International Women's Day, 2011

For the past 100 years women have been celebrating International Womens Day. This is the day when women's economic, political and social achievements are recognised and celebrated across the world. In 2011, the centenary year of this event, celebrate by reading one of these books, written by or featuring inspiring Australian women.

Dames and divas: 21 remarkable women”: Kick off your reading with this collection of interviews with notable Australian women.

Bettina Arndt: Never too much information! One of Australia’s first sex therapists, and a best selling author of “The sex diaries: Why women go off sex and other bedroom battles” her latest offering, “What men want: in bed”, is available now.

Layne Beachley- The worlds greatest female surfer, read her tell-all book “Layne Beachley: Beneath the waves” by Michael Gordon. This is an inspiring read of triumph over adversity.

Maggie Beer: Australian senior of the year, 2011 and one of Australia’s best known food personalities, she has written six cookbooks as well as co-hosting the successful television series “The cook and the chef”.

Elizabeth Broderick: Australia’s Sex Discrimination Commissioner since 2007, she has co-authored a comprehensive and informative report- “2010 Gender equality blueprint”.

Ita Buttrose: One of the best known women in Australia, she has been a successful journalist, business woman and author. Her latest book, “A guide to Australian etiquette: For all occasions from weddings to work” offers advice on how to behave in any social situation.

Julia Gillard: Our very first female Australian Prime Minister. Read about her journey to the top, in “The making of Julia Gillard” by Jacqueline Kent.

Anita Heiss: In her own words, Anita Heiss is a poet, author, satirist and social commentator, as well as a proud member of the Wiradjuri people. Join us at Cronulla library Tuesday, 12th April, at 6.30pm, for an author talk featuring her latest fiction title “Paris dreaming”.

Jessica Watson: The youngest person to sail solo and unassisted around the world. “True spirit: The aussie girl who took on the world” documents her incredible journey.

Gai Waterhouse: A horse racing trail blazer, she is widely regarded as the most successful female horse trainer in the world. Find out about the person behind the trainer in “Gai: In my words”.