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Team AMI
Mar 27 · 3 min read

Every Wednesday during Women’s History Month, we featured a list of women we admire for #womancrushwednesday. For our last week of Women’s History Month, we’re sharing some of our favorite female authors as a collective group.

‘The Universe Has Your Back’ by Gabrielle Bernstein

This book came out just before I had a solo work trip to the Ritz Carlton, Laguna Niguel several years ago. I didn’t have much time outside of my work duties but being able to curl up in a chair with the windows open and in a quiet space did wonders for me. I was able to devour the book over the course of the trip and walked away with a new outlook on life. I became more positive and open to new possibilities, many of which lead me to where I’m at today. If you’re stuck, this is the book for you, enjoy!”

— Janessa Oriol, Head of Community

‘Throne of Glass,’ novel series by Sarah J. Maas

This series features a female protagonist who is both relatable and admirable and displays general badassery. I love to escape to the world Sarah J. Maas has built and the entire series is hard to put down.”

— Kristen Lingwood, Software Engineer

‘The Guilty Feminist,’ by Deborah Frances-White

“I have been a long-time fan of Deborah’s podcast of the same name. I love Deborah’s work because she acknowledges that ‘being a feminist’ can at times be difficult and/or confusing, and she has a knack for bridging high ideals to *practical* advice on how to approach feminism and activism for people who find such things intimidating.She makes me feel feminism is something I can apply in my daily life, rather than just something I aspire to.”

— Xiao Fan, Senior Software Engineer

‘You Are A Badass,’ by Jen Sincero

It was an easy read. It’s written in a very informal way, and it’s empowering for all. It’s definitely a great pick-me-upper for anyone who has had a rough time with self-esteem and self-confidence. It’s been over a year since I read it, but I’ll definitely give it a read one more time.”

— Orlando Rodriguez, Software Engineer

‘Hyperbole and a Half,’ by Allie Brosh

“I’ve always been a fan of Allie’s webcomics and blog and went through a phase a few years ago where I was mostly reading memoirs and was so excited when this came out. Brosh is able to communicate a range of emotions — from giddiness to anger, with simple MSPaint drawings and text. When you’re flipping through the pages of text, you aren’t reading a re-telling of Brosh’s life experience…you’re living through it with her at the same time.”

— Amal Dar Aziz, CEO & Co-founder

‘Outlander,’ by Diana Gabaldon

“Sincerely the best adventure novel I’ve ever read with a female lead. Claire is smart, bold, and unapologetic — for better or worse — about who she is and what she’s good at. She goes after what she believes in with all her power and is a force to reckon with on the page and to any man that stands in her way. Plus, what’s not to love about a novel that includes romance, adventure, medicine, sci-fi and history all in one?!”

— Kara Hoholik, Community Success Lead

‘The Joy Luck Club,’ by Amy Tan

“I think Amy Tan does a great job of making the characters relatable. I found a trait in every female character in the novel that resonated with me and it helped broaden my perspective to better empathize with others. Plus, it’s not only one of my favorite books but also my mom and brother’s favorite, too!”

— Nayomi Hemphill, Operations Manager


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