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10 Must Read Empowering Books for Women

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I’m an avid book reader and proud to say that reading has changed my life overall. As a result of reading, I’ve gotten new ideas and fresh perspectives which have ultimately led to my growth and success as an individual.

Women may not run the world… yet, but we do make for some of the most intriguing characters in the world. Below is a curated list of books written by women for women. Whether it’s personal development to soulful biographic stories, there is a book in this collection for every woman to gain insight, feel empowered, and inspire you to become vehicles of change, whoever and wherever you are.

1. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo

Despite many readers reviewed this book in the utmost literal sense, to me, this book isn’t really about tidying, at its core. It’s about living very intentionally and allowing your surroundings, possessions and headspace to become an expression of yourself. If that last sentence made you roll your eyes, skip this book, but if you like the idea of finding meaning in the things that you own and associate with, you’ll enjoy this book. 

2. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

This is the first volume in this author’s extraordinary series of autobiographical narratives that explores her struggle to break away from the shackles of racial oppression and sexism. While offering constructive critique, the acclaimed poet also delivers a message of strength and hope.

3. Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead by Brené Brown

Daring Greatly is not about winning or losing. It’s about courage. In a world where scarcity and shame dominate and feeling afraid has become second nature, vulnerability is subversive. Uncomfortable. It’s even a little dangerous at times. And without a question, putting ourselves out there means there’s a far greater risk of feeling hurt. But as I look back on my own life and what Daring Greatly as meant to me, I can honestly say nothing is as uncomfortable, dangerous and hurtful as believing that I’m standing on the outside of my life looking in and wondering what if would be like if I had the courage to show up and let myself be been.

4. Untamed by Glennon Doyle

Doyle is able to write about finding and being true to yourself but is able to drop gems of information even though she comes from a place of privilege- which she acknowledges herself. I want to give this book to every person I know to read with the hopes that they take away from it what I did which is letting down your guard, being who you want to be, and having compassion for the world.

5. Maybe You Should Talk to Someone by Lori Gottlieb

This is a book about humanity and our own joy and fear about loving, dying and everything in between. The author is a therapist struggling with her own losses who simultaneously takes you down the individual paths of pain that her clients experience with recognizable jolts of insight about her own vulnerabilities.

6. Judgement Detox by Gabrielle Bernstein

Be prepared to do some self-reflection when reading Judgement Detox. This book is an incredible stepping stone along your spiritual path, it will help you to learn more about yourself and others while also having the potential to answer any lingering questions you may have.

7. #GirlBoss by Sophia Amoruso

#GIRLBOSS is Sophia Amoruso’s story about her wild childhood, unlikely and extraordinarily successful business venture and her treatise on how to be yourself and bring what is unique to you to your professional life.

8. Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own Person by Shonda Rhimes

I found this book to be inspiring through the idea of taking action to change the things that are holding us back and how much it can empower us to do so. It is also comforting to know that people who I view as being successful still have very real, limiting insecurities and challenges.

9. You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life by Jen Sincero

The point Jen Sincero makes in this self-help book is we are all great, we all have enormous potential, we all possess the power to succeed at absolutely everything we direct our energy towards, but we are also our very own obstacle. Sincero identifies common thought processes and behaviors that keep us from living a truly awesome life and she coaches the reader on how to identify them, replace them, and move forward like a badass.

10. In the Company of Women: Inspiration and Advice from over 100 Makers, Artists, and Entrepreneurs by Grace Bonney

This book focuses on embracing the female entrepreneurial experience by showcasing over 100 experiences from women in different careers throughout the world. By embracing a variety of professions, from tattoo artists to architects, the reader gets a first-hand account of what the working world is like for women of all ages, races, and backgrounds.

This will act as the perfect guidebook to being a fearless leader in both your personal and professional life.

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