My favourite women authors – a double day celebration #IWD

With two important days to celebrate, I thought it would be appropriate to combine them – so we cheer for World Book Day March 7th, 2019 and International Women’s Day March 8th 2019.

As the theme for #InternationalWomen’sDay in 2019 is #BalanceforBetter, what better way for me to express my admiration, with a balance of excellent books and great women, than to list my top 20 choices of books written by women authors whom I admire.

INternational Women's Day World Book Day

Let’s celebrate World Book Day and International Women’s Day together.

Please feel free to add your own choices in the comments below. But for my own choices…

The top 20 books written by women that mean the most to me

Some of these authors are famous. Some are not – yet. Some are dead. But all have touched me deeply. [Read more…]

International Women’s Day: 10 tips for women to make great wedding speeches

Updated March 7th, 2020. Although we still have a very long way to go in some areas to bring about more equality, in one area at least the traditional formats now usually take a back seat, or are even thrown out on their back seats altogther. The answer? Wedding speeches.

In fact old-fashioned weddings themselves are becoming obsolete as time goes on, especially with same-sex and non-religious weddings, hand-fastings, civil partnerships plus gender neutrality, trans people and more. All of this leads away from the traditional all-male line-up of speech makers and women are making wedding speeches, too – even if the wedding concerned is traditional.

10 tips for women to make great wedding speeches

No women would have spoken at this US wedding more than 100 years ago … but times have changed.

For a list of ALL our articles on wedding speeches for everyone from groom to granny, click here.

If you’re due to give a wedding speech soon, here are some tips you’ll find very helpful…

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6 women writers on favourite women writers: celebrating International Women’s Day

Even the most misogynistic male these days has to admit our world is constantly being enriched by the writings of hugely talented women, and has been for several hundred years now. So here’s to International Women’s Day, and our contribution to it.

6 women writers on favourite women writers: celebrating International Women's Day

“…what books are supposed to do: totally transport you into another world, another life, another brain and heart. “

I reckoned that the most interesting way to celebrate here with you, is for some of our  favourite women writers to write about their  favourite women writers … which is exactly what we’ve done. And here they are… [Read more…]