad spectrum. And I figured I’d point everyone to your post since you’re better at lists!

  3. Bellezza Says:

    I so want to read every single title on the independent foreign fiction prize list!

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