Empowering Narratives: 5 Autobiographies by Remarkable Women 

Autobiographies have long served as powerful tools for individuals to share their life stories, triumphs, and challenges. In recent times, autobiographies penned by influential women have captured readers’ attention, providing a unique glimpse into the lives of these remarkable women. In celebration of International Women’s Day on the 8th March, we revisited the works of some of the world’s most inspiring women.  

Becoming by Michelle Obama  

The former First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama, takes readers on an intimate journey through her life in “Becoming.” From her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her experiences in the White House, Obama shares her personal growth, struggles, and the profound impact of public service, whilst also discussing topics such as race, identity, and the vital role of education.  

I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai 

In her autobiography, “I Am Malala”, Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai recounts her courageous fight for girls’ education in Pakistan and surviving a Taliban assassination attempt. This powerful narrative explores the resilience of a young girl who defied odds and became a global symbol of activism. Malala’s dedication to education in the face of oppressive forces becomes the central theme, as the autobiography provides a harrowing account of the Taliban’s attempt to silence her advocacy by targeting her in a brutal assassination attempt. Malala’s survival is not just a personal triumph but a testament to the resilience of the human spirit and the courage to stand against oppression. 

Love, Pamela by Pamela Anderson  

In Pamela Anderson’s captivating “Love, Pamela”, readers are taken on a journey from her upbringing on Vancouver Island, where she carved a world of nature and imagination amidst the challenges of her young parents, to the glitzy heights of Hollywood fame. Anderson’s iconic blonde bombshell image in the 1990s made her Playboy’s favorite cover girl, embodying Hollywood glamour and sensuality. Yet, behind the scenes, the book unfolds into a poignant exploration of loss of control over one’s life when fame distorts the true self. From magazine covers to the Playboy Mansion and the arms of rockstars, Anderson faced the intense scrutiny of the paparazzi, losing grip on her own narrative. However, fueled by grace, love for art, literature, and a deep commitment to her children and causes close to her heart, Pamela Anderson reclaims her story – navigating the complexities of fame with resilience and a renewed sense of freedom. 

The Last Black Unicorn by Tiffany Haddish 

In her uproariously candid memoir, “The Last Black Unicorn,” Tiffany Haddish invites readers into the unfiltered chapters of her life. From a challenging childhood marked by poverty, foster care, and family struggles, Haddish emerges as a resilient force, using humour as her armor against life’s hardships. The narrative doesn’t shy away from the tough moments, addressing both the highs of her comedy career and the lows that preceded her breakthrough. Throughout the book, Haddish shares her experiences growing up as a Black woman in South Central Los Angeles, addressing the challenges and prejudices she faced, as well as how her background and ethnicity shaped her journey, offering readers a firsthand account of the complexities and unique perspectives that come with being a Black woman in the entertainment industry.  

 Bossypants by Tina Fey 

Comedic genius Tina Fey invites readers into her world of laughter and wit in “Bossypants.” Through a collection of humorous anecdotes and insightful reflections, Fey shares her journey from the improv stages of Chicago to the iconic writer’s room at Saturday Night Live. In between the laughs, Fey reflects on the challenges faced by women in comedy, breaking down stereotypes and proving that humour knows no gender boundaries. Through her narrative, Tina Fey paves the way for aspiring female comedians, showing that success in the industry is not only attainable but thoroughly deserved. Tina Fey effortlessly dissects the intricacies of navigating the fiercely competitive world of comedy, offering a unique and often hilarious perspective on being a woman in the industry. 

 Whether it’s for personal reflection or to share with loved ones, at My Story Told, we believe that autobiographies have the power to champion narratives. Tell your own remarkable story today.

On March 8th, we celebrate International Women’s Day (IWD)! Taking place annually, IWD is an opportunity to honour the achievements of women past and present, while also raising awareness of women’s rights to pave the way for the future.

Traced back to as early as 1908, International Women’s Day emerged at a time when the industrial revolution was booming and the call for women’s rights was growing louder. Frustrated with oppression and the stark inequality within society, women started campaigning for change.

The movement first gained momentum in the United States, where 15,000 women marched through New York City demanding shorter hours, better working conditions, fair pay and voting rights.

In 1910, at an international conference in Copenhagen for Working Women, Clara Zetkin (Leader of the ‘Women’s Office’ for the Social Democratic Party in Germany), proposed the idea of a Women’s Day – an annual celebration held by every country. Following unanimous approval, Zetkins idea was made a reality, and International Women’s Day was born.

IWD was then honoured for the first time across Europe in 1911, which saw over one million women and men attending IWD rallies in Austria, Germany, Denmark, and Switzerland – all campaigning for women’s rights to work, vote and hold public office. To create unity, in 1913, it was decided that IWD would be held on an annual basis on March 8th.

Fast forward to the 1970s, and IWD was formally recognised by the UN for the first time. It was declared that member states would see a United Nations Day for Women’s Rights and International Peace, to fall within their respective traditions.

International Women’s Day 2023

Since 1996, each International Women’s Day has been celebrated with a theme in focus. Every year, individuals worldwide, take to social media in support of IWD.

This year the theme is ‘#EmbraceEquity’ – a theme which aims to spark a global conversation on ‘Why equal opportunities aren’t enough’.

IWD 2023 is about recognising the importance of embracing differences and pushing for inclusivity, no matter someone’s gender, ability, or race. Equality still remains the goal of IWD, equity is the way to achieve it!

How can I get involved?

IWD is asking people around the globe to ‘give equity a huge embrace’ by posting a picture of yourself, friends or family hugging themselves with the hashtags ‘#EmbraceEquity’ and ‘#IWD2023’, on social media.

Alternatively, people can also send in their photos via the IWD website – www.internationalwomensday.com.

What else can I do?

Want to do more? Striking this year’s pose isn’t the only way to celebrate International Women’s Day, you can:

  • Support women-owned businesses.
  • Watch films/ TV shows directed or produced by women.
  • Read literature written by women.
  • Pay homage to inspirational women – are there women throughout history you look up to?

Or finally, you can simply recognise the incredible women in your own life – even if it’s through an appreciation post, a quick chat or just a hug!

This International Women’s Day, make the decision to begin to share your story. Be inspired to document your legacy for future generations, creating a family heirloom that can last a lifetime. Get in touch for more information on our storytelling process.