If you’re a woman in the business world, you have likely come across different forms of discrimination or prejudice because of your gender. Since the majority of company presidents and CEOs are men, it can be hard to move up the ranks. We’ve compiled a list of the most empowering, informative, and helpful books for women in business to overcome gender discrimination and be successful.
- #Girlboss by Sofia Amoruso. If you’re at the beginning of your career but have aspirations to one day be a CEO, then #Girlboss is for you. Learn how Sofia went from rags to riches on her own business instincts and understanding of what customers want. It’ll teach you how to stand up for yourself and take risks.
- Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg. Arguably one of the most influential female business people of our times, Sheryl talks about the steps she took to get where she is today and how the relationships she built along the way helped her succeed. It’s incredibly inspiring to read her words of wisdom.
- Leave Your Mark by Aliza Licht. This is certainly a novel for the millennial business women (often calling themselves “girl bosses”) who want to build their empire without sacrificing who they are. Hone your social media skills and improve your interpersonal skills to climb the ladder. Aliza teaches you how to get what you want.
- Year of Yes by Shonda Rhymes. Most know Shonda from her acting and producing roles, but her success took a whole lot of business smarts as well as pure talent. In her debut book, she talks about overcoming fears and taking risks to achieve your goals. Stop saying no because you assume you’ll fail, start saying yes and see what happens!
- Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert. For any woman in a creative field, you know how intimidating and scary it can be to express yourself. This is true for showing your work to clients, or proposing a great new idea to your boss. Creativity leaks into every facet of our lives, especially in business. Elizabeth teaches us how to master that creativity and stop apologizing for it.
- Rich Bitch by Nicole Lapin. This is an amazing read for any business savvy lady who wants to know the exact steps to success. Nicole outlines her mistakes, achievements, and embarrassments along the way to becoming a successful businesswoman and author. Told with lots of humor, Rich Bitch also gives concrete, specific advice for networking, career building and more.
Women in business have an arguably harder time then men when climbing the ladder. There are preconceived notions of how we will act and make decisions which are completely unfair and often times untrue. Women are perceived to be bad at making decisions, flirty temptresses distracting the men from work, or unreliable workers who go on maternity leave every two seconds. If you’ve ever felt limited in your career because of your gender, check out any one of these booksto realize how much power you truly have in reaching your goals.