The most life-changing books by women

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Books by literary legends Harper Lee and Margaret Atwood have topped the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction's crowdsourced list of the most influential and life-changing books written by women.

To Kill a Mockingbird, Lee's classic story about justice and racial prejudice in America's Deep South, was voted into the top spot. Atwood's 1985 dystopian novel The Handmaid's Tale came in second in the public vote.


In May, the Baileys Women's Prize launched a campaign to highlight great literary works by women authors. The organization asked the general public to nominate a book that changed their life using the hashtag #ThisBook. The organization announced the Top 20 list on Tuesday.

Rounding out the top five are Charlotte Brontë's gothic romance Jane Eyre and J.K. Rowling's much-beloved Harry Potter series. The entire list is a diverse mix of genres and classic and contemporary writers. Here are the Top 20 books. Which one made the biggest difference in your life?