7 books for women in business to read
Being a woman can have its ups and downs. And being a woman in business can sometimes feel like exploring uncharted waters. That’s why learning from and listening to other women who have been through it before can be so valuable.
We put together a list of seven books that anyone, but women-identifying people especially, in business could find useful for reaching their entrepreneurial goals. These women authors have done the research, the interviews, and the writing to help you feel inspired and supported.
Drop the Ball: Achieving More by Doing Less by Tiffany Dufu
This first-hand account of evaluating career and personal goals as an ever-changing part of life is full of lessons for women trying to have it all. Author Tiffany Dufu writes about the experience of reevaluating her expectations for herself and making meaning in everything she does. Her book offers advice for women on similar paths looking for answers.
Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert
You may recognize this author from her best-selling book Eat Pray Love. Gilbert’s inspirational book is for those looking for that extra push to get creative. This book will help you welcome curiosity and practice mindfulness. Become your best creator and businesswoman self possible.
We Should All Be Millionaires: A Woman’s Guide to Earning More, Building Wealth, and Gaining Economic Power by Rachel Rodgers
Rachel Rodgers, a Teachable creator, is helping women on their journey to seven figures. Her book helps readers understand money, how women and people of color can break down barriers that have been put up for them, and how to make sound financial decisions. Rodgers is a Black woman, mother, business owner, attorney, and millionaire offering everything she’s learned to others looking for success.
Invisible Women: Data Bias in a World Designed for Men by Caroline Criado Perez
As a woman in business, learning about data and how to use it can help you when it comes to business plans, audience research, idea validation, and more. And understanding possible biases and gaps in that data is also important for using it well. This book breaks down how women are frequently left out of the research so much of the world is built on.
The Making of a Manager: What to Do When Everyone Looks to You by Julie Zhou
Being a business owner means you’ll be boss by default if you ever hire anyone else. So that being said, where does one even start learning to manage? Julie Zhou knows from experience that becoming a manager before you feel ready can feel like an impossible task. So she wrote a book about how to navigate it.
In the Company of Women: Inspiration and Advice from over 100 Makers, Artists, and Entrepreneurs by Grace Bonney
Who better to learn from and be inspired by than women who have experienced all the good and bad times of being an entrepreneur, maker, and woman. This collection of advice was curated by Grace Bonney to help share wisdom from more than 100 women who have made it. Plus, if you like this book check out Grace’s other curated advice book called Collective Wisdom.
The Confidence Code by Katty Kay and Claire Shipman
Confidence is one of the keys to success. And having confidence in yourself and your ability can help you and your business thrive. The Confidence Code explores the science of confidence. Who has it, where it comes from, and how to develop it.