14 empowering books for women everyone should read

Lena Haydt
Mar 8 · 6 min read

Although we live in the 21st century, women are still facing a lot of inequality at their workplaces. Women are a minority in executive positions and tend to earn less than their male counterparts. Especially the Tech industry is experiencing a huge gender gap*. Instead of waiting for a miracle change, we women should proactively fight against that. Some famous and successful women like Sheryl Sandberg, Sophia Amoruso or Sallie Krawcheck already laid the grounds by writing down their experiences for others to learn and profit from. Here are our top 14 books that can help us, women, to create a better and more equal future.

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The Power of Women at Work
by Sallie Krawcheck

This book is a new kind of career playbook for a new era of feminism, offering women a new set of rules for professional success: one that plays to their strengths and builds on the power they already have.

256 pages, Crown Business 2017

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Nice Girls Don’t Get the Corner Office

Unconscious Mistakes Women Make That Sabotage Their Careers
by Lois P. Frankel

Before you were told to “Lean in”, Dr Lois Frankel told you how to get that corner office.

384 pages, Business Plus 2014

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Gender Equality by Design
by Iris Bohnet

Gender equality is a moral and a business imperative. But unconscious bias holds us back, and de-biasing people’s minds have proven to be difficult and expensive.

400 pages, Belknap Press 2016

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Girl Code

Unlocking the Secrets to Success, Sanity, and Happiness for the Female Entrepreneur
by Cara Alwill Leyba

Women around the world have responded to Cara Alwill Leyba’s Girl Code with a resounding YES. Companies like Kate Spade and Macy’s have brought her in to teach “the Code.” Inc. magazine named Girl Code one of the “Top 9 Inspiring Books Every Female Entrepreneur Should Read” alongside Lean In, #Girlboss, and Thrive.

176 pages, Portfolio 2017

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My Fight for Inclusion and Lasting Change
by Ellen Pao

The “necessary and incisive” (Roxane Gay) account of the discrimination case that “has blown open a conversation about the status of women” in the workplace (The New York Times).

288 pages, Soiegel & Grau 2017

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A Uterus Is a Feature, Not a Bug

The Working Woman’s Guide to Overthrowing the Patriarchy
by Sarah Lacy

A rallying cry for working mothers everywhere that demolishes the “distracted, emotional, weak” stereotype and definitively shows that these professionals are more focused, decisive, and stronger than any other force.

320 pages, HarperBusiness 2017

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Women in Tech

Take Your Career to the Next Level with Practical Advice and Inspiring Stories
by Tarah Wheele & Esther Dyson

Written by a female startup CEO and featuring a host of other successful contributors, this book will help dismantle the unconscious social bias against women in the tech industry.

272 pages, Sasquatch Books 2017

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Breaking Up the Boys’ Club of Silicon Valley
by Emily Chang

Silicon Valley is a modern utopia where anyone can change the world. Unless you’re a woman.

320 pages, Portfolio 2018

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Lean In

Women, Work, and the Will to Lead
by Sheryl Sandberg

The #1 international best seller: In this book, Sheryl Sandberg, the COO of Facebook, reignited the conversation around women in the workplace. Written with humor and wisdom, Lean In is a revelatory, inspiring call to action and a blueprint for individual growth that will empower women around the world to achieve their full potential.

240 pages, Knopf 2013

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In the Company of Women

Inspiration and Advice from over 100 Makers, Artists, and Entrepreneurs
by Grace Bonney

I want to rip out every page of this glorious book and hang them on my wall so that I can be surrounded by these incredible women all day long.

351 pages, Artisan 2016

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We Should All Be Feminists

by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

That is the question at the heart of We Should All Be Feminists, a personal, eloquently-argued essay — adapted from her much-viewed Tedx talk of the same name.

65 pages, Vintage 2014

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by Sophia Amoruso

In the New York Times bestseller that the Washington Post called “Lean In for misfits,” Sophia Amoruso shares how she went from dumpster diving to found one of the fastest-growing retailers in the world.

256 pages, Portfolio 2015

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Earning It

Hard-Won Lessons from Trailblazing Women at the Top of the Business World
by Joann S. Lublin

More than fifty trailblazing executive women who broke the corporate glass ceiling offer inspiring and surprising insights and lessons in this essential, in-the-trenches career guide from Joann S. Lublin.

304 pages, HarperBusiness 2016

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Geek Girl Rising

Inside the Sisterhood Shaking Up Tech
by Heather Cabot & Samantha Parent Walravens

Geek Girl Rising isn’t about the famous tech trailblazers you already know, like Sheryl Sandberg and Marissa Mayer. Instead, veteran journalists Heather Cabot and Samantha Walravens introduce readers to new fearless female entrepreneurs and technologists.

272 pages, St. Martin’s Press 2017

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Do you know any other great books for empowering women at their workplaces that we might have missed? Let us know in the comments below. #sharingiscaring

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