This year’s International Women’s Day theme is #BreakTheBias. So, what better way to honour that than with some brilliant bias-busting book recs? Here are five to get on your reading list right now.

Why Solange Matters | Stephanie Phillips

We love Solange for being an inspirational and pivotal musician. And in Why Solange Matters we see her celebrated as a force for liberating Black female creatives. Author and Black feminist punk musician Stephanie Phillips looks at how Solange embraced activism and anger, breaking free from the limits placed on her as a performer of colour – and how she’s led the way for others to do the same.

Girlhood | Melissa Febos

At this point, we’re all too aware of the narratives and values forced on so many women from a young age – but what’s the next step? Is there some solution? Like this year’s International Women’s Day theme, #BreakTheBias, Melissa Febos explores how women can escape these limiting expectations by sharing how she and others like her have been able to reclaim the pen of their own narrative.

Hood Feminism | Mikki Kendall

White feminism (or ‘girlboss feminism’ as it’s even less-affectionately known) refers to feminism with blinders, one that can only tackle the issues affecting the more fortunate. With Hood Feminism Mikki Kendall seeks to address the imbalance, calling for a women’s movement that’s driven by intersectionality and accounts for all races, classes, sexual orientations and disabilities. Kendall writes with hope, energy and real insight.

Notes to Self | Emilie Pines

Notes to Self puts your heart through a blender (in a good way, promise). Unflinchingly raw, Emilie Pine brings us six personal essays that touch on topics like the taboos around female bodies, female pain, and the grief of infertility. The stories resonate and cut deep but come with a surprising sense of joy.

Bad Feminist | Roxane Gay

Here’s Roxane Gay to ask what makes a ‘bad feminist’. Is it wanting to be independent, but still wanting someone to take care of you? Is it enjoying rap despite the often questionable lyrics? She assures us, and herself, that these things don’t cancel out a dedication to women’s issues. We’re more complex than that.