17 Empowering Books That Every Woman Should Read

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Feeling lost or overwhelmed in life? Below we’ve listed our top recommended books to help you out and have you feeling empowered again as woman should. Whether it’s within your personal, social or professional life, there’s something to help every woman unlock her confidence and start feeling amazing, take a look below! 

We All Should Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

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The thing about this book that amazed me is how the writer can tell you about the importance of feminism in the most simple way you could ever imagine. The book is so light that you can read it during your break time, before going to bed or any free time you have. This book helped me how to look at myself and reminded me that I am as a woman is important to. That I have choice too.

The Second Sex by Simone De Beauvoir

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The Second Sex is a book that every woman will see herself in! Written by Simone de Beauvoir, this classic book will make every woman stop and say Wow, that’s me! quite a few times! Every woman should get the chance to explore her womanhood through the eyes of de Beauvoir, and gain that introspection of what it is to be a woman in this world.

Never Split the Difference by Chris Voss

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Written by the FBI’s top hostage negotiator, Chris Voss packs his book Never Split The Difference Negotiate Like Your Life Depends On It, with endless amounts of strategies and tactics that I applied firsthand in my life. His book helped me negotiate my salary not once but twice during the pandemic which resulted in me securing more income for my family. His strategies and tactics empowered me to confidently maneuver negotiations during a time when I’d normally think I had no room to negotiate. A book every woman should read so that she can be more prepared to negotiate any salary, contract, or even bedtime rules with her toddler.

A Piece Of Cake by Cupcake Brown

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It’s a book that focuses on empowering women and opening them up to the possibility of being able o fix every little problem as long as they take it one day at a time. This book will make women feel that they are not alone in the journey, and being resilient is the key to bounce back from all the trouble life throws at them. In this book are stories of taboo topics such as crime, prostitution, child abuse, and death but this is also an eye-opener that these realities exist and women must fight to overcome these mishaps.

Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg

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For any woman aspiring to develop her career, Lean In by Sheryl is an essential read. Combating challenging topics with a diverse take from gender roles in the workplace, Sandberg addresses stereotypes head on. Regardless of age, this book is a must read for all women aspiring after equality, career success, and establishing foundational beliefs.

Unlimited by Dr. Cortney Baker

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Dr. Cortney shares the inspiring story of developing an 8 figure company as a single mom, all while conquering the long held myth of the glass ceiling.. Baker’s argument clearly demonstrates the illusion women have grasped to in order to safely remain complacent. The challenges and inspiration found within the pages of this book induce the desire to radically change and expand into one’s full potential.

Come as You Are by Emily Nagoski

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Women’s sexuality is so tainted by society. We are given advice like, just do it more or spice things up to fix our sex lives when that really isn’t the fix at all. I love Emily Nagoski’s book because it gives real, practical advice to truly transform your sex life based on the science that you likely haven’t even heard before. I recommend this book to all of my Wanting It More program participants!

The Name by Mark Sameth

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“If God is male, then male is God.” So wrote the early feminist theologian Mary Daly in 1973. Almost fifty years later, Rabbi Mark Sameth, in his new book “The Name: A History of the Dual-Gendered Hebrew Name for God,” argues that the God of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam was understood by its earliest worshippers to be dual-gendered. “What are the implications,” Sameth asks, “if ‘He’ was never God?”

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

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This is a book about eternal values: about love, faith, family, human dignity. This book is showing the importance of self-awareness and mindfulness for women through a desperate suicide of Anna, who was the victim of social pressure and personal judgements.

Girl Boss by Sophia Amoruso

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This is a colourful account of NastyGal’s Sophia Amoruso’s journey from reselling vintage garments as a hobby to launching the formidable retail store we all know today. The book describes the highs and the lows associated with making the decision to stand out. This book helps to evoke your inner Girl Boss by reminding us that with a strong vision and some hard work, almost anything is possible!

Maybe It’s You by Lauren Handel Zander

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The methodology taught in this book is life changing and empowering, to say the least. MAYBE IT’S YOU illuminates Lauren Zander’s honest, no-nonsense, funny, and proven approach, teaching you how to rewire your life and career by facing your fears, saying yes to even the most difficult-seeming challenges, and simply saying “f*ck that” (a technical term, of course) to quitting. More than 15 years ago, Zander created a groundbreaking, results-oriented approach to designing your life called The Handel Method. With an emphasis on honesty, accepting flaws and developing your own tools to short circuit them, Zander and her team have employed her step-by-step plan to successfully guide tens of thousands of people—including authors, entrepreneurs, corporate clients, and Ivy League university students—to lead more fulfilling and daring lives. She requires commitment, time, and a sense of humor from her clients, but promises in return to provide practical no-nonsense solutions to help build a better you. With MAYBE IT’S YOU, Zander has revolutionized the concept of traditional “self-help” through the idea of radical personal accountability, taking a deep-dive look at the patterns and history that are really holding you back. Whether readers want to find love, succeed at work, fix a fractured relationship, or get healthy, MAYBE IT’S YOU will offer a road map to finally get them there.

Let them Thrive by Katie Novak EdD

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In Let Them Thrive, parents are empowered to support their children’s learning in school and in life through strategies, tips, and tools. Every learner is as unique as their fingerprints. But one-size-fits-all schooling doesn’t account for those variations. Throughout the book, parents are provided with a practical understanding of how education works–and how it can work better–for their children. A truly timely, inspiring, and empowering book!

GiGi Gets a Bra by Jene Luciani

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For 10-year olds, my newest book GiGi Gets a Bra is a lighthearted story about a mom and her daughter and those awkward changes young girls go through, plus bra shopping tips to help mom and dad in the journey! GiGi Gets a Bra

Achieve with Grace by Theresa Lambert

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It’s time to leave behind the busy equals success lie of intense workplaces and achieve with grace. If you are an ambitious and driven woman who feels pressure to measure your success by validation or external results, it’s time to transform the way you work and live. This isn’t another book about productivity, instead it is a powerful actionable guide to help you create a balanced, energy-saving approach to achieving success at work and in life – the elegant way.

I Shouldn’t Be Telling You This by Kate White

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This is a book that I urge every woman to read. It provides practical advice and insightful information to women at every stage in their careers. You should read this book not only because White herself was a successful business woman, a great leader who has a plethora of tips to share but also because of her sheer style of writing. It’s simple, it’s conversational and it’s relatable and funny in equal parts. Most importantly, White imparts knowledge in her true witty sense. Must read in my opinion!

Rare Breed by Sunny Bonnell

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Rebellious. Audacious. Obsessed. Hot-Blooded. Weird. Hypnotic. Emotional. Society tells us that people with these traits don’t fit in. We’re here to tell you this is exactly who you need to be to stand out. Rare Breed is a different kind of business book. Authors Sunny Bonnell and Ashleigh Hansberger, founders of branding agency Motto, have spent their 15 years as branding experts helping companies and individuals harness these traits to create those one-of-a-kind brands, or become that sought after leader. Generally that “thing” that makes successful people successful. Their talks and workshops have been sought after by companies like Hershey’s, Google, and USA Today where they teach leaders and future leaders how to embrace these traits and stand out amongst the crowd.

The Power of ICAN by Shannon M Battle

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I provide practical insight into life situations women face from internal struggles to external while providing guiding methods on how to change your perspective. The book intends to empower women to develop healthy habits that keep them moving even when they want to quit. Everyone has a story and for many women, the best part of their stories have yet to be told.

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