It’s International Women’s Day! On the 8th March each year, people from across the world celebrate the social, economical, cultural and political achievements of women throughout history.

To celebrate women in the literary circle, we asked Hallmark Cards’ editorial team to nominate their favourite novel, poem or other media penned by a female author.

If you’d like to celebrate the inspirational women in your life, Hallmark Cards has an array of cards for every occasion.

Happy International Women’s Day and happy reading.

‘My choice is Sophie Hannah’s ‘Leaving and Leaving You’. It has a special meaning as it got me through a time when my husband had to work away for 6 months (in the Caribbean!) when we first first got together!’
Ruth Turner-Blood, Editorial Studio Manager

‘Leaving and Leaving You’ by Sophie Hannah

When I leave your postcode and your commuting station,
When I left undone all the things we planned to do
You may feel you have been left by association
But there is leaving and leaving you.

When I leave your town and the club that you belong to,
When I leave without much warning or much regret,
Remember, there’s doing wrong and there’s doing wrong to
You, which I’ll never do and I haven’t yet,

And when I have gone, remember that in weighing
Everything up, from love to a cheaper rent,
You were all the reasons I thought of staying,
And none of the reasons why I went.

And although I leave your sight and I leave your setting,
And our separation is soon to be a fact,
Though you stand beside what I’m leaving and forgetting,
I’m not leaving you, not if motive makes the act.

Handmaid's Tale

‘I read ‘The Handmaid’s Tale‘ again recently, maybe for the third time, because of the TV adaptation. It’s an incredibly timely book. Despite being written in 1985, the story of women’s subjugation and a dystopian society seems so pertinent. Margaret Atwood created her own world, full of cruelty and distrust, of power and powerlessness. It’s a world that throws up a mirror. The reflection makes you think long and hard about society’s laws and rules, the rights, the wrongs…and the grey areas in between. It’s a fantastic example of the power of the pen.’
Lesley McLean, Editorial Manager

The Bloody Chamber

‘One of my favourite authors is Angela Carter – known for her strong views on feminism and her collection of writings featuring large amounts of magical realism. I definitely recommend ‘The Bloody Chamber.’
Lucy, Leeds Beckett University Intern

Lady Bird

‘My favourite piece at the minute is ‘Lady Bird,’ the film written and directed by Greta Gerwig. It’s a brilliant coming of age film. Gerwig has created such a vibrant character with the protagonist, Ladybird, played by Saoirse Ronan. She’s a feisty, colourful and passionate 17-year-old with big dreams for her future, who battles against her stern but caring mother. The writing is spot on and so real. I’d really recommend people to go see it whilst it’s on!’
Angela Stone, Creative Editor

Header image © Nina Cosford
The Handmaid’s Tale & The Bloody Chamber © Penguin Books Australia
Lady Bird poster © The New York Times