Inspirational stories of women in five must-read autobiographies.

Oprah: An AutobiographyHere, we talk about a woman who was born and raised in extreme poverty, molested and raped during her teens, rejected for her colour and voice and still went on to become one of the wealthiest and influential celebrities in the world. Her metamorphosis from a poor black girl to one of the greatest philanthropists in the world is truly heart-wrenching!

I am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai

“I come from a country that was created at midnight. When I almost died it was just after midday.”

This is one of the quotes from the exhilarating tale of a brave girl, Malala Yousafzai who rode roughshod over the Taliban in Swat Valley, Pakistan. She refused to succumb to their atrocities and fought for right to be educated. Born to a school owner amidst the valleys of terror, this story is bound to give you multiple goose bumps as you flip the pages. Her incredible journey from being shot on the head at fifteen to a miraculous recovery that ultimately led her to become the is absolutely worth reading.

Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In

The title of this bestseller itself has become a cult slogan lately. Women empowerment was no more than a a topic of debate, but gained substance after this book was published. The Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Facebook explicitly pens down her experience of working in some of the best businesses and has thus stimulated the feminist instincts in readers all over the world.

Unbreakable: an Autobiography by Mary Kom

“All of it is real. I was the David who took on the Goliaths in the boxing ring – and I won, most of the time.”

The lady who defied all socio-economic barriers to emerge as one of the greatest boxers of the country, speaks about her struggle of achieving great laurels in a game which was stereotyped to be a guy’s sport.

Indra Nooyi – A Biography

The first Indian to have graced the CEO’s chair at PepsiCo, this woman testifies about the hidden aspects of a woman’s spirit that pushes her to overcome hurdles of patriarchy that come her way and create history with unequivocal leadership skills. This tale of a courageous woman is a must-read for all ladies who aspire to trademark their names in the corporate world.

Rose Benedicta

Rose is a retired teacher who loves children and books. The fact that she spends a lot of time reading to children is hardly a surprise.

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