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Experts Tell Us the Books About Powerful Women

This article showcases our top picks for the Books About Powerful Women. We reached out to industry leaders and experts who have contributed the suggestions within this article (they have been credited for their contributions below).

We are keen to hear your feedback on all of our content and our comment section is a moderated space to express your thoughts and feelings related (or not) to this article This list is in no particular order.

Blooming by Carrington Smith

This product was recommended by Olivia McCoy from Smith Publicity

Carrington Smith spent a lifetime trying to be someone else—to fit in, to be loved, to keep the peace, and to make others happy. Until finally, Carrington discovered that her own path to happiness wasn’t based on fitting in but on standing out—celebrating her uniqueness and owning her past. Candid and raw, Blooming takes you on a treasure hunt to discover the gifts in the shit. Shit is quite literally fertilizer. It is in the messes, failures, trauma, and difficulties of life that we discover what we need to bloom into our greatness. From trauma to triumph, through the depths of sexual assault, religious mind-fuckery, family rejection, body dysmorphia, mid-life metamorphosis, physical scarring, and death into happiness, forgiveness, empathy, purpose, belonging, and joy, Blooming is a poignant, powerful account of finding your way through the shit.


We Should All Be Millionaires by Rachel Rodgers

This product was recommended by Rosanna Gill from Host of Breaking Labels Podcast

This is the book I wish I’d had as a young girl. Growing up mixed, I didn’t see many powerful, wealthy women that looked like me. To read the story of another mixed woman who had similar life experiences, was broker than a joke like me as a young adult, dealt with self-doubt and shame and STILL rose and became wealthy is more than powerful. It is empowering. Power is more than a title or net worth. It is an opportunity to empower countless others and when you read Rachel’s book, you WILL be empowered to do the same. Trust and believe.


What Is Normal? by Ginny Scales Medeiros

This product was recommended by Ginny Sue from N/A

The story is about a girl, living in a trailer with her uneducated, teenage parents- in the backwoods who craves More! Moving out on her own at 15, making Headline News with record breaking car sales in a Man’s world, early 80s. Sues quest to WIN, chasing the worlds idea of normal, she lands the guy all the other woman want, invents and sells her own product on QVC, and still there is a void. As powerful as she is, she struggled with her demons. Sue has to give up drinking for good this time, or she will continue to mask her true feelings and repeat the infinite task of trying to WIN the worlds idea of success, and miss out on whats real.


The Era Of Femininity by Alisa Arvind

This product was recommended by Bea Chan from AKITA Agency

I actually met the author – Alisa – on my world travels and I never would have guessed that this strong, powerful woman that interacts with the world with such grace and humility had ever endured the level of hardship she has. From being a child bride to escaping a religious cult to becoming a journalist covering the Obama administration to diving deep into her healing journey and becoming an international speaker, coach and spiritual mentor. Alisa’s story is an inspirational reminder to us all to set ourselves free, to reclaim our feminine powers and to always make lemonade with the lemons life throws at us. A must-read!


Fighter in Velvet Gloves by Annie Boochever

This product was recommended by Rebecca Deitsch from Books ‘n’ Backpacks

If you have never heard of Elizabeth Peratrovich, then that needs to change now! Elizabeth was a member of the Tlingit nation and grew up in Alaska during the age of Jim Crow laws. She and her family faced a lot of discrimination due to their Native heritage, but Elizabeth tirelessly fought for a better future. She traveled all over Alaska to rally Native people and is often credited with achieving the passage of the Alaska Equal Rights Act of 1945, one of the first anti-discrimination laws in the US. In this short biography, author Annie Boochever teams up with Elizabeth’s son Roy Jr. to tell the inspiring story of this Tlingit woman who would not bow down to injustice. *Fighter in Velvet Gloves* is marketed for teens, but in my opinion it is an essential read for people of all ages.


The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah

This product was recommended by Gabby James from GabbyJames

When we think of powerful women today we often think of business women and CEO’s. We often forget the powerful women who came before us, the one’s not mentioned in our history books. The women of the Great Depression Era were some of the strongest, toughest, and most powerful women in history. This book features a single mom during the Great Depression Era who finds the courage and strength to protect her children and fight for the American dream. Her perseverance through all the hardships she faces, shows the true definition of a powerful woman.


Voices of Powerful Women by Zoe Sallis

This product was recommended by Susan Melony from Unbreak Yourself

This book aims to inspire women not just in the industry but also in their own lives. Featured women in this compilation have successfully proven themselves in terms of equality, freedom, dreams, and potential. Standing against the old toxic norms about having men above women may be tough to think about but these literary showcase stories proved it was not impossible. At this time of stressful days and discouraging society, this book is very beneficial.


The Powerful Women by Alexandar Hilton

This product was recommended by Amy Davis from My Cat Needs This

The book will give readers a fresh and sobering look at the unexplored world of women who have overcome poverty, violence, and other challenges to achieve greatness within their culture. This is a great read for those looking for inspirational stories from around the globe – all told by the people themselves. The Powerful Women explores what it takes to succeed from their varied perspectives. And undoubtedly, everyone can take away something valuable from this beautiful collection of personal narratives.


I’m Rising by Michelle G. Stradford

This product was recommended by Stephen Curry from CocoSign

Michelle, the writer, shares some powerful and inspirational self-love poems, prose, and mantras to take readers on an emotive journey of empowerment via life triumphs and tribulations. You can use self-love poetry to find the inner strength to crawl, get up, walk, fly and never give up. The uplifting book serves as a tool for self-love and personal transformation as you will get inspired from the very first poem to the last. It urges women and men to stretch and grow to their fullest potential.


Your Own Kind of Girl by Clare Bowditch

This product was recommended by Bridie Leah from BridieLeah

Clare Bowditch is a well known Australian singer songwriter and Your Own Kind of Girl is her autobiography. It’s a story of hope, of growing up and finding your feet in this world, overcoming challenges and storytelling through song. It’s a thought provoking book that made me laugh and cry and is a beautiful reminder that true power comes from within.


The Woman Code by Sophia A. Nelson

This product was recommended by Lucie Chavez from Radaris

This is a powerful book that talks about a specific code to lead you to a fulfilling and successful life. This new code, laid out by the author, is built to help women grow, succeed, and positively navigate themselves through life’s challenges as a woman. Sophia is a powerful, inspiring woman who is able to motivate the reader through her well-spoken words and experiences. This is a great book written by a powerful woman that can motivate you through the stories and points made in the book!


If It Ain’t One Thing To Grow Through It’s Another by Daijah Barnes

This product was recommended by Daijah Barnes from Mirror Management

I chose this book because this contributing author Daijah Barnes has a compelling story that has redefined resilience. Her media sheet is attached to this email. From a broke, broken teen mom to entrepreneur and personal development coach that teach on her Loaf of bread theory to keep the spirit fed.


The Gifts of Imperfection by Brené Brown

This product was recommended by Lynda Le from Polish Perfect

All of us may have experienced hearing voices inside our heads telling us how incapable we are and that we are not enough. But, this book by Brené Brown will help you eject insecurities out of yourself and will show you that you are enough and you will complete you! Your imperfections make you, you. This will change your self-perspective and the way you view your flaws.


The Daughters of Kobani by Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

This product was recommended by Lynda Le from Polish Perfect

This is an inspiring book based on the story of Kurdish Kobani women who strangely became part of the best hope of the world for stopping ISIS in Syria. Gayle Lemmon introduces the women in the frontline who are eager to dowse the ISIS terror and prove that women can also lead in war and enjoy peace in equal rights.


My Life by Golda Meir

This product was recommended by Alina Clark from CocoDoc

If ever there was a woman who exemplified power, it would be Golda Meir. She sat at the very top of the Israeli government when it was arguably the most challenging job one could ever wish for. By all means, this is one of the most intriguing personal stories I’ve come across. It reads like a fairy tale of sorts. The book is written almost with the cadence of her own voice. If anything, the strength and vision she possessed can clearly be seen from every page in the book. Other writers tend to glean from Golda’s words and derive from her words. Seeing her own words, and reading how she viewed things from her own perspective is quite refreshing. I was definitely riveted by the bok.


Jane Goodall by Dale Peterson

This product was recommended by Emily Johnson from LiveWire Leads

The book is an engaging memoir about how Jane Goodall, a young woman with little scientific training redefined our notions about primates, chimps and humankind. Ridiculed by the orthodox and mostly male arbitrators of the scientific community, she faced many hurdles. However, it was her perseverance, natural curiosity, fresh perspective and compassion for wildlife that made her carry through with her studies. Her later activism for animals is also very touching. Her gentle and sturdy nature shows us that power comes in many forms.


Notorious RBG by Irin Carmon

This product was recommended by Paige Arnof-Fenn from Mavens & Moguls

Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a national treasure, every woman in this country owes her a huge thank you, her smarts, persistence and tenacity are inspiring she never stopped fighting for truth and justice for all.


Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand

This product was recommended by Paige Arnof-Fenn from Mavens & Moguls

I could not put it down it inspired me and fueled my interest in business in college, such a strong protagonist I could relate to.


Becoming by Michell Obama

This product was recommended by Eden Cheng from PeopleFinderFree

In this book, Michelle Obama, the former First Lady of the United States, chronicles her journey in an in-depth and deeply captivating memoir that takes you through some of her most painful moments as well as some of the private struggles that she went through, as she fought to be heard and seen as a black woman in the USA. Hailing from the South Side of Chicago, which is recognized as one of the most dangerous neighborhoods in the city, she managed to climb all the way up to becoming one of the nation’s most prominent advocates for women’s rights, and in this book, she lays down her entire life story in her own words, as she reminds us of the importance of remaining resilient and striving for constant growth and self-discovery.


The Huntress by Kate Quinn

This product was recommended by Cindy Corpis from SearchPeopleFree

The female protagonists in this tale are fantastic. You feel as if you are there with the characters as they experience triumphs, tragedies, losses, and newfound love. This novel illustrates the actual fortitude of women. Nina is, without a doubt, one of my favorite characters in any book. If you appreciate reading about Nazis being tracked down, this is a must-read!


Song of a Captive Bird by Jasmin Darznik

This product was recommended by Cindy Corpis from SearchPeopleFree

Darznik’s carefully created characters and sensuous and horrific scenes are deftly situated amid Iran’s violent, oil-fueled, mid-twentieth-century political and social upheavals and stay true to the core of Farrokhzad’s bold, dramatic, and creative life. Farrokhzad will be intriguingly introduced to you thanks to Darznik’s engaging and instructive tale.


Ecstasy by Mary Sharratt

This product was recommended by Cindy Corpis from SearchPeopleFree

This is a novel that will appeal to readers who enjoy romantic women’s fiction. It’s a fun depiction of a determined lady whose problems are just as relevant today as they were a century ago. This uplifting story about an early feminist standing up for her work was one of my favorites.


Unbowed by Wangari Maathai

This product was recommended by Shiv Gupta from Incrementors

Nobel Laureate Wangari Maathai chronicles her incredible journey from her upbringing in rural Kenya to the international stage in Unbowed. Maathai established the Green Belt Movement in 1977, a vital poor people’s environmental movement centred on women’s empowerment that quickly swept across Africa. Maathai fought diligently to rescue Kenya’s forests and restore democracy to her beloved nation, despite run-ins with the Kenyan government and personal losses, as well as being incarcerated and abused on multiple occasions. This book contains a powerful message of doing what is right, weaving together the significance of education, rural life, the repercussions of colonisation and corruption, and the capacity of individuals to make a difference locally, nationally, and globally. I suggest this book, particularly for teenage discussion groups.


Act Like A Lady Think Like A Man by Steve Harvey

This product was recommended by Shiv Gupta from Incrementors

Steve Harvey’s Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man is a priceless self-help book that may assist women all over the world take charge of their relationships. The author says that by describing how guys think, he can help women better understand them & have successful relationships with men.


In Extremis by Lindsey Hilsum

This product was recommended by Fintan Costello from Bonus Finder

The biography describes the life of Marie Colvin, one of the world’s greatest war correspondents, and the sacrifices she made in her personal life – and ultimately in her death – to tell the stories of others. Written by her friend and colleague Lindsey Hilsum, the book delves into the myth behind a woman who gave her life to expose the atrocities of war against Syrian civilians. Reporting from the most dangerous war zones in the world, she made an ever-lasting mark in journalism.


The Measure of Our Lives by Toni Morrison

This product was recommended by Rebecca Danko from Rebi Simple Living

This book contains inspirational and challenging quotations from Morrison’s entire literary body of work. It’s a great introduction to her work, but also a nice tribute for her devoted readers.


Napierville by Zelna A. Oberholster

This product was recommended by Zuhura Miriam from Catalyst Brand Strategy

This book talks about a woman who later rose into executive positions, started her own foundation to help people with similar experiences and empower others. Napierville is an autobiography of a “Sporie” (railway child) who has been sexually abused since the age of 4 by various different men- friends of the family, family, neighbours and boyfriends up to the age of 16. This book is an honest story based on her life and all the avenues of healing that she has attempted and finding her own worth- her process of healing that she wishes to inspire other victims and survivors with her courage and will to heal and flourish.


The Confidence Code by Katty Kay and Claire Shipman

This product was recommended by Lindsey Allard from PlaybookUX

This is a wonderful book written by two successful and inspiring women who truly have a great sense of words. Katty and Claire reinforce the need to believe in yourself when you wake up each day. Not only do they use real-life examples and experiences, but they use actual research based on gender, genetics, and more. Katty and Claire believe that the main thing standing in the way of most potential female entrepreneurs is a lack of self-confidence. These authors talk about the importance of believing in yourself, provide tangible advice on how you can believe in yourself, and reading this will help you push your career & business forward (or even your personal life)!


The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

This product was recommended by Savaş Ateş from Good Carpet Guide

I will recommend this book because the author herself is a Hollywood movie icon who tells the stories of a glamourous and scandalous life. This revolves around her making way to Los Angeles from the 1950s to the 1980s when she said goodbye to the industry with seven husbands along the way. This was the most captivating read of 2017.


Survivors of a Generation Unheard by Saadia White

This product was recommended by Alesha Brown from Fruition Publishing Concierge Services

Several brave women reveal their horrific and graphic details of abuse, domestic violence and trauma experienced. From various cultures, ages and geographic locations, this global account also demonstrates a common truth of abuse: it takes no prisoners. Whether you are a generational survivor or know one, you are invited to take this journey of transparency and healing. We must save the next generations from the ravages of abuse by any means necessary. Silence is deadly.


Love On Me by Sheldine Gordon

This product was recommended by Alesha Brown from Fruition Publishing Concierge Services

Author Sheldine Gordon and her co-authors share how, through the love of God and rediscovering herself, she was able to overcome past hurts, broken relationships, and traumas while finding joy and happiness in her brokenness. Love On Me is an inspiring book that shows you the steps of healing, overcoming, and finding newness as you reemerge into the greatness that you were designed for.


My Beloved World By Sonia Sotomayor

This product was recommended by Martin Mora from Loose Grown Diamond

Sonia Sotomayor, the very first Hispanic and third female to be chosen to the US Supreme Court, has become an instantaneous National star. She now chronicles her story from a Bronx residential development to the judiciary committee, with a candour and sensitivity never before seen from a serving Judge, a voyage that is an uplifting monument to her own amazing perseverance and the strength of trusting in yourself.


Finding my Voice By Valerie Jarrett

This product was recommended by Martin Mora from Loose Grown Diamond

The ultimate Obama insider (The New York Times) and the Obama White House’s oldest political adviser reveals her adventures as a child, parent, attorney, successful businessman, civil employee, and political figure at a watershed era.


D-Day Girls By Sarah Rose

This product was recommended by Martin Mora from Loose Grown Diamond

The spectacular, hitherto unreported storey of the courageous females recruited by Britain’s premier secret organization to aid in the Period following world War II.


Think Outside the Odds by Vedika Dayal

This product was recommended by Vedika Dayal from Think Outside the Odds

The media is saturated with stories of figures like Bill Gates and Steve Jobs. Think Outside the Odds breaks this mold by telling the stories of 13 underdog entrepreneurs, a majority of whom are women. By delving into the outer edges of entrepreneurship, the book shares unorthodox ideas on how to turn your disadvantages into advantages for innovation. Most importantly, in a business world that often feels hostile to women and others who don’t fit in, the founders profiled in the book are a reminder that anyone can achieve the impossible.


Shark Tales by Barbara Corcoran

This product was recommended by Nora Glover from Catademy

Barbara Corcoran is a super-successful businesswoman with millions in yearly revenues. But can you believe that she failed to be good at over 20 professions before that? In this book, Barbara shares her inspiring story and teaches us how to keep our chins up no matter what and build what we really deserve instead of waiting for something miraculous to happen. Her story is a great example of how a small amount of cash, a dream, and hard work can make the world spin around you.


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