25 Books By Women To Help Diversify Your Bookshelves And Expand Your Horizons, Because #WeNeedDiverseBooks

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Take a look at your bookshelf. What do you see? Is it full of male names? White, straight male names, at that?

What we read should reflect the world around us, don't you think? It should be as colorful as we are. We should see ourselves in the pages we read — our struggles, and our triumphs — and what's more is we should be learning from the struggles and the triumphs of those around us, too. Reading diverse voices expands our world views, our senses of empathy, and, hey, turns us on to incredible authors with important stories to tell. And isn't that what reading is all about?

That's a big reason why We Need Diverse Books, first a hashtag and now a campaign, emerged in 2014. Readers are becoming increasingly aware of the lack of diverse voices being promoted, and therefore being read. Although there's a heightened consciousness around the issue, a problem still remains. What can you do? Stock your bookshelf with more diverse voices. These 25 female authors are a great start.

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