5 Books Every Woman in Tech Should Read in 2017

Take the time to read, listen or browse the following recently published books that tackle women in business or women in tech related issues.

1. Women in Tech: Take Your Career to the Next Level with Practical Advice and Inspiring Stories by Tarah Wheeler Van Vlack

(Amazon, Audible)

Chapters from this book are written by actual ladies who tech, interspersed with chapters from Van Vlack. Contributors include Angie Chang, co-founder of @Women2.0 & VP of Strategic Partnerships at Hackbright Academy; Keren Elazari, TED speaker and cybersecurity expert; Kristin Toth Smith, COO at getDolly/inventor; and others.

As a bonus, Van Vlack’s informational book was originally funded via a Kickstarter campaign, making it extra geeky.

2. Female Innovators at Work: Women on Top of Tech by Danielle Newnham

(Amazon, blog)

Danielle is a UK-based startup founder who interviewed 20 different female innovators and entreprenuers in this book, including Lynda Weinman, of Lynda.com fame, Martha Lane Fox, Gwynne Shotwell, Radia Perlman, Majora Carter, Ramona Pierson and more. It’s an inspirational and informative glimpse into the world they rule.

3. Rise of the Rocket Girls: The Women Who Propelled Us, from Missiles to the Moon to Mars Hardcover by Nathalia Holt

Even if you’ve already seen (or read) Hidden Figures, this book will shed a bit of light on early women working in STEM and remind you that being a woman in tech has never been easy. Holt tells the true story of the female “human computers” who worked at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California during the 1940s and 50s. The book is based on Holt’s extensive research and interviews with all the living members of the team and details how these brilliant — and often overlooked — ladies calculated rocket trajectories by hand.

4. Feminist Fight Club by Jessica Bennett

(Amazon, Audible, book website)

This workplace manual / manifesto is one that several of us here at theBoardlist wish we’d read when we started out in tech years ago. It includes a lot of real-world research and personal stories around how women and men work together (or not). The punk-rock manifesto style might not be for everyone, but is a fun read that might even spur you to rally your own cadre of supportive women around you.

5. Pivot: The Only Move That Matters Is Your Next One by Jenny Blake

(Amazon, book website)

In a sea of business/self-help/career change books, Jenny Blake’s Pivot is a good choice for women in tech for several reasons. In addition to the pun-in-cheek startupy title, she’s also got tech chops — she’s done time at both a small tech startup and put in 5+ years at Google. She’s since left the tech world, but guides readers through the steps required to make a career change.


We’re also big fans of theBoardlist community member Adam Grant’s work and really just anything he does (see: his newest TED talk). What books are inspiring you these days — at work or just generally?

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