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9 Autobiographies That Will Make You Damn Proud To Be A Woman

Because even being in the same gender group as these authors has gotta count for something, right?

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1. How To Be A Woman, Caitlin Moran

"So here is the quick way of working out if you're a feminist. Put your hand in your pants.

a) Do you have a vagina? and
b) Do you want to be in charge of it?

If you said 'yes' to both, then congratulations! You're a feminist.

The best reason anyone could ever feel uncomfortable reading something on public transport, this book was written for the strident feminist in us all. More specifically perhaps - the strident feminist with a love for clever writing, cringing and everything non-PC.

2. Bossypants, Tina Fey

"To say I’m an overrated troll, when you have never even seen me guard a bridge, is patently unfair."

If you thought Mean Girls was the best thing Tina Fey bought into this universe, please, give this a read, then have another think. Prepare to actually LOL - in a completely literal sense.

3. Yes Please, Amy Poehler

"Creativity is connected to your passion, that light inside you that drives you. That joy that comes when you do something you love. That is the juicy stuff that lubricates our lives and helps us feel less alone in the world. Your creativity is not a bad boyfriend. It is a really warm older Hispanic lady who has a beautiful laugh and loves to hug."

Now, this book is fresh. Not, Bel Air fresh, but literally, fresh off the press. If you love Amy and life advice, get your nose between these pages pronto.

4. #GIRLBOSS, Sophia Amoruso

"Abandon anything about your life and habits that might be holding you back. Learn to create your own opportunities. Know that there is no finish line; fortune favors action. Race balls-out toward the extraordinary life that you’ve always dreamed of, or still haven’t had time to dream up. And prepare to have a hell of a lot of fun along the way."

Basically written for anyone with an inner-entrepreneur trying to escape into the big bad business word, this easy-read is filled with practical advice about being a BOSS.

5. The Fictional Woman, Tara Moss

"Our sex need not primarily define who we are, what we are capable of, or what we can be expected to enjoy or engage in. In other words, the boy with the Barbie doll does not have a problem with identity. He simply has a Barbie doll."

In her first non-fiction work, Australian author Tara explores the labels she's worn as a woman, mother and model. If you need a reminder of why feminism matters - well, this would be the perfect place to start.

6. Not That Kind Of Girl, Lena Dunham

"If you have a vagina, by birth or by choice, you will be called ‘mami’ or ‘sweetie’ or ‘Britney Spears."

Love Lena. Hate Lena. Beyond some of the ridiculous controversy this book has sparked, it's about as raw as an autobiography can get, which makes it worth a read. The end.

7. Bad Feminist, Roxane Gay

"I embrace the label of bad feminist because I am human. I am messy. I’m not trying to be an example. I am not trying to be perfect. I am not trying to say I have all the answers. I am not trying to say I’m right. I am just trying—trying to support what I believe in, trying to do some good in this world, trying to make some noise with my writing while also being myself."

From female friendships to Sweet Valley High, this one's for any feminist who has ever felt a little confused - or has been waiting to read the work of someone who just gets it.

8. Thrive, Arianna Huffington

"I do not try to dance better than anyone else. I only try to dance better than myself."

Okay, so even though this one might not technically be an autobiography, in her discussion of well-being, wisdom, giving and wonder, Arianna touches on Huffington Post as well as her childhood and role as a mother. Mindfulness and business collide in this read, perfect for anyone who is always just so busy.

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