What does it really mean to be a woman in the world of business?
Women have published a number of inspiring books on being a female in the workplace, especially in the last few years. Sparked by the global conversation of equality and feminism, these books are insightful and filled with powerful anecdotes on the business world and society. We’ve rounded up some of the books by women in business that we’re most excited about to help you navigate the many titles available in print today.
11 Books About Women in Business You Should Read:
1. Geek Girl Rising by Heather Cabot and Samantha Walravens
Want to get to know some of the lesser-known key players in Silicon Valley? While many are already familiar with female tech trailblazers like Marissa Mayer and Sheryl Sandberg, Geek Girl Rising introduces some of the female leaders and innovators running the tech revolution behind the scene.
2. Worth It: Your Life, Your Money, Your Terms by Amanda Steinberg
As the CEO of DailyWorth.com — a financial management site for women — Amanda Steinberg has plenty of amazing first-hand experience with and knowledge on making money and enjoying every minute of it. In Worth It, Steinberg shares the transformative and positive power that can come with making money the way you want.
3. Drop the Ball: Achieving More by Doing Less by Tiffany Dufu
In this thoughtful and motivating memoir, Dufu dives deep into the obstacle that many women today face: being a successful career-minded woman while raising a family. Dufu uses her own personal experience — transitioning from a full-time business woman to a full-time mother — to prove that success doesn’t mean doing it all — it means doing it right.
After almost a decade as the editor-in-chief of the popular Seventeen magazine, Ann Shoket became familiar with the often untraditional but exciting world that many young trailblazing women were facing. Shoket, now the leader of the Badass Babe community, offers countless tips and advice on how to be an innovative and successful woman in a time when the rules are constantly changing.
5. Boss Bitch: A Simple 12-Step Plan to Take Charge of Your Career by Nicole Lapin
Nicole Lapin is a successful entrepreneur and the boss of her own life. Using her often hilarious real-life stories, Lapin illustrates how being in charge of your own life can’t be taught in a book or class — it comes from finding your inner “Boss Bitch.”
6. Fearless and Free: How Smart Women Pivot — And Relaunch Their Careers by Wendy Sachs
Using Silicon Valley and its fearless tech revolutionaries as prime examples, Wendy Sachs discusses the doubtful and cautious mindset that plagues many women today. Sachs spoke with many different women who didn’t let roadblocks, fears, and setbacks keep them from reinventing and reinvigorating their careers.
7. Work with Me: The 8 Blind Spots Between Men and Women in Business by Annis Barbara and John Gray
Two authorities on gender relations, Annis Barbara and John Gray, unravel an intense study including more than 100,000 interviews. Their studies offers insight into the disconnect and miscommunication that men and women often experience in the workplace. This fascinating and informative study delves into both the social and biological factors that create the "8 Gender Blind Spots," or the major false assumptions that create discord between men and women.
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8. Women Who Work: Rewriting the Rules for Success by Ivanka Trump
An entrepreneur in avenues that include business and fashion, Ivanka Trump has been the inspiration to many women looking to follow their passions and be successful doing it. In her latest book, Trump shares her honest and trusted advice to help guide women to make the most of their potential. This is the era where women have the ability to be mothers, wives, and businesswomen — all at the same time.
9. The Fifth Trimester: The Working Mom's Guide to Style, Sanity, and Big Success After Baby by Lauren Smith Brody
As valuable and necessary as many women find What to Expect When You’re Expecting before and during their pregnancy, The Fifth Trimester is the manual on not only how to be an attentive new mother, but also how to get back into the work you’d been doing pre-motherhood. With this book, you’ll find countless down-to-earth, necessary, and even comical tips on how to enjoy a successful new life as a working parent.
10. Lean in: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg
Sheryl Sandberg’s TED Talk in 2010 inspired millions of women to take a deeper look into what it means to be a female leader and to “sit at the table” that’s often comprised only of men. As the chief operating officer of Facebook, one of Fortune’s "50 Most Powerful Women in Business" and one of Time’s Most Influential People in the World, Sandberg offers tried and true advice to women at every phase of their careers. She shows readers how to start creating a culture where women support one another in their efforts to be as successful and fulfilled as possible.
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11. Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy by Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant
In her new book following the tragic loss of her husband, Sandberg teams up with Originals author Adam Grant, a psychologist and top-rated professor at Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. They unearth how people come out of losses like Sandberg’s and continue to lead successful lives. As Sandberg learns, it’s about moving past Option A and doing the most with Option B.