26th Aug 2011
Women’s Equality Day
Ladies, today is Women’s Equality Day, a celebration proclaimed each year by the U.S. President (thank you, Barak!) to commemorate the date upon which women nationwide were given an equal vote.
August 26, 1920 was not that long ago and it is thanks to hoards of brilliant and eloquent women across the globe that we have a platform for our voices today. So, in celebration, we’ve sussed out a selection of the internet’s best accessories featuring literary grrrl power in all its glory:
The For Books’ Sake t-shirts and tote bags are not to be missed. Loud and proud, they (alongside quotes from the likes of wondrous women writers such as Virginia Woolf and Erica Jong) will leave no-one in doubt of your literary loyalties.
Not only that, but from as little as £8.99 they are an absolute steal, and if you have your own specific colour or quotation in mind that doesn’t feature on the website, just let us know and we’ll do what we can…
Next up, from the Library of Congress shop comes this wacky book bag. The line-up consists of some of the most inspirational women in literary history: Gertrude Stein, Louisa May Alcott, Emily Dickinson, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Virginia Woolf, Jane Austen, Phyllis Wheatley, Charlotte Brontë, Mary Shelley and Sylvia Plath.
A really unique piece, this is certain to attract attention, allowing you the chance to launch into a lengthy speech about who each woman is and why you love them all so much!
If you’re after something slightly more classic, but with a message that still rings loud and clear, try this gorgeous tote from Writer’s Gifts on CafePress. It’s only £13.50, made of 100% cotton and goes with anything.
Better still, it also comes in journal and mug form, for inspiration early in the morning and whenever you open your book to scribble. After writing this I’ll be off to buy a set of all three for myself…
On the literary-women-of-yore front, my all-time heroine is Jane Austen. A national treasure, she was unafraid to write out and in tribute to her is this stunning charm bracelet, consisting of all six of her novels. Hand crafted in Somerset and made entirely of silver, it even comes in its own special Jane Austen antique-style box.
It’ll set you back £175, but I reckon it’d be well worth it. Check out the Jane Austen Centre for all sorts of other beautiful Austen-themed items, including a charming mug and tea-towel range.
Lastly, everyone has a some wall space that could do with some tarting up, and what better way to do it than with this Famous Women Writers poster? Featuring portraits of 46 women writers (none of you can possible have read all of them!), this poster will not only provide decoration, but inspiration too. It’s £19 from CafePress.