Women should be well read. It saddens me to think that we, as women in America, are for the most part literate and have such a wealth of knowledge so near to us but many of us fail to adequately utilize these resources. In other words, women should be reading the classics, not Cosmo!
To that end, here are three works that I think every modern, modest woman should read:
On the Dignity and Vocation of Women. This was written by the late Pope John Paul II and it is single handedly the best work about women that I have ever read. It changed the way I understood myself as a woman. In no other work will you see such an innovative and complete system of thought surrounding the purpose and vocation of women. I highly recommend this reading.
Any book by Jane Austen. Jane Austen novels are classics. She weaves stories of romance, virtue, and vice into one magnificent tapestry. I’m particularly fond of Sense and Sensibility.
Women and Gender in Islam. Islam is the fastest growing religion in the world, and it has global influence. It is important for women to educate themselves about this religion from reliable sources. Unfortunately, there’s a lot of misinformation out there especially when it comes to women in Islam. So, for those who’ve wanted to learn more about the history of women in Islam, Ahmed’s book is a great resource. The first chapter even talks about the pre-Islamic Middle East and how women of this time used chastity as a tool to free themselves from a harsh, male-dominated system.
These works should get you off to a good start. There are many more works that could be added but these works cover the philosophical, literary, and sociopolitical spheres of thought that speak to the women of today.